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Russian churches help Ukrainian pastor

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Ukraine (MNN) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to make headlines. A heavy Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine slowed and Ukraine began to regain ground. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukrainian forces are to advance to the occupied city of Kherson.

But the fights aren’t the whole story.

Russian churches have sent help to a Ukrainian pastor in the Kherson region. The region in which he lives is currently under Russian occupation.

Eric Mock with the Association of the Slavic Gospel says, “By working with the churches we know, we are able to get funds and help for him across Russia. We call it the flip side of the battle. Thus, he can continue to meet the needs of his people. I can’t give you his name for security reasons.

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Living in occupied territory, this pastor breaks through additional barriers while serving his people. Mock says, “He tells us he literally took hours going through the many checkpoints just to get a few bags of groceries and bring them back to his people.”

“In fact, a checkpoint told him that if he didn’t come back within two hours, they would kill him and everyone else. He lives under this kind of threat.

As the pastor walks out, people see the love of Jesus. Mock says churches across Ukraine that were empty have filled with new believers.

You can support these churches through SGA. Mock says: “We also help a lot of refugees and not only in Poland. Refugees flock to Russia and Belarus.

The header photo shows an SGA-supported church in Ukraine damaged during the Russian invasion. (Photo courtesy of SGA on Facebook)