This page is to provide regular Ukraine updates to let the amazing supporters of Link to Hope and Door of Hope know what is happening and importantly where your money is being spent. If we are able to show photos we will, however as you can imagine sometimes that isn’t possible. Also although many of our project managers are pastors please know that people are being helped regardless of their colour, creed, religion or nationality. Our sole purpose is to help everyone we can.
This appears to be falling into three main categories at the moment
- Helping refugees to escape Ukraine
- Helping refugees who have escaped Ukraine and gone to Romania & Moldova
- Sending in humanitarian aid sourced locally into Ukraine
24/05/2022 – Eastern Ukraine, Doblast Region
This video has been filmed by a Pastor in Ukraine who is doing very similar work to AG our project manager in the East of Ukraine. This is the day to day reality faced by project leaders in this part of the country as they drive around delivering food and medicine and helping those in remote communities. We are astonished at just how frightening and dangerous the reality of the situation is.
20/05/2022 – Zhelannoye, Ukraine
This is the latest report from AG who is project manager for the Angel of Light, a project for traumatised children and their families from the 2014 war and shelling ever since. “In the village of Zhelannoye, shelling by Russian troops has become more frequent. Recently, in our village, several houses burned down from the hits of Russian shells. Fortunately, our house, where the Angels of Light club gathers, was not damaged. We continue to help people with food, hygiene products, and essentials. Thanks to your help, many people today do not feel hunger.
Also, I continue to evacuate people from places where hostilities are taking place in my car. This man’s name is Yuri. His body is partially paralyzed and he can hardly move. I took him from the basement, where he hid from shells and rockets. Brought him to relatives in Poltava, a city where there is no war and shelling.
16/05/2022 – Zaraphozia, Ukraine
Two of our project managers managed to find sanctuary in Germany. However their deep love for the people left behind in Zaraphozia has meant that they are spending every minute trying to buy food and have it sent back to Zaraphozia. This is the latest photos from the funds that Link to Hope and Door of Hope have sent them. Z. has decided to come back to the Ukraine temporary to make the delivery in person so we are hoping that she gets there safely and doesn’t come across any road blocks etc. Notice that no-one wants to have their faces showing photos as it is just too dangerous.
5/05/2022 – Borzieni, Moldova
As you can imagine there has been a dreadful impact on everyone due to this war but in particular the Ukranian child refugees. Trauma councillors have been brought in to try to help them and try to make sense of what is happening. Pastor Ion from Borzieni had a bright idea and asked us to send him funds to buy a trampoline for the refugee children to play on. It has been a tremendous success and it at least lets the children be children for a short time and think about something else.
02/05/2022 – Cosnita, Moldova
We know Easter is over but we have received some great photos from our lovely project managers Ruvim and Pasha in Cosnita, Moldova. We were able to give them funds to buy special Easter food for the poorer Moldovans we support all year round and the Ukranian refugees that they are helping. People were thrilled and were so happy to receive the bags filled with lovely food. Thank you so much for all your generosity.
20/04/2022 Dancu, Moldova
One of the joys of working in Eastern Europe is that you get to celebrate two Easter’s! The Orthodox Church celebrate this Sunday.
Here are some photos of just part of the meal being prepared-the Easter Bread. These will also be given in the case of Dancu to the Elderly who are supported by the Inn of Love project that Link to Hope funds. More photos to follow over the next couple of days.
13/04/2022- Oradea, Romania
Nelu is one of our project managers in Oradea, Romania and someone we have know for many years. We received this e-mail from him. “
“The refugees are coming, hungry, tired, wet and cold. They need food and clothes when they manage to cross the border after many hours in lines.
Now we like to buy some food to send to the other side of the border. We received a request for food from a Romanian church in Cernautzi, Ukraine to distribute in the bombing area and to feed the refugees that stop on the other side of the border.
So with your support we sent funds in order to help Nelu buy and deliver food to this church in Ukraine who need food and clothing.
Nelu was able to buy 1800kg of food and drinks which was loaded onto 3 minibuses and Nelu and his team crossed over the border from Romania to Ukraine to deliver it. We were amazed at how much food they were able to take over and they were greeted so warmly when they got to their destination. Ukraine is beginning to run short of food in some places so this will be used to help people who desperately need it.
Today in Kramatorsk, the Russian army launched a missile attack on the city. School number 15 was completely destroyed. Fortunately, there was no one in the school, the children study remotely.
This is from our contact AG who is project manager for the Angel of Light. There is going to be so much rebuilding necessary when this war is over. Thank goodness the children were not there at the time.
01/04/2022 – Zaporozhye, Ukraine
The Angel of Light Centre that Door of Hope and Link to Hope support is now also being used for fleeing refugees from neighbouring towns. Our amazing super human friend and project leader A.G, is constantly moving back and forth from Zaporozhye delivering food and medicines to the Angel of Light and households within the village of Zhelannoe. Because of the incredible support, we have been able to finance A.G to purchase these items from a warehouse so he can continue to supply all this food and aid to the many refugees entering the Angel of Light and the town of Zhelannoe. A.G is a courageous and always giving man and we know that he will not stop what he is doing for his own safety. The Angel of Light is from one of the hard hit areas in the Donbas region, so we continue to pray for his safety and others.
31/03/2022 – Kharkiv, Ukraine
29/03/2022 – Iasi, Romania – Odessa, Ukraine
We have a wonderful contact in Iasi where Link to Hope has its main project called Future Changed. Pavels church wanted to send food to a church in Odesa in Ukraine who are helping to look after refugees. Alongside food and other items they specifically required funds in order to buy medicine that is needed so badly at the moment. From your donations we were able to buy the medicine that was needed along with other items.
Pavel says ” here we are loading the van with food: flour (300kg,) oil (150 litres), sugar, rice, canned beans, canned meat and 7 boxes with medicine (paracetamol for children (syrup) and for adults (pills), antibiotics (adults and children) and antivirals. We were also able to buy diapers, sweets, hygiene items (tooth paste and brushes, wet and dry napkins. Other vans are carrying mattresses and clothing. Thank you so much”
The van alongside other ones have now left for Odessa
26/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
Here is the top floor of the community centre that has just been finished in Borzieni, Moldova. Our project manager and team have speedily made it available for more refugees to come and stay. Everyone it volunteering their time and talents to help out. Now we are awaiting the beds and mattresses.
24/03/2022 – Odessa, Ukraine
Both Door of Hope and Link to Hope have the bedrock of the charities rooted in helping the poorest and most marginalised. One of those groups is the Roma Community who are almost always the poorest in society and are often misunderstood and disadvantaged. As you can imagine in this war the people who have the money and the cars have been the first to leave Ukraine and who can blame them. However there are millions left behind who have no ability at all to leave the country. They are either too old, too poor, to illiterate or just couldn’t work how or what to do. Max works amongst the Roma community outside Odessa in Ukraine and we have totally invested in him and his ministry. We were raising funds for the I AM Project to get as many people birth certificates as possible and we helped buy a house to be able to outreach into the community. Max is still in Odessa and taking food parcels and medicines to people that desperately need it.
Max says “Thank God we are doing well in Odessa so far. Sometimes there are air raids warning and shelling, but in general transport works, the city lives its own life. We distribute food packages to Roma people, unfortunately the range of products in stores is very poor. No cereals, flour, sugar. Recently we were in Berezovka and saw Nino, an undocumented woman who has many children. She told us that she had not eaten for 2 days. We gave her a food package that will help her live for at least a week.
We also deliver food to other Roma settlements. We recently managed to send a believing Roma family to Moldova. There was a husband, wife and 7 children. They are from Kharkov, their house was bombed, they lived in the subway for several days, then they came to Odessa, we settled them in the same church, where they spent the night and in the morning our volunteer took them to the border and advised them to take some of the children to their husband and without a wife to go through the border and leave some of the children to the wife so that she can cross the border on her own, because men are not allowed out of the country.
We continue to work, consult, distribute food packages, medicines and reassure people, hope for the mercy of God and are very grateful to you for your support in such a difficult time”
Max has a wife Julia and two small children. They are very brave and we can’t imagine what it must be like to be waiting for the bombs to start dropping on Odessa. We pray they don’t.
22/03/2022 – Zaporizhia, Ukraine
21/03/2022 – Stauceni, Moldova
18/03/2022 – Zhelanoye, Ukraine
In 2019 we visited the village of Zhelanoye, Ukraine where Door of Hope and Link to Hope jointly fund a project called the Angel of Light. It is in what was previously called the Red Zone and only three miles from where the 2014 war had stopped. Russian troops could be seen in the distance. Although the Ukraine war has moved to fall scale in the last three weeks, for the last 8 years there has been shelling and sniping for much of that time. The Angel of Light was set up to take care of the children traumatised by the last war and we met many whose lives had been damaged by their experiences. We took a decision to fund larger premises for this project which had previously been based in a single room. A multi-roomed house with two floors, outbuildings, loft and cellar was being sold for around the price of an average second hand car in the UK. We bought it and the house and the facilites has transformed the lives of many of those children with activities, lessons, play, community projects, crafting, sports and so much more.
Fast, forward three years and a country decimated. Our wonderful project manager (who will remain nameless as he is in danger) drove his family to the border of Poland over 4 days to make sure they were safe. He then drove all the way back to make sure that he could still support the families and children of the Angel of Light centre. When we visited the building we remember the very large loft and premises. What we didn’t notice was the very big basement and there is where many of those people are now living protected from the shelling and bombs above. Our PM is trying to buy food from rapidly depleting shelves and also repair a car that keeps breaking down. Funds have been sent to him to help buy foods and to buy parts to fix the car to enable him to carry on in his quest to help as many people as possible survive this war. He is so brave and he could easily have chosen to stay as far away as possible but he is also a medic so knows that people need him and he is willing to risk his life to help. We have been sent this photo of some of the children in the basement of the Angel of Light eating together. Also the shelves of a local supermarket.
*** LATEST NEWS – Just after 8.45 this morning, this happened and AG – our project manager was in the block next to it and suffered damage to his apartment ****
16/03/2022 – Dancu, Moldova
An update from Pastor Slavic in Dancu and a miracle:-
“Every day we are extremely busy here and it is hard to put in words how we feel emotional.
Yesterday, my day started at 2:30 am and went to bed after 12 mid night and then after 15 minutes got a call from the border near us asking if we can take two mothers and their children for at least one night because they were exhausted.
Yesterday we spent all day at the Moldova/Romanian border serving the Ukrainians who are feeling this horrific war. We had the opportunity to see and interact with hundreds of Ukrainian citizens as they crossed into Romania. There were numerous convoys of buses all during the day transporting people from the Ukrainian/ Moldova border to the border with Romania. Many people pulled up in cars too. All almost exclusively women and children. It was good to see that those people are safe now but at the same time it is a heartbreaking to see everyone looking so sad and hopeless because they have no idea where they go and they don’t know if they will be able to return back to the their country. I spoke with some of the Romanian drivers of this convoys and they said that they have been doing these for some days already and soon all places in Romania will be full with the refugees.
This morning another lady came here at our centre and when i invited her to have some breakfast she was brought in tears saying that she doesn’t want anything now. She just needs some quiet time to forget the terrible noice of bombs etc. We took her to my brother’s house where Pavel’s sister from Ukraine is staying to have some rest and then we will see her at lunch time.
Today we have 21 adults and 19 children here in Dancu and as i said my phone ringing all the time and receiving lots text messages in which people asking for accommodation.
Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and all the amazing support you are giving us. We have received the funds from you and we were deeply touched the other day to see how God works to encourage us. I called every company i knew asking about coal and all of them said they don’t have anything left and because of this situation in Ukraine they don’t know when they will be able to import more. I was so worried because here it is still cold and we had coal left here for only one day. However i went to Straseni, a small town not far from Chisinau and i got there just in perfect timing to buy the last coal. That was really amazing. Thank you so much for your help.
I have been greatly uplifted this morning and greatly encouraged by what this lady shared with me. She is here with her two daughters and 4 grandchildren. They were so touched when they arrived here at our centre. This morning she told me that her husband who is in Ukraine now never believed in God and didn’t allow her to attend a church. However when she arrived here she shared with her husband about us and how blessed they are that God directed them here. With tears in her eyes she said pastor, my husband never said praise the Lord but now he is saying this everytime we speak with him and he is motivating us to pray and thank God. She and her daughters read the Bible here and have found some Christians books in Russian and are so happy that they can ready this. We pray so much for them and for them and for their husbands. God’s work is amazing.
When they arrived here at the centre they said that this place looks so warm and nice like heaven. With many tears in their eyes shared with us that they have experienced a horrific situation when the war started and how they got to Moldova. She keeps asking me if it is ok for them to stay here as long as they need. They are really hoping that they will return back to the their country
My eyes are most of the time in tears specifically when i see kids suffering. We took these photos at the border when this car stopped at our tent. There was a family with 7 kids, very hungry and so desperate because they didn’t know where to go. We have good contacts in Romania like Pavel Smantana and we are working together to help everyone to find a safe place”
I’m not sure anything needs to be added to these words from Slavic, just know that your financial support and prayers and really making an immediate impact to peoples lives.
14/03/2022 – Oradea, Romania & Uzhhorod, Ukraine
We have a contact Pete who is presently working in Oradea helping refugees particularly children with disabilities. He is driving into Ukraine to the city of Uzhhorod with supplies and then coming out with refugees who want to escape to Romania. He is particularly involved with trying to rescue children with disabilities and getting them out of the Ukraine. However he is trying to group them together so that when they get to a new country they have a support group already formed. They are mostly going to Austria and Germany. People are contacting him to see if he can arrange accommodation for refugees in Oradea,
“The situation has gone crazy. It is becoming more and more difficult to find accommodation. The centre I wanted to use now has approx. 100 each day coming over the border, so all afternoon, I have been look at finding solutions. I received a call from my contact in Ukraine… “Pete, we have 80 arriving tonight from towns with bombing. These are mainly women and children, some with disabilities. I need to find a way to collect them tomorrow and find a place…
The latest is I found a place for 40 and another for 60. Both similar areas approx 2-3 hours away. From one town, we could then send people on the train to Vienna where my contacts can collect and find somewhere. Tonight, I heard about two places nearby for 100 and for 50. One is through a church to help families… Later in the day, I will go to Uzhhorod to be there with vehicles to pick up refugees, if we can find vehicles. The problem, as we take 50 or 80, the next lot are waiting…………..!
The amount of funds needed to spend on fuel, paperwork, food, accommodation is so large so as you can imagine, all donations have been so valuable. Thank you so much for all your support as we have been able to send funds in order to help Pete and his team continue their extremely important work.
12/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
We have felt so blessed and humbled by the funds that are coming in from supporters. On the appeal page it is such a lot of money. However we are realising that it is being spent as fast as it is being raised. We are starting to send funds to project managers two weeks after we sent the last donation to them. Pastor Ion sums it up
“Thank you very much for the care you have for the people we serve together. At the moment, in order to be able to cope with the work with the refugees, the costs we have are under 7-8-9 pounds a day, depending on the age of the person. We also have babies, two are twin brothers of only 3 months. May God have mercy on Ukraine and bless all those who serve the refugees. At the moment we need about £2000 pounds to be able to cope with the work for 10 days”
We have sent off the money that has been requested and we will be given feedback when it is spent. We have numerous project managers who we are supporting so you can see that every penny counts that you are generously giving to Link to Hope. Unfortunately this is going to be a long haul and even if it ended tomorrow it would be a slow process going back to normal if that can even be achieved.
11/03/2022 – Ruvim & Pasa, Consita, Moldova
As many of you will know we built a canteen in Cosnita in Northern Moldova/ Transnistria. It feeds 50-100 people 365 days of the year and now is feeding and housing refugees who are coming over the border that is just a few miles away. They are looking after many refugees and the project managers Ruvim & Pasa now have three families living with them. They asked for financial support to buy food, medicines, babies diapers and clothing for the refugees and thanks to your support we have been able to respond immediately.
10/03/2022 – Dancu, Moldova
The latest e-mail from Slavic about the refugee situation and their needs:-
Yes we are all tired but thank God we are all doing ok and I am so grateful that we are here to help, support and encourage so many refugees who desperately need our help. We are so overwhelmed dear Lisa for your prayer and and all the amazing support you are giving us so that we can help our neighbours from Ukraine. Those who come here at the centre feel so touched by our hospitality but at the same time they feel under pressure because they know that people in Moldova are poor and how can they give so much. When we tell them that many people from the UK praying for them and helping us to help them, they are so moved to tears. THANK YOU for all for your generous gifts.
The food price is going up every day and I have heard that soon we will have a shortage of food so we would like to buy a good reserve for at least one month. Also diesel price went up with 11% in the last 3 days. People are so worried here and some Moldovans left country already. Who knows how and where this situation goes but we must remain focused on our Heavenly Father because He is Faithful.
It is very hard time for us but we are deeply encouraged by your support. Thank you so much dear Lisa and all the amazing people who are are helping us through Link to Hope.
The washing machine and the dryer are working not stop and are doing a great job.
God bless you – Slavic
We are concerned to hear about the food situation and the price of diesel going up so rapidly. We have send funds for them to buy food in advance so there is no fear that they will run out.
09/03/2022 – Dancu, Moldova
08/03/2022 – Stauceni, Moldova
This is the latest update from Mihai in Stauceni.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your financial help, moral support, and prayers. With tears in my eyes I come to tell you that your help is very important in these days full of pain, tears and despair both for the Ukrainian people and for us in Moldova. Thanks to your support, we can now help refugees in Ukraine who are becoming increasingly vulnerable. if at first some came with their wives, now there are more mothers, children and the elderly who need a lot of care. In the building of the center in Stauceni, at this moment, more than 160 refugees passed, who received a place to sleep, hot food, a hot shower, transport from customs with Ukraine and to customs with Romania and comforts. . I was able to provide these things with your help. Today is March 8, International Women’s Day. , we decided to make a program dedicated to refugee women and children in Ukraine through which we wanted to show the Love of God. Thank you very much and may the Lord bless you”
07/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
More refugees have just arrived in Bozieni, Moldova. The original number they were asked to host was 15 but a further 30 refugees have now arrived. The community centre run by Pastor Ion has now run out of mattresses/beds for people. So we have just sent £1,600 of YOUR funds to buy more of them along with all the bedding that is needed. We have been overwhelmed by peoples generosity in giving funds so we can help the people on the ground. Thank you so, so much. Moldova is being overwhelmed by people so YOUR money is vitally important and directly contributing to ensuring the safety and support of refugees.
4/3/2022 – Stauceni, Moldova
Here are some photos received today from Stauceni where Mihail and his church are looking after a number of refugees and where we have sent funds to support their work.
3/3/2022 – Kharkiv, Ukraine
We support Nicolai who works amongst the Roma community in Kharkiv, Ukraine. As we now know this has been badly bombed by Russia. We couldn’t get hold of Nicolai for a few days and were naturally very worried. We have now managed to contact him and he is making his way across Ukraine to the Polish border with his church! 22 of the members have gone with him to try to reach safety. They desperately need petrol, medicines, food, basic essentials. We have sent over £1,000 to try to help them buy the items they need. They don’t want to cross the border into another country until the rest of the church join them so it is a waiting game for the moment.
3/3/2022 – Dancu, Moldova
We have worked in Dancu for many years and we have built them a community centre. This also now has refugees staying in it. Of course while seeing the bigger picture of the war, it always comes down to day to day details that matter ie you can house refugees but bedding needs to be changed and clothes washed. Some refugees stay for one night and others stay for longer but you want them to sleep in clean beds and have clean clothes. We have therefore sent £1,200 to buy an industrial washing machine and dryer.
The church and others are driving to the Ukranian border and then driving people back across Moldova to either stay in Dancu or go straight to the Romania border. When they go to the border they need a tent to make sure if it rains or snows that the donations don’t spoil. So we are sent over £150 in order for a marquee to be bought.
2/3/2022 – Cosnita, Moldova
Ruvim & Pasa run the canteen we have built in Cosnita. It is right next to Transnitria that is a disputed area. Every time we have visited the project over the years we have had to cross over a bridge manned by Russian troops. They use their van to go and buy food for the canteen and they also have refugees flooding into their village who they are helping. The van has broken down so we have sent funds out to repair the van so that they are able to continue to help the poor people in the village as well as new people arriving. Also in the back of our minds is that they may need the van if there is an invasion and they need to get away quickly.
2/3/2022 Stauceni, Moldova
Mihai our project manager from the village of Stauceni, Moldova wrote to us to say:-
I want to say a big thank you for all the love with which you have served the people of my country so far.
For me personally, you and the entire Link To Hope team have been, are and will be a great blessing and encouragement.
I want you to know that you are doing a work that leaves a mark on history and produces a change in the future.m
until now I partially understood the heart with which you were with us but since the war started in Ukraine and our country has been flooded by a very large number of refugees who are housed in our homes and churches and we must take care not to they lack the necessities, I began to look differently at the service of the people of another country.
Our church has already hosted 41 people of different ages who came with virtually nothing because they had to flee a war that came upon them unexpectedly.
Our church mobilized and reacted very quickly but we feel that our reserves are running out but the refugees keep coming, some are for a night or two and go on through Romania to Europe, others stay with us indefinitely,
We need funds for bed linen, pillows, duvets, kitchen utensils, food, toiletries for children and special food for them up to soap toothpaste and much more.
therefore please stay with us in these difficult days for the People of Ukraine. Pray for them to stay strong until this terrible war is over, and for us to pray that we can continue to help them. May the Lord bless you and reward you as He knows best.
We have responded by sending £1,000 over to Mihai to use on the goods that he needs to buy. He has responded today with this e-mail
I am very encouraged by the way God works.
I thank the whole people of Great Britain for their support and help in these difficult times!
You are the ones who contribute to wiping away every tear of Ukrainian children, women and the elderly who have been left behind in their home, their country, but their dearest father, husband or son and whom I do not know if they will see again because they are still fighting for freedom.
Yesterday evening, a 9-year-old boy named Nicolai came to our Bible study with his mother, his father stayed in Ukraine to defend the country.
When I asked Nicolai what she wanted most, through tears and despair he replied that his greatest wish was for his father to
stay alive and come after him and take him home.
I couldn’t control my tears when Nicolae and his mother talk about how their house and town were bombed. and now I don’t know where to go because Nicolai’s father doesn’t answer the phone anymore and they don’t know what to think. and so children only come to our church or call 25 at the moment but many come to our country every day.
remember to pray for the people of Ukraine and for us so that we can serve them.
28/2/2022 – Borziesi, Moldova
The request has come for us to help refugees that are coming over the border from Ukraine. As many of you will know we have built a community centre in Borziesi for the local poor community. This is now being used to house and feed refugees. We also built a canteen in the village of Pervoimascoe and that is being used to feed the refugees. Here are some photos of the mattresses and bedding that your funds h/ave bought.