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Every week, my Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), updates me on the Ukraine crisis and shares with me what he is doing to help.  He is from Ukraine and has been in Canada for 20 years.  The men in his family remain in Ukraine to defend their country while all his female relatives and children are spread over Europe.  As a Ukrainian Canadian, I feel rattled and angry about what is happening, but my resolve deepens from every conversation, which helps me process what I can do.  What my therapist is doing:

1.  Keeps updated without getting overwhelmed – he is managing the content he is reading from credible news sources. 

2.  Gives money to reliable organizations and his family – he is making sacrifices at home to benefit others that are suffering.

3.  Is willing to go – his brother has recently left for Poland to help with refugees and he will follow to help when doors open for him. 

Here is what we can do:

1. Pray – Bring the Ukrainian and Russian peoples before God in prayer regularly.  Consider praying in groups, before meals, and online. 

2. Give – Support our partnering organization World Vision as they stand with vulnerable children and families inside and outside Ukraine.  

3.  Welcome – Refugees into our cities and communities.  

In our next Global News, we will summarize updates from World Vision and other partnering friends that are doing significant work in Ukraine and surrounding countries.  

Recall these words of Jesus - I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Photo by Olga Subach