Medical care brings faith, hope and healing to Lviv, Ukraine

LVIV, UKRAINE – Samaritan’s Purse provides compassionate medical care at a clinic in Ukraine’s Lviv train station to sick and injured refugees fleeing carnage across their country.

NatashaResident of Lviv:

Many refugees come from completely different corners of our Ukraine. People are demoralized. They do not see what awaits them in the future.

Peter Holz, RNSamaritan’s Purse:

As you can see, it’s snowing, it’s cold. There is a low of 13 degrees Fahrenheit tonight. This will therefore put people at risk of hypothermia. It’s a very difficult time for people to be away from home without a solid plan of where to live.

Thousands of people pass through this station every day, many of whom have no plans for the future. Many of them have their bags with them, their dogs with them, young children with them. We see people with conflict-related injuries, some obvious blast-related injuries, and other physical ailments.

Trains enter this station 24 hours a day, helping people to flee. People sleep in this station at night. There’s a curfew that they can’t even get out on the streets after 10:00 p.m. So we ran this clinic 24 hours a day to provide round-the-clock care to people who are fleeing.

Dr Mark AgnessSamaritan’s Purse:

I’ve been deployed with Samaritan’s Purse several times. Why did I answer this time? Really the question is, why wouldn’t I answer? And you know, Warren Wiersbe said “the safest place in the world is at the center of God’s will,” and I really believe that. So I felt a call to respond positively, and not to follow would be madness. So I’m very happy to be able to respond. I truly believe that medical care, oftentimes, is God’s tool to move forward and allow us to connect with people and share the gospel.

Peter Holtz:

The internally displaced, they have no access to any health care. They probably left their home in a hurry. They left all their medications behind. There are chronic illnesses that need to be addressed as they pass through Ukraine. So we’re really providing that level of care that’s currently lacking in the country.

IrinaResident of Kyiv:

We were finally able to get the necessary medication [for my husband], and I now have hope that we will achieve safety in this fight for life. That’s what I call this year: a fight for life.

Dr. Laura Douglas-BeveridgeSamaritan’s Purse:

This is an opportunity for my faith in action. I feel like if there’s something in our hand that we can offer, whether it’s something that feels very small or very big, when someone is hurting, we stand with that person. So, anywhere in the world, if there’s a need that we can meet, then I want to be part of the fulfillment.

Kim Wiebe, RNSamaritan’s Purse:

It’s a quarter to three in the morning. We are under the train tracks at Lviv station. This is the closest place to the station clinic where you can take shelter during air raids. We were taking care of a patient when it happened. He felt very, very sick. We immediately did what we could to help him, brought him here with us. It happens almost every night. It sometimes takes two or three hours before the green light is given. This is my fourth night here in Lviv working at the station clinic, and every night we had to come here at least once.

Pierre Holz [praying in group]:

Lord, we have just raised the country of Ukraine to You. And we just pray for the protection of this country, Lord, the protection of this tent at this station, Lord. May he stay safe here for us and for all the people who cycle in and out of here every day, Father. Touch our hearts today. Give us the strength, motivation and compassion to care for these people as they come in and go out, Father. Give the night shift the strength to persevere in really difficult situations, Father. We just thank You for the grace and love that You show. We are so happy to be Your children. In your name, Amen.

Peter Holtz:

We believe that Jesus wants us to act like the Good Samaritan. When you see someone in the world struggling, hurting, stop. Help them. Don’t let them. See them through their problem. We feel that we are called to be here to help the Ukrainian people or during any disaster in the world.

Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical relief to suffering people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine in an effort to share God’s love through His Son, Jesus- Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Response Team (DART) is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disasters. We are ready to respond at any time, whenever disaster strikes and wherever it occurs. DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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