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A haven for Ukrainian refugees in Pericei, Romania


MANY OF THOSE ‘ON THE FRONT LINE’ ARE UNDER TREMENDOUS STRESS, AND ARE SEEING THE EFFECTS ON THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY STAY ON DUTY ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG (See Anna’s case below, for example). The men involved are pastors, trying to find time to prepare to minister well, and they and their wives are in a cycle of care-giving that is not really sustainable. We are beginning to hear of their children feeling the emotional pressure of all this. We must stand with them in prayer; as a mission we have an especially-significant duty of care towards our workers at the moment.

A group of orphans and their carers have been staying in the church in Pericei, Romania, where Pál and Anna Borzási, alongside their church members, are offering hospitality and care.

Exhausted refugees from Ukraine arrive recuperate in Romania

These are some photos of this group (their faces deleted, for privacy reasons). They had travelled from war-ravaged Eastern Ukraine right across the country in the van shown, and arrived exhausted, but immensely happy to be in a warm, safe home, complete with hugs, hot nourishing food, and a clean bed.

On a Sunday night, after the arrival of these precious little guests, with all the preparation that that entailed, Anna had not finished her day’s work. She sent an urgent message asking us to pray for a very desperate elderly lady, who had travelled hundreds of miles across Ukraine, and had arrived at last in Hungary, but wasn’t allowed into Romania to be reunited with her son (a guest in the Borzási’s home/church). Many late-night phone calls were made, and at least this woman(her name is Rita) found a bed for the night, and at last arrived at the Borzási family home two days later. The very young refugees, the very old refugees … they all have tragic tales to tell. And the people who are opening wide their arms, their homes, their hearts, need care and prayer too.


Prayer Points

Pray that:

  • those taking refuge in the Pericei church members' houses and with the Borzási household will find peace and restoration.
  • the non-Christian families and individuals may see Christ and understand the Gospel while they are there as guests.
  • the pressures of caring for so many needy people will not take their toll on the health of Pál, Anna, and their children.