This past week, myself and a small team have been serving across Western and Southern Ukraine (city/area names withheld for security reasons). Everyday we drove from Satu Mare in Romania across the border, into Ukraine and then on to different locations. We brought food, hygiene products, vitamins, generators, sleeping bags and emergency blankets. We carried out medical checks and spent a little time talking and praying with people. We would then drive back to Satu Mare, go shopping and prepare for the next day by getting customs documents ready. On average it was a 12 to 13 hour day without any coffee or lunch breaks. I don’t mind saying that I am exhausted! Occasional air raid sirens, constant checks by police and military and the difficult road conditions made it stressful. We did have a small car accident, please see Rock of Hope link at the end if you would like to give and support them to help repair damage.
Above you will find some photos to give you an idea of what we did and saw. Feel free to share them in your church. Big thanks to the Free Methodist Church for their generous support. As the only Free Methodist representative going into Ukraine with aid, I am thankful for you all and for your generosity. If you would like to support this ministry then please give here (marking it ‘Ukraine’): https://give.fmcusa.org/page.aspx?pid=1278
To support us, the McNamara family, please give here (we need support to keep doing this ministry): https://give.fmcusa.org/donation/mcnamara_missionary_support
To support Rock of Hope, our partners in ministry to Ukraine please give here: https://www.rockofhopeministries.org/about
It was also emotional this week. Meeting women who have lost their sons in the war. One poor lady had lost two sons who were serving as soldiers. Seeing refugees in need, experiencing no electricity as we delivered food to refugee centres. Hearing stories of pain. Really tough at times. Praying God will bring peace and healing.