Ukraine Christian Partnership (“UCP”) was originally an informal group made up of members mainly from two churches, Holy Trinity Claygate and United Reformed Church Petersfield, but became an independent UK registered charity in 2011. We have been working in the Transcarpathia region of Ukraine for over 15 years focusing on building a partnership with a group of small villages near both the Romanian and Hungarian borders.
Our aim has been to provide sustainable support for these communities on the edge of Ukraine (just outside the EU) which have suffered tremendously over the years from the politics played in the region – with numerous boundary changes such that they have been in 5 different countries in the last 100 years (but in the same villages).
Working through the local pastors and officials we try to provide year-round support although we have 2 main immersive visits to the villages – in the winter and then (the much larger) summer mission.
Our trustees and helpers are all volunteers – no one claims a salary – but the appreciation and hospitality we receive from staying with the people we serve in Ukraine is overwhelming to all of us – and makes us want to come back year after year; both to serve but also to revisit the friends we make there.