In late May, a team from United Methodist News, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries visited church refugee ministries in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and western Ukraine to share stories of the United Methodist presence in the wake of such tragedy and ongoing need.
UM News would like to thank a group of translators without whom reports from this trip would not be possible.
Czech Republic: Jana Fojtíková, Eduard Holtman, the Rev. Jana Křížova
Hungary: The Rev. László Khaled
Romania: Alexandra Aishpur, Olena Koval
Ukraine: Istvan Pasztor, the Rev. Yulia Starodubets
Read stories and see images from their trip.
Church helps Ukrainian refugees start business
The United Methodist Church in Romania runs a hotel that hosts a variety of ministries. They helped two Ukrainian women begin a sewing business on site.
Ministry offers therapy to Ukrainian refugees
A Ukrainian therapist who fled Kyiv when the war began had an idea to create therapy groups for women refugees after seeing that none existed, and The United Methodist Church in Romania helped make that a reality.
Romanian hotel houses one-stop shop for ministry
A hotel and ministry center run by The United Methodist Church in Romania hosts numerous programs to help Ukrainian refugees, as well as the rest of the community.
Hungarian camp houses Ukrainian Roma refugees
At the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, about 800,000 refugees crossed through Hungary. The United Methodist Church in Hungary has helped to house hundreds of them, including at a summer camp.
Czech United Methodists help house Ukrainian refugees
The Poušť United Methodist church camp would normally have hosted children at camp this summer, but instead, it is serving as a home away from home for Ukrainian mothers and their children.
Russian-speaking congregation supports Ukrainian refugees
While Russians and Ukrainians engage in war in various parts of Ukraine, a Russian-speaking United Methodist congregation in Prague is finding ways to support Ukrainian refugees.
Ukrainian United Methodists care for fellow countrymen
United Methodists in western Ukraine are opening their churches and homes to house evacuees from the war with Russia.
Commentary: A country at war
The newly assigned bishop of the Ukraine and Moldova Provisional Annual Conference traveled to the war-torn country to visit with local church leaders.
Photo essay: United Methodists stand with Ukraine
United Methodists in Eastern Europe have been welcoming Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of their country. UM News staff photographer Mike DuBose shares images from his trip to Eastern Europe covering the church's humanitarian ministry.
Methodists help Ukrainian refugees in Tijuana
The Methodist Church of Mexico A.R., together with other churches, civil organizations and the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is providing food and other aid to refugee applicants from Ukraine.
Blessed be their Ukrainian ties
Since the Russian invasion began, United Methodists with close connections to Ukraine have been sweating out friends and family members, while also finding creative ways to help.
To support Ukrainian refugee relief, please give to UMCOR’s International Disaster Response and Recovery fund, Advance #982450.
Ukrainian children displaced by the war with Russia play in a former office turned playroom at the former newspaper and book publishing plant where they are living in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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