This is the latest news regarding the Gift of Life program in Ukraine.
Nick and Kerry Laper returned to the U.S. last weekend directly from Egypt without being able to return first to their home in Ternopil, Ukraine. As you can imagine, they have been busy non-stop with phone calls to the Gift of Life staff in Ukraine as they assess danger levels, continued working conditions and planning for humanitarian relief.
The Board for Christian Service started a Ukraine Crisis Fund to receive offerings for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. This aid will be distributed through the efforts of some ELS members who have contact with third-parties in Poland. They, together with the contacts in Poland are working hand-in-hand with the Gift of Life personnel to see that aid gets to those who truly need our help and are suffering much because of this war.
The Ukrainian government has notified able-bodied men that they may be called up to military service. This could affect a number of the Gift of Life workers. At the same time, the Gift of Life personnel are evaluating how they might resume some of their activities when and where it is safe to do so.
We know that God always holds his people in his hands to watch over them and bless them. We thank all of you for your prayers and support. We continue to pray that the Lord will bring these tragic events to a close and the process of healing and restoration can begin.
Rev. Thomas A. Heyn
Administrator, ELS Board for World Outreach