UKRAINE

The Rev. Balázs Ódor, Ecumenical Officer for the Reformed Church in Hungary, has been in direct contact with the Church of Scotland, who have been able to contact the Bishop’s Office in the Reformed Church in Carpathian Ukraine, and some congregations in Ukraine. 

The Reformed Church of Hungary has access to the Reformed church in Ukraine who are using their buildings to support the people moving from east to west as they seek safety and sanctuary. They also are working in the border areas of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania using the Reformed Church contacts and buildings there.

They are providing daily updates and you can see more Information here:

https://reformatus.hu/english/news/emergency-response-for-ukraine/

Though RCHA you can support those fleeing from the east and coming to the west of Ukraine where they can be helped through the churches there; those in the west already who don’t have access to their money when the banks run out and who will need food/help; and those who cross the borders into Hungary, Slovakia or Romania.

Your donations can be directed to the following account:

Royal Bank of Scotland

Church of Scotland No 1 Account Account no 00134859

Sort code 83 06 08

Reference RCHA donation Please gift aid this if possible.

Other ways to support 

St Columba’s, Budapest

The Church of Scotland congregation in Budapest have opened their church and the mission centre up to give sanctuary and a place of rest to refuges as they journey through. In the centre last night were woman and children and in the church were 15 Nigerian students who had travelled solidly for 3 days to get to safety. Rev Aaron Steven and his congregation are seeking to provide a 24hour service of love and care to those that need them also. Please keep them in your prayers also.

The Reformed Church in Poland

The Reformed Church in Poland, while small, is doing what it can to support those arriving in Poland. Some Parishes are hosting refugees. One is trying to create a retreat and recovery centre for traumatised people. The congregation in Łódź, where there are already 250,000 Ukrainians living, is cooperating with a Roman Catholic foundation, and seeking to support children and students living and studying there.