PDA: UKRAINE

 
“(God) shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
Isaiah 2:4
 
 
The current Russian invasion that started on February 24 follows eight years of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As the violence continues, the number of people being displaced internally and fleeing to neighboring countries increases by the day. In the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival. Our first priority as PDA is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not, which means we have trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work.
 
 
The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.
 
Donate here to BPC’s fund for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
 
MISSION PASTOR: REV. LORA EAST
MISSION ELDER: STEVE RUTH
MINISTRY LEADER: MARGARET CHOCK
TEAM MEMBERS: TOM ELANDER, FRANCIE GOODRICH, ROB HUDNUT, WADE HUIE,
SANDY KIM, ZAYNA LYNCH, NORMA MCNAIR
 

Matthew 25:37-40

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

BPC is a Matthew 25 Church! Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, Brentwood Presbyterian Church joins our denomination, the PC(USA), to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

The themes of the Matthew 25 invitation are grounded in the gospel. Jesus calls us to serve with and for “the least of these” — not as a group to be pitied, but as people who are deeply loved by Jesus. This loving commitment to radical and fearless discipleship has three focuses:

• Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with their community, seeing new disciples engaged in ministry and longstanding believers develop in faith as the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed.

• Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.

• Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

· Link to current OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

· Link to BPC’s INTERNATIONAL MISSION PARTNERS

· Link to BPC Domestic Mission Partners, Seasonal opportunities to Serve (COMING SOON)