about the project
On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine. Two days later, we gathered online with individuals from Europe and North America to hear from Ukrainian church leaders. We wanted to know how to best support them, and to pray together. (For a reflection, see “An Hour in Support of Ukraine.”)
The emotional and impactful event led to an outpouring of support that we did not anticipate.
As we were in touch with our Ukrainian friends and a number of church leaders, we recognized that a lot of humanitarian help in Ukraine and Poland was being organised by local churches and parishes. Further, we were told that diapers, clothes, medical supplies, and food were among the most direly needed aid products.
We decided we wanted to help.
Together with volunteers from Poland, we decided to take three vans into Ukraine—L’viv, specifically—to deliver supplies that our local contacts needed, especially as they were in turn supporting refugees from other parts of Ukraine.
You can watch a video of our first supply run on 11 March here.
We realised that although the Quo Vadis Institute is not a relief organisation, we were uniquely situated to link Polish and Ukrainian churches (who desperately need support) with churches in Europe and North America (who desperately want to help).
A new project, “Churches Helping Churches Help” was born.