Report for the Fourth Trip to Ukraine (May 12th-14th 2022)
As soon as we returned from our
third journey to Ukraine, we started the preparations for
the next trip. The first step was to register the freight
van that we purchased. Bro. Aurel Miclea took care of this. Bro. Aurel Munteanu and I kept in touch with the
brethren from Ukraine and those in Romania, to identify
the needs that we wanted to meet on the fourth trip. Once we
finalized the lists, sister Magda Duta helped us a lot
with logistics, finding producers and retailers and
negotiating with them, so that we obtained the goods on our
lists at the best possible prices.
While we were still
waiting to receive the registration certificate for the van,
we started the purchase of the goods, so that we could be
ready to go as soon as we had the van’s documents.
Purchasing the goods took a few days, and I was helped by
bro. Lucian to load and unload them. On Tuesday, May
10th, we received the registration paper. On Wednesday, May
11th, brothers Emanuel and George Paraschivescu arrived
from Bucharest. They accompanied me on this fourth trip. In
the evening, we loaded the van together and, after
getting a good night’s rest, we started our trip up north
on Thursday, May 12th, at 08:00 AM. It was 5 PM when we
arrived in Baia Mare, in northern Romania, where we
visited bro Emil and sis Mia Tarau, who prepared supper for
us. After that, we went to a big retailer there and
bought the rest of the items on our list. It was passed 10
PM, 14 hours after we started our journey, that we
arrived at the camp site in Sighet, where the brethren
were waiting for us. We quickly loaded bro Ovidiu’s van with
items that we brought, as they were planning to go to
Kharkov, and they gave us canned meat and other canned goods
to take for sis. Alesia to distribute in Kroprivnitskyi.
Bro. Romi and sister Anisoara Molnar helped us in the mean
time with the paper work in Ukrainian, needed for the border
crossing. Around 11:30 PM we went to bed.
13th, we started the day early, at 04:30 AM, getting ready
for departure. We started our trip to Ukraine around
05:00 and, after crossing several ranges of mountains, we
made it to the border crossing around 11:30 AM. After
waiting awhile for paperwork on the Ukrainian side, we
crossed the border at 12:45 PM and started our trip to
Chernivtsi, a city 45 km north of the border. There we
met bro. Mihai and the other drivers, and started unloading
our van into their van, which was going to deliver some
of the goods to Kiev and the rest to sis Alesia, in
Kroprivnitskyi (central Ukraine). After we prayed
together, brothers Ovidiu and Beni, joined by Mihai, drove
all the way to Kharkov, northeastern Ukraine, close to
the front line. From there, they went to Kroprivnitskyi
and Dnipro, in central Ukraine, delivering the rest of the
aid and bringing refugees that were fleeing the war zone
in eastern Ukraine.
After they left, we went to a
different location and met with brothers Orest and Pavel
Kharena, for whom we had a washing machine, a dryer and an
electric stove. They were taking these items to a refugee
center in the region of Carpathia, in western Ukraine, which
is hosting 100-150 refugees. After we met them and gave
them the items, we were ready to start our trip back.
Around 5PM we crossed the border back into Romania.
three drivers, we decided to drive continually to make it
all the way to Bocsa. We did that and we made it by 03:30
AM, finishing a trip in which we drove a total of 37 hours,
while having only 5 hours of sleep. We rested on
Saturday, and in the evening, brothers Emanuel and George
drove to Filiasi, where they spent the night at Aurel
Munteanu’s place. They drove to Bucharest the next
morning, taking Aurel with them, and they made it safely to
the service there.
By the grace of God, our mission was accomplished and we returned safe and sound to our homes. Yet our hearts and prayers were with the brethren who were still on the trip in Ukraine. We are thankful for all the fellowship we enjoyed during this trip, and also for the opportunity to serve together and do this wonderful work!
What is next?
We are thankful that the Lord gave us this opportunity to serve Him in this way. It is a great and intense effort, hard to describe in words. But we believe that it is an honorable and necessary effort, which must be made and which is worth all the sacrifices. We thank God that now we have a good and large freight van that makes our trips easier and more efficient.
We wish to
continue these trips to Ukraine for as long as we will have
funds available. For now, we have enough for a few more
trips. Once the funds will run low, I will let you all know,
and, if more funds will be available, we will gladly
offer ourselves to do this work of assisting our brothers
from Ukraine and the people that are suffering the worst of
Report for the Fourth Trip to Ukraine (May
Beside the items
we purchased ourselves, we took the following items that
were donated to
took 2800 Gospel booklets.
Total for purchased items: $6211.19
Money needed for fuel, vehicle maintenance and other expenses on our trip to Ukraine and back: $1159.22
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