Ukraine War: How you can make a difference
I woke up this morning, had a shower and went down for breakfast. I was happy to complete my Wordle in 4 today, and was about to comment about it on facebook (don’t worry, I don’t share it daily on there, I just had a vague feeling it was a word that had been done before — it wasn’t). When I logged on to facebook I saw a friend’s status, “Praying for Ukraine” and realised it had happened. War had started. Russia had invaded Ukraine. I went on the BBC News website which confirmed my thoughts.
A sense of numbness came over me, then a feeling of fear. For the first time in my lifetime one of the world’s superpowers is starting a full scale war. The annexation of Crimea in 2014 was dreadful. This seems significantly worse. It really does feel like it could be the start of a long, drawn out conflict in which thousands of lives are lost and millions of lives are ruined. So, what can we do?
- Pray. As a Christian I believe in the power of prayer. The Archbishops of the Church of England have called for a national day of prayer on Sunday 27 February, and endorsed the Pope’s call for a day of fasting on Ash Wednesday, 2nd March. We can join in with that, and keep on praying as long as we need to.
- Listen. Pay attention to the stories of the people from Ukraine, who are living through this war. What are their experiences? What are they asking for?
- Welcome. There will inevitably be a large number of refugees fleeing Ukraine in the coming weeks and months. We can offer a welcome, both as nations and as individuals, providing support through financial or practical means to charities supporting refugees.
- Write to your MP or other Government representative (if you’re not in the UK). Hold them to account, and ask them what they are doing in their role to make a difference for the people of Ukraine.
- Remember the people of Russia, and care for them too. Jesus tells us to love our enemies, and we should, but the people of Russia are not the enemy. Most Russians will not be interested in this war — they will not want it to happen. We should not become intolerant of people from Russia simply because of their heritage. Such stereotyping never solves problems, it only perpetuates them.
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