LEXINGTON, Ky. — Many Kentucky communities continue to show their support for the Ukrainian people during the war-igniting Russian invasion.
Christian Mission Ebenezer (CME) plans to ship the goods they have collected from the Lexington community to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
Alex Chubaruk is the father of six children and husband of his wife Larisa Chubaruk. In 1999, the journey of the Chubaruks from Sosnivka, Ukraine to Lexington began when Alex’s grandfather founded Christian Mission Ebenezer (CME). The Chubaruks practically grew up with a Ukrainian Bible in hand from birth.
“The verse I live by is found in Proverbs 3:5, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” Chubaruk said.
Not a day goes by that Chubaruk doesn’t read an Anglo-Ukrainian parallel bible, which he says his community urged him to sell at the CME Bookstore. The bibles and books are all part of the CME which is affiliated with the Ukrainian Pentecostal Church of Nicholasville. Currently, CME has 30 missionaries in Ukraine and that is why, as president, Chubaruk donates 100% of the profits from his books to his home country, Ukraine.
“They have nothing. They left everything they could take with them. That’s all they could do. So today is such a great need. These people need something. They need clothes, they need a place to stay, they need food to stay alive,” Chubaruk said.
Chubaruk says many of his missionaries’ facilities have turned into sleeping and hiding places. One of them is an area where Chubaruk’s uncle is, because of that his location is not disclosed.
“We wanted him gone and our uncle is a bishop and he’s like I can’t leave my flock, someone has to stay here,” Chubaruk said.
The United Nations reports that nearly 4 million Ukrainians are expected to flee their home country and resettle in various other countries, including Poland and the United States of America. That’s why the father of six called on the Lexington community to donate items to the refugees.
Diapers, rice and other non-perishable items are unloaded by CME volunteers. It is placed in Helen, Andrey Yadlovskiy’s family garage in Nicholasville, ready to be shipped to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
“We see all these people opening their hearts and we are happy to open our hearts too,” said Helen Yadlovskiy.
“At the end of this war, I hope there will be a country to say this is where my parents are from,” Chubaruk said.
Chubaruk hopes the Ukraine he knows and loves won’t be erased for the next generation. CME says they hope to send the donations as soon as possible. If you would like to donate items, accepted items are listed here. Donations can all be dropped off at 4371 Old Harrodsburg Rd, Suite 120 in Lexington.