Ukraine Relief Mission Trip Update
from Pastor Bill and Dan Yen
Day 13 - Tuesday March 22, 2022
This was my last day in Poland for this visit. It is bittersweet because the work was so valuable in helping the Ukraine refugee effort, but I also look forward to getting home to family. I also am escorting another refugee, Ira, to the US to be reunited with her family in Charlotte. Ira’s first-hand story of the invasion and start of the war is amazing. Her story was captured by international film crews as well.
One of the biggest things that could have happened during our trip occurred this last day. Pastor Denys and I had a meeting with International Mission Board missionaries to Poland who are from NC! The church in Krakow that they serve (5th Baptist Church) has a vision to open a refugee center in Krakow. They shared they are ready to sign a lease agreement this week on the building. It would not only serve as a refugee center for Ukrainians, but it would also serve as the church’s place of worship! This church already partners with Send Relief, the disaster relief arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The leaders shared with us that their biggest need was to partner with Ukrainian speaking believers to help operate the center. We were all very excited about this meeting and the possibilities. We had a great prayer time, and I look forward to what God may workout in this partnership as this could be a great way for other volunteer mission teams to serve going forward.
We met last night for a great family meal and fellowship with the refugee family that has been hosting us. What a blessing to see their joy and love for the Lord in the midst of this tragedy. Their eyes are looking forward with the strength of Christ.
Thanks for your continued prayers.
Ira’s family inside Ukraine shares story at the border with film crews.
Ira (Irpin Bible Church member) who escaped terrible fighting in Irpin. Shares her story at the border with film crews.
Site of Ira’s evacuation from Poland into Slovakia, and then to Poland. We then picked her up to escort her back to Charlotte to reunite with family.
Meeting with IMB missionary church planters in Krakow Poland. They are interested in partnering on a refugee with Ukrainian leaders.
Fellowship meal and prayer with host refugee family