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Churches form partnership to fund Ukrainian relief

Posted on June 16, 2022

Updated on June 17, 2022

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ROCKY MOUNT — Lakeside Baptist Church is paring with Košice Baptist Church in Slovakia to provide relief services to Ukrainian refugees.

The partnership plan, developed and led by Jody Wright, Lakeside’s senior minister, links support from the Rocky Mount area with relief efforts underway at the church in Košice, located approximately 80 miles from the border with Ukraine. 

Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Millions of Ukrainians have fled their country leading to a refugee crisis. The Košice mission site is a place of welcome and comfort where refugees fleeing their war-torn country can find rest, food and transportation assistance as they seek to rebuild their lives, re-locate or find long-term accommodations elsewhere, said organizer Lela Chesson, a member of Lakeside Church.

“The church houses 30 people at a time, and many of its members have taken refugees into their homes,” Chesson said. “The ministry is now expanding to include the shipping of food and supplies to the border to be transported by individuals to besieged towns and cities.”

Expansion of services also focuses on transportation for people traveling to and from the border and for ministers and chaplains offering help and hope to those in need.  

More than $18,000 in contributions from Lakeside and the Rocky Mount area has already been directed to the Košice mission site. Additional donations will aid in expansion of the mission services, Chesson said.

Individuals, groups and organizations may contribute by visiting the “Give” page on the Lakeside website, www.lakesidechurchrmt.org, and choosing the Ukrainian Relief fund. Also, contributions may be mailed to Lakeside Church, 1501 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, NC, 27804. 

Mark donations as “Ukrainian Relief: Slovakia.”

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