St Catherine’s congregation hands out food and other relief goods
(LWI) - As Russian missiles continue to rain on cities in Ukraine, local churches do what they can to support those affected by the war. On a hilltop in the Kyiv city center sits the Church of Saint Catherine, home to a Lutheran congregation tracing back to the late 1700s, and today gathering some 350 members.
The congregation, one of 18 of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) – an LWF member church since June 2022 – is one that bears witness to the pain caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and who is hard at work supporting people in need.
"The war has brought the community together”
When Russia started shelling the city again, the missiles also hit a storage facility for humanitarian aid provided to GELCU by another LWF member church, the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic. The storage was damaged, with one person dead and several others injured at the site, says Lidija Tselsdorf, head of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Catherine in Kyiv.