Lisichansk, Lugansk region
This congregation of around 120 members is facing difficult times. Even before the war started the town was in a very depressed economical state. It is a town where there are literally no jobs available. The war made the situation even worse than before. All people who could leave the town have moved away. The membership dropped from 250 people to 120 people, mostly elderly people. People could survive somehow over the summer and fall months from vegetables in their gardens. But winter is when the needs are the greatest. The biggest need for people is the heating of their houses. They need to buy coal which is expensive and not affordable for people with such low or no incomes. People need warm boots and clothing and money to pay for medications. Summertime is a good season for buying coal, since the price is a little less than winter. The deacons and the pastor of the church have asked us for help in raising the funds for these needs of the neediest members of the congregation. The amount requested by them is $4,000.00. Our team believes that this is a reasonable amount. The support is needed by August 15th 2016.
Dzerhinsk, Donetsk region
In this town we partner with 2 local Baptists churches. Their situation and the needs are very similar to those of Lisichansk congregation. The only difference is this city is right on the frontline of the war. In 2 congregations there are about 100 people who desperately need “winter help” support. The requested amount for 100 people is $3,500.00. The support is needed by August 15th 2016