Dear Free Methodist Family,
Entering the season of Lent this year, the suffering of our world weighs heavily on all of us. In addition to the escalating war involving Russia and Ukraine, there are many countries where our Free Methodist members are experiencing unimaginable economic, political, Covid-related, and other hardships. In fact, several countries among our 100+ are embroiled in war. Please remember our global family in your daily prayers.
Since our statement earlier this week, several people have asked about sending care packages to Ukraine or neighboring countries where our churches are involved in relief work. Our leaders advise us that sending physical goods is costly and risky and would incur shipping and customs costs that could easily exceed the value of the items. The best way to help, besides praying, is to give to the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund and mark your donation “Ukraine.” Funds can be transferred to our partners, who are most appreciative.
We also have relied upon the wisdom of our leaders in Eastern Europe in carefully nuancing our statement so as not to jeopardize the safety of any of our personnel in Ukraine or Russia. Please continue to pray for peace and that our loved ones are protected from harm.
Together in concern and united in purpose,
Bishop Linda Adams Bishop Keith Cowart Bishop Matt Whitehead