On 24th February Moldovan President Maia Sandu announced that Moldova would introduce a state of emergency and was ready to accept tens of thousands of people fleeing neighbouring Ukraine after the Russian invasion earlier in the week. There are currently around 83,000 refugees in Moldova, most of the placement centres and churches are now full and many families throughout the country are hosting refugees in their own homes.

Psalm 46 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” It is our privilege and responsibility to act as the hands and feet of Jesus in these difficult times.

Our ministry partner Beginning of Life, based in the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, has done just that, responding both quickly and intentionally. 27 staff members and an additional 50 volunteers are refocusing their energy on responding to the crisis. They have been working together to care for the vulnerable by:

  • Running a 24/7 hotline – for those who require assistance. They take 150-170 calls a day, connecting refugees with the immediate help they need.
  • Providing daily transport – from the border to Chisinau (the capital of Moldova) and other cities, for over 250 people.
  • Organising teams of volunteers – to serve in the neutral zone at three border crossings, providing hot drinks and snacks for refugees waiting to cross.
  • Equipping placement centres – with mattresses, bedding and pillows, as well as hygiene items, medicines and food.
  • Recruiting and qualifying host families – to offer accommodation for refugees in their homes.
  • Providing special refugee family programmes and ‘day camps’ for children and teens, including breakfast, hot lunches, snacks, and hot drinks.
Ukraine Refugee Delivering Supplies
Ukraine Refugee Baby Sleeping
Ukraine Refugee Volunteers

Beginning of Life has also been conducting individual counselling and art therapy sessions to help young people and adults deal with the deep psychological trauma that they have experienced. The team is planning on setting up a trauma, peace & reconciliation programme for displaced people that will run for at least the next two years.

As well as working alongside a network of 35 churches and other community groups and organisations in Moldova, Beginning of Life has also established a long-term relationship with the Department for Medical and Social Protection to collaborate more effectively in addressing the effects of the refugee crisis.

As the situation develops, the team at Beginning of Life will continue to plan and adapt to meet the ongoing needs of Ukrainian refugees, and they need your help.

Ukraine Refugee Counselling
Ukraine Refugee Centre
Ukraine Refugee Hotline

Please would you prayerfully consider how you can help today?

PRAY:

Please pray for the developing situation in Ukraine, for an end to the fighting and for peace to be restored. Please pray for all those who have left their homes and fled across the border.

GIVE:

Please prayerfully consider how you can give to support this appeal. Right now, Beginning of Life needs financial support to meet the immediate needs of refugees through food, shelter and transport. Longer term they will need funds to provide ongoing psychological trauma support and counselling. You can donate by clicking the button below.

SHARE:

Please share this appeal with your friends, family, and church members. You are our best advocates and we can make a bigger difference together as we share the need with others who can help.