Tracking the UCC Ukraine response

The United Church of Christ has collected almost $3 million through an emergency appeal for the people of Ukraine. On Jan. 27, 2023, almost a year after the Russian invasion displaced 13 million, church executives are traveling to the region to see what their needs are and how faith partners are responding using UCC gifts.

Ukraine Visit blog updates

Day 1 – Hungary

By Rev. Kent Siladi

Our team spent most of the first day traveling from the U.S. to Hungary (by way of Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Istanbul and finally Budapest.)…

Day 2 – Hungary

By Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson

The visit to Hungary entered a second day with visits to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHRC) office, Hungarian Reformed Church Aid…

Day 3 – Hungary

By Rev. Kent Siladi

“It is only by God’s grace that we have come together.” Bela Nagy, lay leader, Transcarpathian (Ukraine) Reformed Church. Today was a day of two…

Day 4 – Transcarpathia

By Peter Makari

Transcarpathia, or “across the Carpathian Mountains,” in Western Ukraine is known to the people who live here as Subcarpathia, which means…

Day 5 – Transcarpathia

By Rev. Joshua Baird

The first day that I worked from the new national office space last July, a small package was waiting on my desk. In it, I discovered 30 cards…

Days 6 & 7 – Greece

By Peter Makari

From Hungary, we traveled to northeast Greece, to the city of Katerini where the local congregation of the Evangelical Church of Greece established…

Days 8 & 9 – Moldova

By Rev. Joshua Baird

Yesterday was a long travel day, with multiple flights, not to mention delays and mishaps and miles on the road. On the final flight we had a chance meeting…

Day 10 – Moldova

By Peter Makari

Throughout our trip, we have experienced a tremendous amount of gratitude. Partners, displaced Ukrainians, and local people…

Day 11 – Moldova

By Rev. Kent Siladi

On our last day together our hosts with Church World Service invited us to meet with advocates for Ukrainian refugees who are providing food…

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