Having moved instruction online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary has got a unique opportunity not only to teach about holistic mission, but to practice it…
Since the quarantine was introduced in mid-March, 2020, staff of Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary have personally visited 56 poor families in neighboring areas. A list of the needy was requested from local authorities, social workers and church ministers.
As a matter of fact, the poor pension protection of the absolute majority of 11.3 million Ukrainian pensioners (the total population of the country is 42 million people), which varies from $77 to around $140 per month, and stoppage of public transportation during the quarantine have literally put many elderly people at the brink of survival.
Apart from the elderly, Vira Fliuhrant, the head of the maintenance department, and her team paid visits to the disabled, the sick, single mothers, patients suffering from stroke effects (problems with speech and memory loss), poor families and internally displaced persons, who spend all their scarсe resources for medications and food.
Of particular interest is a story a family of internally displaced persons from Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine. Having fled the warzone in 2014 and moved to Kyiv, they still live in conditions which leave much to be desired. To be more exact, having no access to electricity, heating, water or other utilities, they have to go to a brook to get water and cook on fire outside.
Heart-breaking are also stories of elderly people, some of whom are bed patients, abandoned by their own children. Undoubtedly, any assistance is invaluable for them.
The provided aid packages included mostly food, hygiene items and general medications. In addition to financial and material help, UETS staff distributed the Bibles, which had been provided by the Ukrainian Bible Society, and prayed with the people if they were willing to do that.
We do appreciate the financial contribution of our American friends from College Park Church, who, despite struggling with the pandemic themselves, made decision to help the needy people in Ukraine.