Situation:

On Feb. 24, armed conflict broke out between Russia and Ukraine, causing a humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 3 million people are seeking refuge in neighboring countries, including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova. There are major humanitarian concerns for both internally displaced people and refugees. 

   

Response:

Lutheran Disaster Response is supporting member churches through Lutheran World Federation:

The churches are distributing food, bedding and hygiene items, as well as providing pastoral care and assisting Roma communities and foreign nationals. Additional responses through partners in these countries and others in the region are expected in the coming weeks and months.

 

Be a part of the response:

Pray
Please pray for people who have been impacted by the crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Give
Thanks to generous donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response (Eastern Europe Crisis Response) will be used in full (100%) to assist those impacted by the war in Ukraine.

There are several ways to make your donation:

  • Make checks payable to Lutheran Disaster Response. Write "Eastern Europe Crisis Response" on your check's memo line and send to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

  • Call 800-638-3522 to make a donation with a credit card.

  • Or make an online donation

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.

  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.

  • Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook, follow @ELCALDR on Twitter, and follow @ELCA_LDR on Instagram.

  • Download the situation report and share as a PDF.

Lutheran World Relief:

The needs of our neighbors in Ukraine and the number of refugees are growing every hour. Your continued love will get cash directly into the hands of refugees and support the incredible partners, including other Lutheran congregations near Ukraine, that are welcoming neighbors in with loving arms.

Our teams are on the ground meeting immediate needs and planning a longer-term response as families rebuild their lives after destruction. But we can’t do it without you.  Give generously here - Until your love reaches every neighbor.

Refugee One:

 Although it’s too soon to know what role the U.S. will play in their resettlement, RefugeeOne stands ready to welcome Ukrainians, just as we’ve welcomed Afghans these past 6 months. Our national resettlement partners are in conversation with the State Department to ensure we're prepared to respond whatever the need may be...(Read more here)