“ We pray for peace. … We pray for a just peace. We pray that the lives of innocents and the lives of any human child of God will be spared. We pray that our leaders will find a diplomatic way, a nonviolent way. “ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Faith Vigil for Peace in Ukraine
Image: Stephan Medytskvi (?), Virain Mary Mother of Mercv, icon, oil on canvas, 1670-1680, from church in Stara Sil, Andrey Sheptytskvi, National Museum, Lviv, Ukraine (NML i-2709)
Deacon Kathleen Smith-Jones shared with me about https://www.mercycorps.org/. She has donated to them for years and has a young friend who served abroad with them. She trusts them.
The latest from Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps’ response is focused on supporting local partners who know their communities’ needs best. We are currently planning distribution of emergency cash assistance and connecting Ukrainians with essential information services.
In Ukraine and Romania, Mercy Corps partners are getting urgently needed supplies to regions most affected by the conflict. Supplies include flour, oil, rice, sugar, buckwheat, tea, baby food, medicine, and medical supplies.
Additionally, here is information from the Episcopal Church: Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s “INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE” fund will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), your donation will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. To donate, use this link (the fund is the second option on the list) or call 1.855.312.4325.
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