Field Personnel / Newsroom / refugees / Ukraine 2022

CBF’s Baxley on Russian bombing of Village of Hope in Kyiv

By Paul Baxley, CBF Executive Coordinator

Today our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family grieves the news that the property of Village of Hope in Kyiv, Ukraine, was bombed by the Russian military. For nearly 20 years, our Fellowship family has joined with Gennady and Mina Podgaisky and partners in Ukraine to establish and grow this beautiful ministry. We are heartbroken to know of this devastating damage in a senseless act of violence.

We are relieved to know that no one was in the property at the time of the attack and that most of those served by Village of Hope are now out of Kyiv. But we know fleeing home to seek safety is also a devastating consequence of this war. So, we pray for families on the run, and we pray for wisdom for leaders around the world who are seeking ways to bring this war to an end.

I ask all Cooperative Baptists to join me in praying for all who suffer at the hands of Russian aggression. Pray for those who have been served and strengthened in love by Village of Hope. Pray for and with our friends Gennady and Mina. Pray that in these days Baptists in Ukraine can join with other believers in offering a witness to a hope even in the face of violence and death.”


Would you consider a financial contribution to CBF’s Ukraine Relief Fund? Give today at The fund provides relief to those served by CBF field personnel Gennady and Mina Podgaisky and other CBF field personnel and ministry partners across Europe as Ukrainians flee the invasion of their country into other nations.  

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