The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (CoS) has visited Ukraine and Hungary to find out how donations from CoS members are being used to support people affected by the war. Lord Jim Wallace was joined by Rt. Rev. Susan Brownand Rev. Ian Alexander.
“Pray and work for justice and truth, and keep the horizon of reconciliation and peace,” summarized Christian Krieger, President of the Conference of European Churches his experience after a solidarity visit in Ukraine, which also included the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia, member of the organisation.
On 19 April, the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid delivered a humanitarian transport containing seeds to Transcarpathia from its warehouse in Beregdaroc. In the "Seeds of Hope" program, a total of 11 tonnes of seeds were delivered to the border region by HRCA. The total value of the transport exceeds one hundred thousand euros.
The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) offered three minibuses to better facilitate the distribution of donations in Transcarpathia. The new vehicles will transport food and hygiene products collected in Hungary to the Reformed Church in Ukraine.
The Hungarian speaking Reformed Congregation in Beregszász/Berehove, Ukraine, is organizing activities for often traumatized refugee children and Sunday afternoon services in Ukrainian, so that IDPs have spiritual relief, as well.
Bishop Zoltán Balog, Ministerial President of the Synod, in his opening address at the two-day session of the General Synod of RCH spoke about the solidarity with Transcarpathia, Ukraine, the role of religious education and the need for fairness. Korean Presbyterians visited the two-day meeting.
Sándor Zán Fábián, Bishop of the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia, Ukraine, has served as pastor of the reformed congregation in Mezővári for twenty-five years. The war and armed conflict will change the life of the region forever, including this small village. Since the outbreak of the war, he has been working continuously, spending his days helping those in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons. An interview.
The four Reformed Bishops from Hungary assured their brothers and sisters in Transcarpathia of their support on behalf of the Hungarian reformed community at their visit in Beregszász (Berehove). During the historic visit, beside the donations, the Bishops also presented the deep sympathy.
All the four Bishops of the Reformed Church in Hungary travelled today to the Western region of Ukraine to meet with Bishop Sándor Zán Fábián, and pastors and elders of the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia in Beregszász (Berehove).