Polish Baptist Welcome Refugees

Source: Baptist Standard

In Polish churches, Ukrainian refugees are finding safety and security as everything in the world around them is uncertain.

God has placed Ukrainians in our churches over the past 10 years, and they are instrumental in this effort,”  Vice President of the Baptist Union of Poland Mateuz Wichary told The Baptist Standard. “When the fleeing Ukrainians arrive in our churches and can talk with, relate to and begin to process what happened with people who know their language, culture and customs, it helps them switch from fear toward comfort.”

The Poles welcomed many Ukranians, like Tetyana and her daughter who fled and ended up at the Baptist seminary in Warsaw.

“In the last moment, we decided to pack quickly, our most needed things, and just flee Kyiv,” Tetyana told the Standard.

On Feb. 24, they drove until they were held up by a 31-mile-long line of cars waiting to get into Poland. There, they abandoned their car and boarded a bus.

“At 2 a.m., on Feb. 27, we finally crossed the border,” she said.

“I’m thankful to God because I’m Orthodox. I pray every day. And yesterday we had [a] Baptist church service here, and I cried all the time when we prayed and worshiped God. People are so good to us. I’m thankful to God that he provided a place for us here, because me and my daughter thought that we would sleep on the streets when we arrived in Warsaw.”

Source: Baptist Standard