Rockford Church Collects Donations for Sister Church in Ukraine
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – As the war on Ukraine continues, a local church is stepping up its efforts to support its sister church and all Ukrainians.
Pastor Peter Dibley of First Covenant Church Rockford said so far the pastor in Ukraine is still there, but his family has been evacuated to Poland. Rockford Church has now become a donation hug, asking for medical and baby supplies.
“As you pray, pray that Putin’s heart will be softened at some point, that there will be a miracle, that his mind will be changed,” Dibley said.
Church worshipers gathered around the Ukrainian flag, hoping and praying for peace in the country.
“If many of us can come together, we can do more good as a unit than we can individually, but it takes each individual part,” Dibley said.
Dibley said their church continues its efforts to support Ukraine, with a sister church not far from Kyiv, the nation’s capital.
“We also had a dedication day or collection day here at the church,” Dibley said. “So we took another donation of finances, but also for people to bring in medical supplies and baby supplies.”
The pastor of First Covenant’s sister church is unable to leave, but his wife and child have evacuated, according to Dibley. An urgent situation for the family, which has a son with special needs.
“They were sheltering in their root cellar and their son started having breathing issues,” Dibley said. “They were able to travel to a medical facility in Poland for their son to receive medical treatment.”
Dibley gets emotional hearing these first-hand survival stories.
“Families that have been broken up…I don’t know what I would be like if I had to leave my wife and two daughters,” he said.
Ukraine needs support more than ever, according to Dibley.
“So wherever you are, whatever kind of help you can provide, now is the time,” he said. “It is now.”
Donations can be dropped off at the church, 316 Wood Rd. A full list of donations is available on the Rockford Area Christian Ukraine Relief Effort Facebook page.