Russia's Aggression in Ukraine Really Hurts the "Least of These"

In recent days, the political situation in Ukraine has continued to deteriorate. The disinformation campaigns and propaganda wars surrounding the conflict have made it difficult for even the most discerning observer to really know what is truly going on. What is certainly true is that many vulnerable people in Ukraine, particularly orphans, who are dependent upon the state for aid are being hurt.

The Ukrainian public coffers are bare. Seemingly, this is a result of President Yanukovych and his cronies lavish lifestyle and siphoning state funds prior to their flight to safety in Russia. However it happened, Ukraine is essentially bankrupt and is attempting to defend itself from Russian aggression and internal political turmoil amidst hyper inflation conditions in the economy. The country is in such poor shape that it is even crowd-funding to afford military operations

The country is desperate to defend itself, and as such, many welfare payments including stipends for foster families and aid for adoptive families has been cut. As a result, many vulnerable children and the families who are caring for them are in peril. 

In recent years, Ukraine has been one of the world’s leaders in reforming it’s child welfare system with regard to orphan care. This is particularly a result of the work of churches in Ukraine under the banner of a movement called Ukraine Without Orphans (UWO). By coming together across denominational lines with the objective of making Ukraine a nation of no orphans for God’s glory, churches and ministries have united as UWO to make significant progress in catalyzing an indigenous adoption movement and a functioning foster care movement that is helping to rid Ukraine of government-run, institutional orphanages in favor of home-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. The progress has been amazing.

I believe it is incumbent upon us as the church to respond to our brothers and sisters who are living out James 1:27 in Ukraine and have come upon this great difficult. Above all, PRAY! Pray that God will get glory from this circumstance, and that He will show all involved how to defend the fatherless well in His name. Pray for peace and stability in Ukraine. Pray for wisdom in gathering and sending aid. And, pray for the vulnerable people of Ukraine who are caught up in this international gambit. 

Plans are emerging for a mobilization of aid to help these children and families. More coming soon...

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Rick Morton

Father to three transnationally adopted children, Rick Morton’s dedication to orphans extends beyond his family. Coauthor of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, Rick and his wife are cofounders of international orphan-hosting ministry Promise 139, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An inspiring speaker, Rick shares God’s heart for the fatherless at many conferences for pastors as well as orphan-care conferences. He and his family live in the Greater Memphis area.