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The transformative power of collaboration in God’s kingdom

When the full-scale war erupted in February 2022, Pastor Volodymyr Brychka of Karpylivka, a village in western Ukraine, emerged as a beacon of hope. Driven by an unwavering passion, he took the lead in rescuing those trapped in conflict zones, providing sustenance to families facing shortages, and guiding disoriented and displaced mothers and children to safety.

Recalling the initial weeks of the war, Volodymyr shared his vivid memories, saying, "I will never forget the overwhelming need for evacuation as thousands upon thousands of people sought refuge. There was a time when we were evacuating small children from an orphanage in the east. 

The route was perilous, constantly subjected to shelling. With limited space in the bus, every seated person cradled a terrified child or infant on their lap, offering solace and reassurance. It was a metaphor for our entire country, a glimpse of our collective future that we ardently strive to salvage from the depths of hellfire."

"In times like these," Volodymyr continued, "the faith of every Christian must be accompanied by righteous action. We bear witness to an immense demand for such deeds—a profound yearning for God's light to illuminate the lives of families losing loved ones, those displaced without shelter, the wounded and disabled, and individuals grappling with the traumatic aftermath of war. The list of those in need stretches long. This presents a tremendous challenge, but it also offers a remarkable opportunity for all those willing to lend a helping hand."

Reflecting on the partnership between Mission Without Borders and the church in Karpylivka, Mykola Bohdanets, Mission Without Borders Ukraine director, expressed gratitude for the fruitful collaboration. "Our mission has always been to bring people to Christ," he stated, "and now, amidst the ravages of war, we strive to provide effective assistance where it is most desperately needed."

In the face of immense adversity, the unwavering commitment of Pastor Volodymyr and the collaboration between Mission Without Borders and the church of Karpylivka illuminates the resilience of the human spirit and the dire necessity for God's light to shine upon a nation ravaged by conflict.