immigrants of Ukrainian descent have long been neighbors in the U.S. & Canada. With over 1.3 million persons of Ukrainian origin in Canada, it has the third highest numbers of Ukrainians in the world behind Ukraine and Russia.
The first Ukrainian to America sailed with John Smith to Jamestown in 1607, with large scale Ukrainian migration to
the US beginning in the 1880’s. The highest numbers of refugees–especially persecuted Christians and Jews–entered the U.S. in the 1990’s.
Unite your hearts with faithful Ukrainian neighbors–& with Ukrainians now fearing displacement from their homeland–as you share resources & take actions below:
- Share this UNHCR/UN Refugee Agency information if you know Ukrainians urgently seeking help to escape.
- Pray with Rev. Terri Hord Owens & Faith Partners in this “Interfaith Call to Peace for Ukraine.”
- Sign Up to Join 5 Days of Prayers & Meditation for Ukraine.
- Watch Ukrainian Christians Sing & Pray in Kiev this week, & offer your prayers with theirs.
- Sing this Hymn for Peace in the Ukraine, “We Pray for Peace” by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, to the tune of “Be Still My Soul.”
- EMail the Administration to urge Ukrainians already in the US be protected by Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to avoid returns to unsafe conditions, and grant Special Student Relief (SSR) for eligible students from the Ukraine.
- EMail Congress to Respond with Strongest Humanitarian Support to help Ukrainians in Europe and continue to rebuild the US Refugee Program.
- If in Canada, Take These Actions to support Ukrainians through Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada.
- Go here for a Resource Roundup of additional ways to learn and help.
- Continue to Support Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries work (select “Refugee & Immigration Ministries”), as we respond together with welcome to constant global challenges. You may also mail your support to “Refugee & Immigration Ministries/DHM” to: RIM, c/o Disciples Home Missions, Kathy Watts, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN. 46206