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Ukraine Update: A letter from Pastor Yuriy Popel

My dear brothers and sisters of Lutheran Church–Canada,

Peace be with you all in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and for donating so generously to our Church. Your support has been a great blessing to my ministry. Unfortunately, I had to sell my car due to the economic challenges we are facing here. This car was primarily used for my ministry, allowing me to visit my parishioners, and to minister at our local boarding school and nursing homes. It became increasingly difficult to address the growing needs of my community during this war. There are so many people here in need of food, clothing, hygiene and medical supplies. Our SELCU leaders recognized the great needs of my ministry and appealed to LCC to use funds from the Ukraine Aid Fund to purchase a vehicle.

Thanks to the Lord and all of you we have purchased a van, which we are now using to deliver humanitarian aid to my community and the surrounding area. This great blessing allows me to visit my members and to offer pastoral care to various people in my community. We are so very happy that the Lord has opened your hearts to support such a need. May God continue to bless you for your generous hearts. This vehicle will bring many benefits to the Church and help to people in need.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Philippians 4:19-20

With great gratitude and respect,

Rev. Yuriy Popel, pastor in the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU)

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