Latest update: March 28
“So many refugees reached our region. The capital city of Transcarpathia, Uzhgorod, accommodated more than 30,000 refugees and cannot receive more. The city is filled. The governing of Transcarpathia asked for help from the neighboring villages. Nearly the same situation in Beregovo as well.
“Our reformed congregation also has refugees from different parts of central Ukraine, mainly from Kiev and Harkov. Our pastors, elders and volunteers try to accommodate them in different ways. Mainly mothers with little kids, even with little babies.”
The Reformed Church in Transcarpathia took on the responsibility to take care of mothers with their kids coming from central Ukraine, giving them accommodation and health care.
The Home Care project of the Reformed Church, which operates in six working points, takes care of more than 200 elderly people unable to leave due to illness and isolation.
The church also takes care of children with special needs and their families by helping them with food packs and sanitary parcels.
The bakery of the diaconal centre bakes more than 400 breads each day and cooks hot meals every day for those who are in need.
“Thanks to foreign partners, congregations and different natural support we can give them help to maintain social kitchens and prepare hot meals for refugees. We also have to buy washing machines, refrigerators, boilers, etc. These are necessary tools for refugee shelters.”
The Reformed Church’s Bishop’s Office and the Diaconal Coordination Office also receives humanitarian supports from various organizations and private donors. These supports go to places where refugees are accommodated.
With the help of the Hungarian consulate, thousands of mothers and kids were evacuated from the war zone and transported to Hungary where they received safe accommodation. Hungary has received 641,775 refugees since the beginning of the war.
“[On Sunday, March 13] we organized a church service for Ukrainian refugees. We had nice worship, sang Ukrainian songs, and prayed together…at the end of the worship they said that it was the first day after their long journey that they could smile and take a real rest. Bless the Lord.”
Congregations belonging to the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia try to invite Ukrainian speaking refugees to visit church services and to take part in children’s programs twice a week. These occasions are blessed because, after some hours, mothers could talk to our staff, could tell their stories and could feel themselves safe.
—Kristina, Transcarpathian Reformed Church