Crisis in Ukraine

LCMS International Mission

War in Ukraine

Offering prayers and support for displaced Ukrainians

As the situation in Ukraine continues, the church prays for peace and for those in harm’s way. We also strive to provide for those affected.

The Office of International Mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working with several Lutheran church bodies and missionaries in Europe to help our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, Lutheran refugees and others affected by the violence.


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Interested in sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee in the U.S.?

Interested in sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee?

Grants are available to support the efforts of LCMS congregations, districts and Recognized Service Organizations caring for Ukrainians who are temporarily seeking refuge in the U.S.

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Want to support displaced Ukrainians in Europe?

These gifts to the LCMS, including to Mission Central, are restricted to providing aid and assistance to persons displaced by the war in Ukraine.

The LCMS will issue grants to/through our Lutheran partners in the region who are best positioned to provide compassionate care in Christ’s name to those fleeing the conflict.

The situation is ongoing, and we pledge to use every gift wisely to accomplish the greatest good possible in ways that deliver the Gospel as human needs are met.


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ELCU Bishop delivers sermon in the midst of war

On Feb. 27, just three days after the war began in Ukraine, the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine preached a sermon based on Luke 18:31–43.

“Our crucified Lord is no stranger to our pain, our need, our despair, our fear, our weakness,“ the Rev. Serge Maschewski preached.

“Our crucified God overcame death and overcame hopelessness. He did all this for us. He walked this road to become the One who can save, the One who can help. In any situation, at any time.”

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Pray for peace during the conflict in Ukraine

The International Lutheran Council is urging prayers for peace during what may be the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. On Feb. 24, Russian forces started invading Ukraine with ground, air, and naval forces.

“We ask our members to pray for peace,” said ILC Chairman Hans-Jörg Voigt. “May God bring an end to the hostilities and prevent further bloodshed.”

Congregations are encouraged to use the following intercessory prayer for peace.

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