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Originally from Ukraine, Alex came to the United States when he was 18. While he is now an American citizen, his sister is still in the war-torn country, helping refugees get to safety from her church in the central Ukraine.
“I know what she’s going through and it’s hard to watch it all on the news,” Alex said. “I thought, ‘I work for a mission-driven ministry,’ and I wondered how we could be part of a concrete effort to help my homeland.”
He contacted local Mercy leaders, who reached out to Mercy’s strategic supply chain. They worked with Convoy of Hope, an international relief organization based in Springfield, Mo., to identify the most-needed medical and surgical supplies. Once the supplies were gathered and wrapped for transport, Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese came to the warehouse to bless the shipment. He asked for God’s protection during transport, and that the supplies be used as instruments of His mercy.
On Friday, Alex gathered with his family, pastors from his church, Mercy leaders and local media to watch as the 13 pallets of supplies were loaded on to a Convoy of Hope truck. He said, “I cannot bear arms but I can lift my hands in prayer to bring awareness. It came together amazingly.”