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East Peoria church helps provide aid to Ukrainian refugees

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 9:23 PM CDT
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EAST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - It has been more than a month since Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, support and aid has flooded into the region to help Ukrainian refugees. Now, an East Peoria church is also making sure they make an impact.

Dozens of boxes full of aid were unpacked in Moldova for Ukrainian refugees. It’s direct relief from Summit Point Church in East Peoria.

“They’re really the point person, we’re the facilitator and financer in some of that and then obviously praying for them along the way,” said Senior Pastor Tim Harkness.

Harkness said the East Peoria church has donated about $7,500 to a church in Moldova, which borders Ukraine.

“At this point, they’re now somewhere between 500 and 1000 refugees coming in per day into the country of Moldova,” Harkness continued, “So this church just playing a little part in caring there and being able to care at the border as well.”

The money went toward food, clothing and shelter for people who needed support after they crossed the border. Harkness said Summit Point is driven by its faith to care for other people and their needs, even across the globe.

“As a ministry that we can be able to take some funds as God has blessed us, so we can then pass those on,” said Missions Pastor Steve McGinnis.

McGinnis said after their parish saw the impact made others wanted to join to give more.

“We’ve had a number of folks that have reached out and said hey what are some ways we can help out with that and we’ve been able to direct those into the right spots as well,” said McGinnis.

Now, McGinnis and Harkness said they are working with other churches to see what they can do next.

“As of late what we’re hearing is it is continuing and maybe even getting a little worse as far as the refugees, so next steps are being talked through,” said Harkness.

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