Door of Hope and Link to Hope – working together for the people of Ukraine
This page is to provide regular Ukraine updates to let the amazing supporters of Door of Hope and Link to Hope know what is happening and importantly where and how your money is being spent. If we are able to show photos we will, however as you can imagine sometimes that isn’t possible. Also, although many of our project managers are pastors, please know that people are being helped regardless of their colour, creed, religion or nationality. Our sole purpose is to help everyone we can in a crisis such as this.
With the Russian invasion growing ever more serious, this conflict has the capacity to create a refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale among Ukraine people. With much of the population heading towards the western side with the sole focus of getting their family and loved ones to some form of safety, Door of Hope and Link to Hope are working with Pastors and Project Leaders in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine to ensure they receive food and a roof over their head.
19/05/2022 – Zhelannoye – Eastern Ukraine
We have just received information from our project leader who is working in Zhelannoye where our project the Angel of Light is. The Angel of Light centre is housing refugees and children from the project and unfortunately all around several houses have been hit by Russian shells. Miraculously, through the grace of God the centre is still standing. Our project leader and his volunteers, continue to bring food, hygiene products and essentials for the children and refugees inside. However, he told us that the fuel situation is becoming a major problem here now. The rare sighting of a station would have a queue a kilometre long and the cost of diesel is 68 hryvnia, approximately 2.2 USD per 1 litre.
On this particular visit our project leader came across this man called Yuri in the village. He is partially paralyzed and has trouble with mobility. Yuri was found in his basement where he hid from shells and rocket attacks. Our project leader kindly drove him to his relatives some miles away in a safe town called Poltava where he is now cared for.
Your financial support helps us, Door of Hope and Link to Hope to support the amazing work that our project leaders in Ukraine put their lives forward for.
16/05/2022 – Kramatorsk – Eastern Ukraine
Our project leader who we will call A.G for protection purposes, continues to serve and support the people in Kramatorsk and surrounding areas in Eastern Ukraine. A.G tells us that the shelling continues with such intensity on many occasions and communication with the outside world is difficult sometimes. He said sometimes it can be hard to breathe with the amount of smoke and fires circulating. Visibility on the roads makes it difficult to drive due to the smoke and its not always to get fuel for the van. Through all this A.G continues to help the people in this hard hit area, delivering food and aid parcel’s to the elderly and others who are unable to leave their homes. With your donations, Door of Hope and Link to Hope continue to support A.G and the work he does. We pray that God continues to protect him and his volunteers through these uncertain times.
14/05/2022 – Zaparozhia – Eastern Ukraine
For many years our project leaders Zina and Alex have been running various projects in Zaparozhia near Mariupol, from feeding the homeless to helping single mothers with HIV. Due to the invasion, projects have been displaced but Zina and her team continue to serve in an area which is hard hit and seen regularly on the news. Door of Hope and Link to Hope continue to support Zina and the team financially so they can purchase large quantities of groceries and aid to give to the people near war torn Mariupol. Many still can’t leave for various reasons and so are house bound. Many are trying to leave the areas with little in the way of money or belongings, so the support and kindness shown to people in desperate need is why your financial donations are so important to the bravery of people such as Zina and her team.
02/05/2022 – Uzhgorod – Ukraine Border
For many years we have supported Nickolay, our Project Leader and Pastor. Over the last two months Pastor Nickolay has been moving members of his Church and Roma Community from his home town in Kharkov to Uzhgorod on the Polish border. Making trips back and fourth, Door of Hope and Link to Hope have supported him financially with travelling costs, food, aid and hygiene products. Sadly recently, Nickolay’s family home was shelled and so he lost his family home not knowing when or if he will return.
Last year we purchased this large Marquee for his Christian Ministry work within the Roma Communities. He is now currently living in Uzhgorod using this marquee for refugees to gather and to hold Church Meetings for anyone who wants to spend time with others and reflect on the devastation happening around them.
25/04/2022 – Zaporozhye – Mariupol
This lady is called Svetlana and she is disabled from the waist down. Sadly, Svetlana’s children left her and their village near Mariupol as the war in Ukraine progressed, leaving her all alone. Door of Hope and Link to Hope are supporting 2 brothers from our Haven of Hope project near Zaporozhye who have bravely stayed behind and are helping refugees leave checkpoints out of Mariupol. On this particular day! the brothers stumbled upon the house by chance where Svetlana is living, she was crawling across the floor and putting things in her stove to keep warm, they could see she was terribly hungry and cold. They continue to visit Svetlana regularly now, bringing her food, preparing the food for her and chopping wood for her to burn. The brothers say it is getting more difficult week by week as there are no products in stores and having to buy produce in local markets where items are more expensive.
22/04/2022- New Life Church – Liviv
With the amount of refugees entering safer places to the West such as Liviv, it’s a monumental task to obtain enough food to feed everyone. We support Pastor Misha and his volunteers at New Life Church in Liviv which has seen a wave of refugees enter the building. Here you can see them on one of their food runs purchasing sacks of rice, pasta etc to take back to the kitchens in the church to feed many hungry refugees that are arriving daily. Pastor Misha even finds time to go out and deliver food parcels to help support the hungry local forces who are defending Ukraine.
15/04/2022- Refugee House – Poland
This house has been kindly donated to both Door of Hope and Link to Hope to house Ukraine refugees. This home will be used to offer people safety who will be tired and traumatised by their experiences.
Because the owner of the house lives in the UK now, this house has been empty for a long time. Unfortunately, because of this… the boiler system had died so the house was very cold and had no hot running water. With your donations we have been able to fix the boiler system so that the refugees who have entered can experience hot running water and heating.
13/04/2022- Oradea, Romania
Nelu is one of Link to Hope’s project managers in Oradea, Romania and someone they have know for many years. We received this e-mail from him. “
“The refugees are coming, hungry, tired, wet and cold. They need food and clothes when they manage to cross the border after many hours in lines.
Now we like to buy some food to send to the other side of the border. We received a request for food from a Romanian church in Cernautzi, Ukraine to distribute in the bombing area and to feed the refugees that stop on the other side of the border.
So with your support we sent funds in order to help Nelu buy and deliver food to this church in Ukraine who need food and clothing.
Nelu was able to buy 1800kg of food and drinks which was loaded onto 3 minibuses and Nelu and his team crossed over the border from Romania to Ukraine to deliver it. We were amazed at how much food they were able to take over and they were greeted so warmly when they got to their destination. Ukraine is beginning to run short of food in some places so this will be used to help people who desperately need it.
Today in Kramatorsk, the Russian army launched a missile attack on the city. School number 15 was completely destroyed. Fortunately, there was no one in the school, the children study remotely.
This is from our contact AG who is project manager for the Angel of Light. There is going to be so much rebuilding necessary when this war is over. Thank goodness the children were not there at the time.
01/04/2022 –Zhelannoe – Donbas, Ukraine
The Angel of Light Centre that Door of Hope and Link to Hope support is now also being used for fleeing refugees from neighbouring towns. Our amazing super human friend and project leader A.G, is constantly moving back and forth from Zaporozhye delivering food and medicines to the Angel of Light and households within the village of Zhelannoe. Because of the incredible support received, we have been able to finance A.G to purchase these items from a warehouse so he can continue to supply all this food and aid to the many refugees entering the Angel of Light and the town of Zhelannoe. A.G is a courageous and always giving man and we know that he will not stop what he is doing for his own safety. The Angel of Light is from one of the hard hit areas in the Donbas region, so we continue to pray for his safety and others.
29/03/2022 – Iasi, Romania – Odessa, Ukraine
With the help of Link to Hope’s contact, Pastor Pavel and his church wanted to send food to a church in Odesa in Ukraine who are helping to look after refugees. Alongside food and other items they specifically required funds in order to buy medicine that is needed so badly at the moment. From your donations we were able to buy the medicine that was needed along with other items.
Pavel says ” here we are loading the van with food: flour (300kg,) oil (150 litres), sugar, rice, canned beans, canned meat and 7 boxes with medicine (paracetamol for children (syrup) and for adults (pills), antibiotics (adults and children) and antivirals. We were also able to buy diapers, sweets, hygiene items (tooth paste and brushes, wet and dry napkins. Other vans are carrying mattresses and clothing. Thank you so much to both charities”
The van alongside other ones have now left for Odessa.
26/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
Here is the top floor of the community centre that has just been finished in Borzieni, Moldova. Our project manager and team have speedily made it available for more refugees to come and stay. Everyone is volunteering their time and talents to help out. Now we are awaiting for the beds and mattresses.
24/03/2022 – Odessa, Ukraine
Both Door of Hope and Link to Hope have the bedrock of the charities rooted in helping the poorest and most marginalised. One of those groups is the Roma Community who are almost always the poorest in society and are often misunderstood and disadvantaged. As you can imagine in this war the people who have the money and the cars have been the first to leave Ukraine and who can blame them. However there are millions left behind who have no ability at all to leave the country. They are either too old, too poor, to illiterate or just couldn’t work how or what to do. Max works amongst the Roma community outside Odessa in Ukraine and we have totally invested in him and his ministry. We were raising funds for the “I AM Project” to get as many people birth certificates as possible and we helped buy a house to be able to outreach into the community. Max is still in Odessa and taking food parcels and medicines to people that desperately need it.
Max says “Thank God we are doing well in Odessa so far. Sometimes there are air raids warning and shelling, but in general transport works, the city lives its own life. We distribute food packages to Roma people, unfortunately the range of products in stores is very poor. No cereals, flour, sugar. Recently we were in Berezovka and saw Nino, an undocumented woman who has many children. She told us that she had not eaten for 2 days. We gave her a food package that will help her live for at least a week.
We also deliver food to other Roma settlements. We recently managed to send a believing Roma family to Moldova. There was a husband, wife and 7 children. They are from Kharkov, their house was bombed, they lived in the subway for several days, then they came to Odessa, we settled them in the same church, where they spent the night and in the morning our volunteer took them to the border and advised them to take some of the children to their husband and without a wife to go through the border and leave some of the children to the wife so that she can cross the border on her own, because men are not allowed out of the country.
We continue to work, consult, distribute food packages, medicines and reassure people, hope for the mercy of God and are very grateful to you for your support in such a difficult time”
Max has a wife Julia and two small children. They are very brave and we can’t imagine what it must be like to be waiting for the bombs to start dropping on Odessa. We pray they don’t.
22/03/2022 – Zaporizhia, Ukraine
Two of our Ukraine project managers Z & A had been helping refugees on the Hungarian/Ukraine border but have now crossed over to Germany with two families and children in tow. Z & A however are co-ordinating efforts to send funds back to Zaporizhia to their project House of Mercy which looks after homeless people and people going through drug rehabilitation. This is one of the projects that Door of Hope and Link to Hope jointly support.
This is what Z & A have said ” The House of Mercy remains in Zaporizhia and there are people there as well as many animals. We care about them. We left them 3 cars, and enough food for them and the animals. Two brothers from the church team remain with them and continue to do social work there. We send money to fill up their cars with petrol and buy food particularly for people who are now escaping from the blockade of Mariupol” Z & A are able to get funds directly into the heart of where people are at most need….so Door of Hope and Link to Hope have sent funds in order to increase the number of people they are able to help. Again without your support none of this would be possible. Thank you so much.
21/03/2022 – Stauceni, Moldova
With YOUR help we are sending funds today to Mihail, our project manager in Stauceni to buy 15 bunk beds to give him an extra 30 beds for more refugees that are coming over the border. For anyone wondering what we are going to be doing with all these beds when this awful war is finally over – then think of all those very poor families who will have a lovely new(ish) bed and mattress to sleep on.
This is from Mihai -“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your financial help, moral support, and prayers. With tears in my eyes I come to tell you that your help is very important in these days full of pain, tears and despair both for the Ukrainian people and for us in Moldova. Thanks to your support, we can now help refugees in Ukraine who are becoming increasingly vulnerable. At first some husbands came with their wives, now there are more mothers, children and the elderly who need a lot of care. In the building of the center in Stauceni, at this moment, more than 160 refugees passed, who received a place to sleep, hot food, a hot shower, transport from customs with Ukraine and to customs with Romania and comforts. I was able to provide these things with Link to Hope’s help” Thank you everyone and please share.
18/03/2022 – A.G -Kramatorsk and Zhelanoye
TODAY – Just after 8.45am, our project leader who we will call A.G for reasons of safety – sent us this picture on the LEFT of an apartment block that had just been hit in Kramatorsk where he lives. Fortunately, A.G lives in a block next to this and so suffered minor damage to his apartment.
In 2019 we visited the village of Zhelanoye, Ukraine where Door of Hope and Link to Hope jointly fund a project called the Angel of Light, run by A.G. It is in what was previously called the Red Zone and only three miles from where the 2014 war had stopped. Russian troops could be seen in the distance. Although the Ukraine war has moved to full scale in the last three weeks, for the last 8 years there has been shelling and sniping for much of that time. The Angel of Light was set up to take care of the children traumatised by the last war and we met many whose lives had been damaged by their experiences. We took a decision to fund larger premises for this project which had previously been based in a single room. A multi-roomed house with two floors, outbuildings, loft and cellar was being sold for around the price of an average second hand car in the UK. We bought it and the house and the facilites has transformed the lives of many of those children with activities, lessons, play, community projects, crafting, sports and so much more.
Fast, forward three years and a country decimated. Our wonderful project leader A.G (who will remain nameless as he is in danger) drove his family to the border of Poland over 4 days to make sure they were safe. He then drove all the way back to make sure that he could still support the families and children of the Angel of Light centre. When we visited the building we remember the very large loft and premises. What we didn’t notice was the very big basement and there is where many of those people are now living protected from the shelling and bombs above. Our project leader A.G is trying to buy food from rapidly depleting shelves and also repair a car that keeps breaking down. Funds have been sent to him to help buy foods and to buy parts to fix the car to enable him to carry on in his quest to help as many people as possible survive this war. He is so brave and he could easily have chosen to stay as far away as possible but he is also a medic so knows that people need him and he is willing to risk his life to help. We have been sent this photo of some of the children in the basement of the Angel of Light eating together. Also the shelves of a local supermarket.
16/03/2022 – Dancu, Moldova
An update from Pastor Slavic welcoming Refugees
“Every day we are extremely busy here and it is hard to put in words how we feel emotional.
Yesterday, my day started at 2:30 am and went to bed after 12 mid night and then after 15 minutes got a call from the border near us asking if we can take two mothers and their children for at least one night because they were exhausted.
Yesterday we spent all day at the Moldova/Romanian border serving the Ukrainians who are feeling this horrific war. We had the opportunity to see and interact with hundreds of Ukrainian citizens as they crossed into Romania. There were numerous convoys of buses all during the day transporting people from the Ukrainian/ Moldova border to the border with Romania. Many people pulled up in cars too. All almost exclusively women and children. It was good to see that those people are safe now but at the same time it is a heartbreaking to see everyone looking so sad and hopeless because they have no idea where they go and they don’t know if they will be able to return back to the their country. I spoke with some of the Romanian drivers of this convoys and they said that they have been doing these for some days already and soon all places in Romania will be full with the refugees.
This morning another lady came here at our centre and when i invited her to have some breakfast she was brought in tears saying that she doesn’t want anything now. She just needs some quiet time to forget the terrible noice of bombs etc. We took her to my brother’s house where Pavel’s sister from Ukraine is staying to have some rest and then we will see her at lunch time.
Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and all the amazing support you are giving us. We have received the funds from you and we were deeply touched the other day to see how God works to encourage us. I called every company i knew asking about coal and all of them said they don’t have anything left and because of this situation in Ukraine they don’t know when they will be able to import more. I was so worried because here it is still cold and we had coal left here for only one day. However i went to Straseni, a small town not far from Chisinau and i got there just in perfect timing to buy the last coal. That was really amazing. Thank you so much for your help.
I have been greatly uplifted this morning and greatly encouraged by what this lady shared with me. She is here with her two daughters and 4 grandchildren. They were so touched when they arrived here at our centre. This morning she told me that her husband who is in Ukraine now never believed in God and didn’t allow her to attend a church. However when she arrived here she shared with her husband about us and how blessed they are that God directed them here. With tears in her eyes she said pastor, my husband never said praise the Lord but now he is saying this everytime we speak with him and he is motivating us to pray and thank God. She and her daughters read the Bible here and have found some Christians books in Russian and are so happy that they can ready this. We pray so much for them and for them and for their husbands. God’s work is amazing.
My eyes are most of the time in tears specifically when i see kids suffering. We took these photos at the border when this car stopped at our tent. There was a family with 7 kids, very hungry and so desperate because they didn’t know where to go. We have good contacts in Romania like Pavel Smantana and we are working together to help everyone to find a safe place”
14/03/2022 – Oradea, Romania & Uzhhorod, Ukraine
We have a contact Pete who is presently working in Oradea helping refugees particularly children with disabilities. He is driving into Ukraine to the city of Uzhhorod with supplies and then coming out with refugees who want to escape to Romania. He is particularly involved with trying to rescue children with disabilities and getting them out of the Ukraine. However he is trying to group them together so that when they get to a new country they have a support group already formed. They are mostly going to Austria and Germany. People are contacting him to see if he can arrange accomodation for refugees in Oradea,
“The situation has gone crazy. It is becoming more and more difficult to find accommodation. The centre I wanted to use now has approx. 100 each day coming over the border, so all afternoon, I have been look at finding solutions. I received a call from my contact in Ukraine… “Pete, we have 80 arriving tonight from towns with bombing. These are mainly women and children, some with disabilities. I need to find a way to collect them tomorrow and find a place…
The latest is I found a place for 40 and another for 60. Both similar areas approx 2-3 hours away. From one town, we could then send people on the train to Vienna where my contacts can collect and find somewhere. Tonight, I heard about two places nearby for 100 and for 50. One is through a church to help families… Later in the day, I will go to Uzhhorod to be there with vehicles to pick up refugees, if we can find vehicles. The problem, as we take 50 or 80, the next lot are waiting…………..!
The amount of funds needed to spend on fuel, paperwork, food, accommodation is so large so as you can imagine, all donations have been so valuable. Thank you so much for all your support as we have been able to send funds in order to help Pete and his team continue their extremely important work.
12/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
We have felt so blessed and humbled by the funds that are coming in from supporters. On the appeal page it is such a lot of money. However we are realising that it is being spent as fast as it is being raised. We are starting to send funds to project managers two weeks after we sent the last donation to them. Pastor Ion sums it up
“Thank you very much for the care you have for the people we serve together. At the moment, in order to be able to cope with the work with the refugees, the costs we have are under 7-8-9 pounds a day, depending on the age of the person. We also have babies, two are twin brothers of only 3 months. May God have mercy on Ukraine and bless all those who serve the refugees. At the moment we need about £2000 pounds to be able to cope with the work for 10 days”
We have sent off the money that has been requested and we will be given feedback when it is spent. We have numerous project managers who we are supporting so you can see that every penny counts that you are generously giving to Link to Hope. Unfortunately this is going to be a long haul and even if it ended tomorrow it would be a slow process going back to normal if that can even be achieved.
11/03/2022 – Liviv – Misha – New Life Church
With the extent of the people migrating across Ukraine, heading towards, Pastor Misha in Liviv has opened his New Life Church for all the refugees. He tells us of the ever growing number of people heading to Liviv on packed trains having to overspill and sleep in the corridor of the train. This church is a refuge for many seeking safety for the night and a warm meal. Volunteers who help Misha are always on hand to help and prepare food parcels for the refugees to take with them on their journey. We have transferred your financial support to Misha to purchase this ever escalating need for food, aid and beds.
07/03/2022 – Bozieni, Moldova
More refugees have just arrived in Bozieni, Moldova. The original number they were asked to host was 15 but a further 30 refugees have now arrived. The community centre run by Pastor Ion has now run out of mattresses/beds for people. So we have just sent £1,600 of YOUR funds to buy more of them along with all the bedding that is needed. We have been overwhelmed by peoples generosity in giving funds so we can help the people on the ground. Thank you so, so much. Moldova is being overwhelmed by people so YOUR money is vitally important and directly contributing to ensuring the safety and support of refugees.
4/3/2022 – Stauceni, Moldova
Here are some photos received today from Stauceni where Mihail and his church are looking after a number of refugees and where we have sent funds to support their work.
04/03/2022 – Liviv – Pastor Misha
In Liviv, (Western Ukraine) Door of Hope and Link to Hope supports an amazing man called Misha who is the Pastor of New Life Church. Because of your financial support towards both charities, Misha has purchased large quantities of food and aid for refugees. With the support from volunteers they use the church to take in the elderly, children and mothers for the night so they can rest and have a hot meal. The following day they offer to take them to the Polish border. Misha tells us… Liviv has not received bombs as yet but often sirens sound in the night, when this happens they all go to the basement of the church. It is feared the threat will come from an air strike from Belarus.
Many people, Christian and Non-Christian have heard of Pastor Misha and his Church and ring to ask for help, often from the train and sometimes during the night. Pastor Misha tells us that people are very broken and scared when they arrive, especially the children. Along with his church volunteers they feed them, talk to them and pray with them if they wish to receive prayer.
28/2/2022 – Borziesi, Moldova
The request has come for us to help refugees that are coming over the border from Ukraine. Link to Hope originally built a community centre in Borziesi for the local poor community. Both charities are pulling together in this ever growing crisis and through your financial help this is now being used to house and feed refugees. Here are some photos of the mattresses and bedding that your funds have bought.
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A.G – Zhelannoye, Donbas 04/03/2022
For safety reason’s we will call our project A.G
A.G made a 5 day trip across the Ukraine heading towards the Polish border with his family. With enemies attacking from all directions their journey was long and arduous, forcing them to stay in night shelters along the way. They told us that driving at night is very dangerous and that on one particular part of their journey when they reached a checkpoint, military started firing at the Russian army, A.G and his family unfortunately got into the firing line while in their car. It was miraculous we never got hit he said; but a Russian got shot in front of their eyes, it was a very scary time and distressing time. Desperate for somewhere to stay Door of Hope and Link to Hope located a house for them in Poland 4 miles from the border. The children and families from the Angel of Light centre are currently hiding within the basement of the centre. We managed to get funds to the Angel of Light with volunteers currently feeding the children and families within the basement of the centre.
Nickolayi – Kharkiv – Ukraine 03/03/2022
We support Nickolayi who has been making the long and arduous journey from Kharkov which has been under extreme shelling to Uzhgorod on the Polish border. Nickolayi is a pastor of a large church and is very well known within his Roma community. He has been driving back and fourth across Ukraine taking people to safety, offering… food and rest along the journey to Uzhgorod and helping them on the border with their paperwork. We have sent over £1,000 to try to help them buy the items they need such as:- fuel, food and clothing. They don’t want to cross the border into another country until the rest of the church join them so it is a waiting game for the moment.