Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

Samaritan’s Purse is working to save lives and relieve suffering
as this massive humanitarian crisis unfolds.

Samaritan’s Purse is working to save lives and relieve suffering as this massive humanitarian crisis unfolds.

Ukrainian refugee story

"We will be home soon..."

Below is one Ukrainian woman’s story, focused on how our church partners in Lviv are helping in the midst of this crisis, as reported by Samaritan’s Purse staff on the ground:

Yelena’s limp, heavy body pushed through the church door. She could hardly believe she had made it to a safe place after the arduous journey from her now war-torn town to Lviv. She wore her fatigue on her swollen eyelids. She bore her angst like a knot of calcified nightmare in the pit of her stomach. She dragged her leaden feet up step by step to the second floor.

Trailing Yelena were her three children. They were clearly tired, but their eyes still had a small light of youthful hope. “I just keep telling them that we will be home soon,” Yelena said. “I know it’s a lie, but how can I tell them the truth? How do I tell them that their father, their brother, and their uncles are still under the threat of death? How do I tell them that people they have never met have decided to hate them?”

When they reached the top of the stairs, the little family was greeted with warm smiles and the promise of warm food. They were settled into a room where they could finally sleep. “These mothers, they arrive here with no more reserves of energy,” said Viktor, a leader of a local church with whom Samaritan’s Purse partners in Lviv. “We are just trying to get them through one more day and then another and another. Our lives can only be one day at a time now.”

Since fighting erupted in western Ukraine, the church has seen the number of displaced people coming into their city steadily grow. Now, up to 65,000 people are passing through the train station each day. They are shell-shocked after packing what they could into small bags and fleeing for their lives with one last look at the loved ones who stayed behind to defend their homes.

“We saw these people, our neighbors even though they come from different towns, and we thought of them as people beaten and abandoned just like in the story of the Good Samaritan,” Viktor said. “We had to open our doors to them. We had to help them. There was never a question about what the Lord would want us to do.”

The church is serving 150 people each day for stays of up to a week to give them time to rest and find another place to go. In addition to providing a warm shelter from the bitterly cold temperatures and three square meals, church members also comfort the mothers, play with the children, and share God’s love through His Word and prayer. “This is a terrible thing that has come upon Ukraine,” said Viktor, “but we praise Him that we are able to help and that we can tell the suffering about the promise of Heaven through faith in Jesus Christ.”

As Yelena settled her children into their temporary new home, she whispered a prayer for them all. “They will sleep now,” she said. “And when they finally fall asleep, I will cry myself to sleep too. But now I am here at this church where I know God is with me, so I will wake up tomorrow and know that I can make it through another day.”

Russian military forces launched attacks across Ukraine in the early morning hours of February 24th, 2022. Ukrainian military forces resisted the attacks resulting in heavy conflict in many different parts of the country. Many Ukrainians and other foreign nationals have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova, and many are traveling on to other countries. More than 1 million people left Ukraine in the first seven days of the conflict. The numbers of people crossing the borders and the level of need are only increasing as the crisis continues to develop.

As soon as the conflict broke out, members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) flew out the next day to assess the situation. Currently, over 140 Samaritan’s Purse staff members are responding in Jesus’ Name in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Moldova, providing food, drinking water, hygiene kits, and winter clothing.

Samaritan’s Purse has also deployed a tier 3 Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) to Ukraine. Our 58-bed hospital on the outskirts of Lviv includes an emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, and two operating rooms—providing Samaritan’s Purse medical staff with the capacity to perform up to dozens of surgeries per day.

In addition, Samaritan’s Purse is operating a 24-hour medical stabilization point, or clinic, outside a train station in Lviv. Many desperate people fleeing the fighting need medical attention of all kinds.

We are also operating a mobile medical unit in Moldova at a large stadium that has been hosting up to 1,000 Ukrainian refugees at a time. We can see approximately 50 patients per day.

Maxim Kozitsky, governor of Lviv, also spoke and described the terrible situation in his country as like a movie he hopes will be over soon. “We thank Samaritan’s Purse for coming here to help us,” he said.

How can we provide help to these people?

Partner with us to support Ukrainian refugees.
Your gift can be the answer to prayer for someone in need.

50,000 KRW

Emergency Food Supply

Provide a monthly supply of food for one family (rice, beans, corn, salt, oil, etc).

100,000 KRW

Medical Support

Provide the means for one patient to be treated in the Emergency Field Hospital (EFH)

150,000 KRW

Family Assistance Program

Provide temporary shelter, clothing and food for one refugee family.


Please take a moment to join us
in prayer for the people of Ukraine and for the staff on site.

  • Please pray for an end to the crisis and for peace in Ukraine as the conflict continues to spread, and for the Gospel to be shared.
  • Please pray for the Ukrainian refugees who have lost their homes and have fled to various regions in Eastern Europe. Please pray for the protection of their health and safety.
  • Please pray that those who are hurt by the war may receive the necessary medical care that they need. Also, please pray that other needs such as food supplies, water, warm clothing etc may be distributed in a speedy manner.
  • Please pray for the DART team as they share God’s love with people who are hurting and need the eternal hope of Christ.
  • Currently, Samaritan’s Purse is in the midst of working with 3,000 churches to distribute 600,000 gift boxes to children. Please pray for the children receiving the gift boxes, our partner churches and for our staff on the field.

Please pray for an end to the crisis in Ukraine even as the conflict continues to spread, and remember our brothers and sisters in Christ across the region. Pray for peace.

Your prayers and generous donations will allow Ukrainian refugees to receive the necessary care and support that they need as they are separated and forced to flee from their homes. Thank you for partnering with us for the Gospel.



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