Message from Ukraine

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130).

This is what we hear from Ukraine, today. There are three parts to this communication to you. The first is a message sent to Pastor Lanny Westphal (Interim Senior Pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Washington, IL) from his sister, who lives with her husband and family in Ukraine. You may distribute her story wherever you like. The second part is a public communication from Bishop Pavlo Shvarts of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine. The third part provides information about four avenues of assisting aid programs for refugees now and, hopefully, for those suffering loss within Ukraine in the future: Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, the Lutheran World Federation, and the ELCA Slovak Zion Synod (International Relations Committee).

—Bishop John Roth

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