MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The Russian attack on Ukraine is hitting household for New Heights Church in Milton.
“These are men and women that we have expended a long time with. We have went to Ukraine and expended time with them. They’ve arrive to West Virginia and expended time with us,” mentioned Pastor Will Basham.
For nearly a 10 years, New Heights Church has labored closely with two church buildings in Ukraine. They’ve supported them financially, traveled to the place every single pair years for mission outings, operate summer season camps and taught small children English.
“They’ve been in my property, they’ve been all around my dinner desk, I’ve slept on their couches and so these are quite considerably brothers and sisters to me,” Basham reported.
Now, they’re seeing individuals they take into account family members be ravaged by war.
“It’s surreal to see footage of the news and on-line of troops moving in to areas exactly where we ended up just a few months back,” Basham mentioned. “It’s hard for them to just go to bed at night time understanding in the middle of the night bombs and missiles could be coming in to the place they live.”
The two church buildings New Heights are partnered with are located in the western part of Ukraine in Lviv and Ternopil.
The church in Lviv does not have a setting up where they fulfill.
“That church is extra scattered, so they never have a position to get jointly so they are conference on Zoom, and a good deal of them have still left and fled for Poland or the Czech Republic,” Basham mentioned. “It’s on the boarder of Poland, but it’s also a area which is also observed some Russian invasion, far too.”
The church in Ternopil is not in an place under attack, but they are housing hundreds of refugees and planning for any attacks.
“They experienced their Sunday solutions on the ground,” Basham mentioned. “They’re continuing the operate of the church. It is really incredible to see that. It really is a labor of adore as the persons of that town appear jointly to aid men and women that are coming in and just needing help, and so we’ve been in a position to present monetarily and we’re hoping to even do extra.”
To support the church buildings guidance the refugees, New Heights is preparing a telethon to elevate income.
“It’s heartbreaking, and it just brings a whole lot of nervousness when you know these folks. We’re attempting to arrive up with as lots of items as we can to enable them out as swiftly as doable,” reported Amber Bevans, a member of the church who has gone to Ukraine four occasions. “It’s like our fingers are tied appropriate now in a way which is variety of annoying so you’re just type of observing the information and praying.”
The telethon will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 16 at New Heights Church in Milton. Regional musicians will be carrying out.
For far more information on the event, and to donate to a crisis aid fund for refugees, simply click right here.
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