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Adapted from 'Echoes' - GRN Switerland newsletter
The Ukraine has been at war with Russia for several years now and living conditions are deteriorating in the country. Humanitarian aid has been forbidden along with restrictions being placed upon all Evangelical Churches in one particular region. Many people with disabilities and children are abandoned and without help. In partnership with the Mission to Hope, our GRN team in Belgium has been working with local churches over several years to bring material and spiritual aid to people living in these very difficult conditions in this region.
They were able to provide DVDs to a sizeable deaf community of "The Living Christ" in Eastern European sign language, which is understood in all ex-Soviet Union countries. They continue to develop Christian resources in sign language. They were also able to provide GRN recordings on mp3 players to various churches which will give people greater opportunity to hear the Good News and grow in understanding and faith.
Our team were touched by the vision of their Ukrainian brothers and sisters who, in spite of their own difficulties, fervently desire to help the poorest people who are often neglected by society: abandoned children, the deaf, the blind and those with poor eyesight and other disabilities. They seemed to hear the Lord's voice, so close to them: "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)