24 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP WITH KYIV
BUMC has been in ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine, since BUMC hosted six Russian children and a chaperone for two-and-a-half weeks in the summer of 1998. With donations from almost 300 members, BUMC helped purchase a building for Spring of Life UMC’s ministry, which houses Spring of Life UMC’s congregation and the Kyiv UMC Center which has a ministry to children and families at risk. Mission teams from each country have visited each other’s churches and homes, forming lasting bonds.
Thus, we at BUMC are especially heartbroken over the situation in Ukraine. Apparently, most of the members have fled Kyiv for safer areas in Ukraine or other nations in the E.U. The church building, itself, is being used as a bomb shelter in the city. Meanwhile, one of the leaders who visited BUMC several years back, Pavel Osipenko, fled with his family to western Ukraine, and wrote with an update. He said, "To help migrants from dangerous regions of Ukraine, we organized a place for temporary residence in a local school. Today is the end of only the fourth day of our work, and we have already sheltered 86 people, and last night 62 people spent the night at the same time. There are many small children among them."
As Lead Pastor Brad Dulaney said, “Please continue to pray, and also to give to support our special collection to support Ukraine.”
BUMC Kyiv ministry team
Would you please pass our huge gratitude to the church for thinking of us, praying for us, and expressing all of this in that heartfelt note with a collection of signatures we received?
We feel your prayers and your support!
May God bless you all!
Pastor Vladimir and Mila (on behalf of the church)
July 18, 2022
NEW Pictures of United Methodist Standing with Ukrainian refugees in several bordering countries and shelters in Western Ukraine.
Here is a report from Pastor Validimir, of Spring of Life UMC, after 100 days of war.
See how donations to UMCOR are directly helping people from Ukraine and what is giving our partners hope. Hear how our partners are encouraged by the support they’ve received, where they see God in the midst of suffering, and what you can pray for right now.
President Biden Announced Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion. A sponsor will have apply to accept and financially support anyone approved for the sponsoring individual or agency. Learn about helping Ukrainian refugees.
Here are personal accounts of United Methodist in Ukraine.
Here is the covenant between Blacksburg UMC and Spring of Life UMC.
Learn more about how UMCOR is helping in Ukraine.
Read a United Methodist News Service story featuring BUMC.
Two ways to donate:
1) Contributions to BUMC marked “Ukraine” will be split, with half going toward the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Advance for immediate relief and half being put into the existing endowment that assists Spring of Life UMC for the rebuilding of the Spring of Life UMC and the Spring Family Center once the war is over.
2) Contributions to BUMC marked “Advance #982450” will be directed to UMCOR, which is already partnering with agencies on the ground to assist those displaced by the fighting.