We are enormously thankful for the countless amounts of goods that have been donated in recent months to support the people of Ukraine.
A number of vans have taken urgent supplies of clothing, sleeping bags and other essential items to Swindon, before lorries have taken on the supplies to Eastern Europe.
The nature of the appeal is now changing however. As of now, Greenview is ceasing to be a Barnabas collection hub, so please do not bring any further goods to the church. Bothwell Church continues to be a collection point for the time being, however, Barnabas are indicating that the appeal is now predominantly focusing on food. This means that gifts of money can be a quick and effective way of supporting those in immediate need. Follow this link to the Barnabas website where further details are provided.
We still have an immediate need to clear our office space full of collected items. Barnabas are requesting that we bring the contents of the room to a warehouse in Hillington this Tuesday, and have the items all wrapped in black bin bags before then. If you can assist in either bagging items (on Sunday or Monday), or with lifting goods across by car, during the day on Tuesday (26th April), can you please let Colin Adams know. The goods will then be taken down to England by lorry this Wednesday.
Pray with us that God’s purposes may be fulfilled and that God’s people may be encouraged and helped, strengthened by God’s promises to them and for them. Pray that all people may receive love, care and help that will meet their material, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right path paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff- they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.Psalm 23:1-6
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.Psalm 18:6
As Christians, how can we pray over this crisis?
1. Pray for an end to the conflict.
2. Pray for peace in Jesus Christ.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.John 14:27
3. Pray for decision makers—presidents, leaders, and authorities. Pray for wisdom and discernment, and that they would make decisions that are good for the people they represent.
First of all, then I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority…1 Timothy 2:1-2
4. Pray for the people of Ukraine. Whether they are sheltering from bombs or escaping to neighbouring countries, they are suffering tremendously. Everything is uncertain, their lives are at risk, and they need our prayers.
5. Pray for the church. Pray that the believers will be strengthened and united in their faith, and that they would proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
6. Pray for churches and organisations that respond in Jesus’ Name. Pray that God will lead and guide our disaster response specialists, and that every individual that we help will experience God’s love through the hands of those who serve them.