Christians from America, Poland, and Ukraine jointly organized the evacuation of 62 orphans from Mariupol. The initiator of the action was Pastor Matt Shea and his wife Viktoria from Ukraine. Pastor Shea works as part of the American organization Loving Families & Home for Orphans, which for several years has been helping in the adoption of orphans from Ukraine by Ukrainian families in the United States. They came to Poland together with a group of American Christians, from where they went to Lviv to save orphans from the war and transport them to a safe place – to the House of Creative Work of the Association of Polish Journalists in Kazimierz Dolny. On the Polish side, the action was coordinated by pastor Paweł Chojecki and pastor Radosław Kopeć from the New Covenant Church in Lublin. The transport of children from Mariupol to Lviv was organized by Ukrainian pastors. Two Polish drivers from a transport company in the vicinity of Janów Lubelski turned out to be silent heroes of the action. Great and quick help was also shown by the Mayor of Lublin Krzysztof Żuk and people from the Center for Aid to Ukraine. It was they who helped to organize accommodation. The director of the center, Dariusz Popławski, together with his employees, showed great heart.
The children have been under the care of volunteers from the New Covenant Church and Christians from America. They are also provided with psychological, pedagogical, and medical care. [Article] [Film]
Unfortunately, false posts appeared on social media alarming about alleged problems with the lack of food or deportation of Ukrainian children who are in Poland as refugees. This led to many unjustified interventions by local activists and the police. Unfortunately, some Polish media began to fuel the atmosphere of scandal around this case and reproduce many rumors and lies about the Americans who helped the orphans of Mariupol, saving them from the war. As a result of this propaganda, another group of orphans from Vinnytsia decided to stay in Ukraine. “They would rather expose themselves to Russian bombs than be used by Russian propaganda in Poland,” Pastor Matthew Shea reported on Against the Tide TV. [Article 1] [Article 2]
After these events, Bartłomiej Godlewski, Deputy Mayor of Kazimierz Dolny and Dariusz Popławski, director of the Journalist’s House, where orphans from Mariupol found shelter, appeared on our TV. Both criticized the ridiculous accusations made against American Protestants and also presented the results of the inspections, which did not reveal any irregularities.
The president of the Association of Polish Journalists Krzysztof Skowroński spoke about the orphans from Mariupol. He denied rumors about the alleged harm that is happening to Ukrainian children rescued from the war zone. On the other hand, the actions of Polish journalists, specifically the article by the editor of Żądło from Newsweek, commented on the topic:
“It has been a long time since I witnessed so many manipulative events – facts and comments – played out, mixed with fiction. The article slandered the guardians and accused them of committing all the sins of the world. Almost all.”
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CEvery day we embrace in our prayers the suffering and fighting Ukrainians and we ask God for a complete victory for Ukraine, which alone defends the entire Free World. From the very first days of the war, we were involved in actively helping the fraternal Ukrainian nation treacherously invaded by Russia. That is why we have launched another initiative for evangelical Christians. The letter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has already been signed by pastors of the New Covenant Church in Lublin (Paweł Chojecki, Radosław Kopeć, Paweł Machała, Michał Fałek) and pastor Ireneusz Dawidowicz from the “Way of Salvation” Congregation of the Baptist Church in Poland and many Christians. Encourage your church to join the action! [Article] [Film]
PPastor Gabriel Blomgren and Hania Jazgarska sang a few songs to God with a dedication to war-torn Ukraine. [Film]
Help from Hong Kong Christians for children from Ukraine!
Our television interviewed Christians from Hong Kong who flew to Poland from Great Britain to help Ukrainians and publicize the rescue of 62 orphans from Mariupol. We had the opportunity to speak with Pastor Roy Chan and Nikii, who told us about their ministry.
Ukrainian pastor for Against the Tide: God is blurring the divisions between Poland and Ukraine!
Ukrainian pastor Andrii Khlopkov from the Church of God “Grace of Christ” in Krakow was a guest on our TV. He commented on the current hostilities in Ukraine and talked about the emerging beautiful Polish-Ukrainian friendship and how to cultivate and strengthen this friendship. He told us: “God is blurring the national divisions between Ukrainians and Poles today. He makes these two brotherly nations actually become brothers”.
God, let me survive – memories of Ludwik Jaszczur from Monte Cassino
On the National Day of Remembrance of the Cursed Soldiers, an interview with Mr. Ludwik Jaszczur, a veteran of the 2nd Polish Corps and a participant in the Battle of Monte Cassino, has its premiere.
The Bible and psychology. Lectures by Pastor Ireneusz Dawidiwicz
This month our guest was Pastor Ireneusz Dawidowicz from the Baptist Church in Bialystok, who gave a series of lectures entitled “The Bible and Psychology”.
We have published an evangelization leaflet in Polish and Ukrainian, which answers the questions: Why are there wars in the world? Why do people hurt each other? Why does God allow this? You can download the leaflet here.
A Ukrainian website проти течії TV was created, on which the materials of Against the Tide TV in Ukrainian are posted: https://idzpodprad.pl/ukraina/
On our website idzpodprad.pl/wsparcie-dla-ukrainy/, you can donate to refugees from Ukraine.
“The Bible in Wartime”
We’ve developed a weekly Bible reading plan called “The Bible in Wartime” to help you find answers to your questions and give you tips on what to do when there’s war just across the border.
On our youtube channel, there is also the latest cover of the song “I can only imagine” by MercyMe, performed by Hanna Jazgarska.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON:
- We are developing the Ukrainian section on our television.
- We are working on long-term forms of help for Ukrainians, including finding a job and permanent housing. We will be grateful for your ideas and suggestions and for your willingness to help in this area.
- We are preparing a documentary about the international action of Christians from America, Poland, and Ukraine, who helped save 62 orphans from Mariupol.
- We are working on launching career guidance and Bible counseling in cooperation with Pastor Ireneusz Dawidowicz from the “Way of Salvation” Congregation of the Baptist Christian Church in Poland.