The Youth For Christ Are Making Him Proud Raising Cash To Help Their Ukrainian Volunteers

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 25 April 2022 20:30
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The parachurch ministry association Youth For Christ has raised about $170,000 to help support staff and volunteers who were forced to flee their homes upon the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

YFC volunteers, staff, and others have donated, as of April 4, a little over $169,500 to help 75 people associated with Youth For Christ Ukraine who were forced to leave their homes.

Joe Beckler, director of communications and change management at YFC, informed The Christian Post on Monday that the funds will “be sent to YFC International’s European regional office for distribution, oversight, and stewardship.”

The “initial goal,” according to Beckler, was to raise $135,000, which would sustain 75 people over three months, with the “understanding that $20 per day provides food and shelter for one YFC Ukraine staff or volunteer who is displaced in Slovakia.”

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“We made an appeal to all staff, volunteers and giving partners across the United States. Their generosity was remarkable. As of April 4, we’ve raised $169,615.50, and the gifts continue to come in,” expressed Beckler.

In an addendum to financially helping the displaced personnel, Beckler told CP that they hope to use some of the funds to later rebuild their ministry efforts in the Eastern European nation.

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Beckler spoke highly of Youth For Christ Ukraine, clarifying that the ministry group “has a faithful history of providing services to children and youth.”

“Their ministry includes several teen centers in the capital city, where youth come for safety, meals, fellowship, and support through trauma,” he said additionally.

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“A few days into the invasion of Ukraine, we began to receive reports regarding our YFC Ukraine team. We were concerned and eager to provide any support possible. We consider all YFC teams, across the globe, as family and were eager to lean in and help.”

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Beckler wished that “others would join us in praying for peace and protection in Eastern Europe. While the world is caught up in crisis, we are confident that our hope remains solely in Jesus Christ.”

Since Russian powers invaded Ukraine in late February, many churches and ministries in the United States have strived to help those directly affected by the conflict.

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Gateway Church, a multisite megachurch based in Texas, recently helped emigrate around 400 Ukrainian refugees through cooperation with ministry partners in the country.

“God loves and has not forgotten about the people of Ukraine,” said Lawrence Swicegood, spokesperson for Gateway, in an earlier interview with CP. “We believe as Christians that we should be proactive in helping people in their time of need.”

“War has devastated so many, but it has not crushed the spirit and hope of Ukrainian people.”

A large number of refugees have reached Poland. The Lutheran World Federation provides accommodations across the country and transports loads of humanitarian assistance into Ukraine by minibus. On the return journey, buses pick up Ukrainian families fleeing the war. They spread goods both inside Ukraine and at locations housing refugees.

The youth group held its fast on March 19 and was immersed in three active learning workshops. The young people went on a shopping spree to benefit the Fish & Loaves food pantry in Southgate and returned donated cans & bottles to benefit Ukrainian relief efforts. They also volunteered at Trinity St. Marks United Church of Christ, where they put together lunch bags for the Detroit Police Department to hand out to Detroit’s homeless and prepared food boxes for those in need.

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