The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. —Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Pray that war would cease and for justice and righteousness to be seen. Pray for leaders around the world to act with wisdom and compassion. Pray that those in need would find refuge and strength in the Lord. Pray for God's peace and protection on those in danger, experiencing fear, or grieving.

Alongside the humanitarian effort that OM are involved in on the ground aiding refugees in Ukraine and surrounding countries, we want to join with believers around the world and pray. 

Find things to pray for in these following videos and regular prayer updates:

Prayer requests for Russia - August

  • Pray for team members and local believers who are traveling to an occupied part of Ukraine to do relief work this week. Pray for safety as they travel, but also for wisdom as they serve and help to rebuild some destroyed buildings.

Prayer requests for Ukraine - August

  • The team in Vinnytsia still has two weeks of camps including children from IDP families. Please pray for a successful end to their camp season.
  • At the end of this week team members, volunteers and Ukrainian teens will be travelling from 5 different countries, including Ukraine to attend the Teenstreet conference in the Netherlands. Please pray for safe travel for all of them and that the Lord will do a great work in the heart of Ukrainian teens.
  • Volunteers from Odesa are doing two trips this week to villages east of Nikolaev that were freed from Russian forces. They have about 900 food parcels to distribute. Please pray for their safety.
  • The cities of Odesa and Vinnytsia (where two of our OM teams operate) have been targeted by Russian missiles in the last two weeks. Please keep on praying for our safety.

Prayer Requests for Poland - August

At the Border

  • This ministry has now transitioned to serving at the relocation centres close to the border, where the team run kids’ programmes and women’s meetings. Pray for God’s wisdom and flexibility as the team adjusts to the change in ministry and for new doors to be opened.
  • Pray for all our amazing volunteers - those who have been serving faithfully for many weeks and those who come each week to serve short-term. Pray for God’s strength to serve, despite the challenges.
  • Pray for volunteers who do not speak Ukrainian or Russian to be able to overcome language barriers and show God’s love in practical ways.

Work in Kutno in OM church plant with refugees:

  • There are now 21 refugees currently living in the new safe house. The vision is to see them move from dependency to self-reliance, with some of them already starting to find work. Please pray for more to be able to find jobs. Pray also for our volunteers who oversee the running of the house.
  • From 3rd - 13th August, a group of 18 people from a Brazilian football club are coming to Kutno for short-term outreach. This team has visited previously and they will be doing football training with Ukrainian children and then from 8th – 12th August, a football camp open to all children and youth in Kutno. Please for the team’s safe arrival, for the cooperation with the local government, and for the required finance.
  • After the very encouraging success of the film screening for Ukrainian children as part of our countrywide cinema project, Kutno plans to host a second screening soon. Please pray for preparation for this.

OpSafe trauma recovery programme

  • Praise God for well attended trainings which took place last week in Warsaw (30 participants) and Gdansk (24 participants). Please pray for all the volunteers, that they would use what they have leant to bless children who have suffered much as a result of the war.

OpSafe trauma recovery program for children

  • Praise God that so far, the five-day camps have taken place in four locations, reaching a total of around 150 children. Some great feedback was received and we have been really encouraged by the response. Pray for more churches across Poland to open their doors and sign up to host these events.
  • Training sessions are continuing across Poland to prepare volunteers to run the camps. Pray for more volunteers who speak Ukrainian and are willing to serve at future camps.

Prayer requests for Moldova- August

  • Pray for team members who are spread out in different communities on outreaches..

Prayer requests for Romania - August

  • Praise God for our music festival called “Heartbeats” which we organized on 15th and 16th of July on a large stadium in Cluj. About 20 000 people attende). Among other Christian bands from USA, Australia, Germany, we also invited a Ukrainian band (4UBAND) to perform, who brought hope to many Ukrainian refugees. Please pray that we would be able to follow up with those who want to know more about our hope in God. We generated an App which can be installed on mobile phones for those who want to continue to find out more about God.
  • Continue to pray for our youth camps. We organized already a few camps among the least reached people (Turks, Tatars, and Roma) with whom we work. Several Ukrainians also attended these camps. Pray also for a youth camp which we would like to organize in Bulgaria among Muslim Turks and Roma communities.
  • Continue to pray for our people involved in trauma healing (psychotherapy). We recently developed a training program for those who are working with Ukrainian refugees. The purpose was to give them basic information about how they can help people facing trauma. The need to offer this kind of support, especially to Ukrainian refugees, is bigger. Please pray for strength for those who are doing this important ministry.
  • Pray for a new shelter which we want to build in Bulgaria (Burgas area). By God’s grace we have been able to raise some money to build a building (modular walls). We need this building to house Ukrainian refugees who are now forced to leave locations the government had offered them until tourism started up again. Ukrainian refugees don’t have any other housing alternatives in Bulgaria.
  • Pray for more short-term workers. By God’s grace we have received some short-term workers and we praise God for their help. Even if these short termers are talking to the Ukrainian refugees using Google translate, they are manifesting God’s love to those who are hurting.
  • Pray for future ministry among Ukrainian refugees. It is hard to anticipate the future of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and its impact, but our team is committed to continuing to offer aid to people from Ukraine, to help Romanian churches in their efforts to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, and to partner with various organizations involved in hosting our neighbors.
  • Pray for God’s protection upon different people from Romania who are constantly crossing the border into Ukraine to bring different trucks with food, sanitary items and medicine to different places like Odessa, Izmayil and Cernovtsy where we already have some very trustworthy contacts

Oh Lord, we cry out to You to draw near to the men, women and children in Ukraine, as well as those who have fled. We pray that You will work in this situation, and that many would experience the love of Jesus. Father, protect the vulnerable. We weep, Lord, and we know Your heart is broken for our very broken world.

Thank You!

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