Latest News & Information
7/5/23 We are planning what we do for our Summer Mission in August to the 3 villages we support in Transcarpathia in Western Ukraine.
We have some flights booked already so that we take advantage of cheaper pricing but are not sure what the programme looks like yet. The war is still too uncertain to plan too much but we are doing what we can and will try and take as many people over as possible and work out how best to offer support whilst there.
Please continue your fundraising efforts to allow us to help whereever we can.
9/4/23 Thank you to everyone involved in the 2 events that happened recently. We really appreciate all the effort and both evenings went very well and lots of people had a great time.
We told our friends in Ukraine about the events and they were thrilled to think that there is still concern and support for them. They are very touched, knowing that they are not forgotten.
12/3/23 COMING UP ....... here are details of 2 events coming up in the run up to Easter. Get your diaries out and make it a date so that you can have a great evening and help raise funds for UCP to allow us continue supporting people in Ukriane.
Friday 24th March 7.30pm (ticket only from £18)
Ukrainian Women's Choir "Two Colours" with Hugh Bonneville
Venue: Churcher's College, Petersfield. GU31 4AS
(tickets must be bought in advance; money raised is for a medical evacuation vehicle)
Buy tickets online:
Wednesday 5th April 7.30pm (free entry)
"Lent Music for Ukraine" The Free Radicals
Venue: St Peter's Church, Petersfield.
Put these dates in your diary and please come along and support one or both events. Thank you.
12/3/23 Last night (Saturday) saw a wonderful "Concert for Peace" from The Petersfield Choir at St Peter's Church, Petersfield. Funds were raised for UCP and we want to thank everyone involved for their ongoing support. It was a wonderful night and there are a few more coming up in Petersfield in the next few weeks ..... watch out for more news here about them.
7/2/23 Some of our team have just got back from the Winter Mission to our 3 villages in the south west of Ukraine: the Transcapathia region.
It was great to visit our friends in person and see first hand some of the hardships they are dealing with. Power cuts continue to happen throughout the day and there is an strong feeling of despair over the situation with the war. A large part of the despair is the uncertainty of the future and that so many men from the villages have been taken to fight. Those who have not yet been served draft papers live in daily/hourly fear; shared by their families and friends too.
Despite this we were shown wonderful hospitality and we were able to spend time praying and meeting key people to see how best we can continue to support them now and in the future.
They all wanted us to bring back and share with you their heartfelt thanks for not forgetting them and for all the prayers and financial support. So many times we heard messages of love and gratitude for UCP's help and the difference it is making in their lives and gives them a hope for the future.
News & Information
6/1/23 This weekend sees the celebration of Christmas in the Eastern Othodox Church in Ukraine. We celebrate this with you and pray for peace and a return to brotherly/sisterly love to all people.
We hope that the year ahead can allow UCP continue in its plans to support and our friends in Ukraine and especially the areas we have been supporting in the past.
There is an ongoing need for finance to allow us to do the work we do and we thank you in advance for your generosity so we can continue to use your gifts to touch the hearts and lives of those who recieve it.
We would like to wish all our supporters and all our friends in Ukraine a blessed and peaceful New Year. Ii was a different Christmas time this year due to the ongoing conflict and the effects on the infrasturcture throughout the country. However, nothing can deflect from the joyous celebration of Christ's birth and the hope it gives us all for today and tomorrow.
All the Trustees from UCP would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts throughout the year, whether it be in donations, prayer or by encouraging others to support us. We cannot do what we do without your support and we are truely grateful. We will endeavour to use your generosity for His glory and to help our brothers and sisters, along with others whose lives we touch, endure what 2023 has to bring. We long for peace and an end to conflict, along with a return to some sort of normality for everyone; especially in Transcarpathia and the Kherson region.
18/11/22 We welcome the news that there has been some success in pushing back the Russian army in some key areas. There is still a huge need as the winter approaches, especially as bombs are still being sent into Ukraine targeting the energy infrastructure.
Also, one of the villages we visit in the Transcarpathian region in the west suffered an arson attack a few weeks ago. Several villagers houses were targetted along with the Church Bell Tower. Some of the houses were completely gutted by the fire.
We have sent money to help support the various families to rebuild and manage until they can get back to some degree of normality.
15/11/22 A huge thank you to Duddingston Kirk who raised over £1000 at their Craft Fair on 5th November. Your incredible hard work and the generosity of everyone who donated will help ensure more lives are touched and help is given where it is needed.
Thank you from all at UCP.
26/10/22 Are you close to Edinburgh in Scotland on ........
Bonfire Day 5th November!!!
If you are then go along to Duddingston Kirk Hall between 12noon and 4pm to visit the Craft Fair. It looks like it is going to be a great event. The proceeds are being given to us to help support the work we are doing in Kherson and our other villages.
We are so grateful to the people at Duddingston Kirk and all our supports for the prayers and finincial help that helps us do what we can to bring some comfort and love to those in Ukraine. Thank you.
11/10/22 Despite the conflict showing no signs of coming to an end we are still planning to continue our regular missions to Transcarpathia in 2023.
The covid situation and now the conflict means that we have not been able to visit for several years now.
Plans are well advanced for a Winter Mission early in Feb 2023. Plans for a Summer Mission are also taking shape.
01/10/22 With the conflict causing higher energy prices and the prospects of a harsh winter there is great concern how people in the areas we support will be able to heat their homes and be able to cook their meals.
For the 3 villages we have links with in Transcarpathia, in the west of Ukraine, we have sent financial support for them to buy large quantities of wood at cheaper, summer prices. These are being stock piled and will be distributed to those in need when the cold, winter weather hits.
This is just one way that we are working with our trusted partners on the ground to use the money that we are given both in Transcarpathia and the Kherson region.
Thank you to everyone who is praying and giving to support our efforts and helping us try to make a difference.
20/09/22 As the situation in Kherson escalates we have taken the decision to blur the faces of supporters and beneficiaries in this region in order to protect their identity.
As the Russian Army continue to carry out house to house searches, including searching through social media, our photographic updates are becomming a security risk for our contacts. We will endeavour to keep our news updated as much as possible but our primary focus is keeping our support lines open and safe.
04/07/22 22.42 hrs (GMT) - Kherson locals believe it is highly likely they will see more fighting. Our partners are now working on an initiative to prepare supplies and shelters for this eventuality. We will bring you an update on this initiative and how we may be able to assist as soon as we have more information.
28/06/22 08.45 hrs (GMT) - We have managed to have a short zoom meeting with our contacts in Kherson. The situation continues to worsen with russian military presence and control making life increasingly challenging - even taking pictures is very risky as the russian miltary carry out many stop and searches including looking through peoples phones.
Our support and prayers for our partners continue
12/04/22 11.30 hrs (GMT) - We continue to be in contact with our people on the ground and the situation is still very difficult as they cope with the conflict. They want to pass on their greateful thanks to all who have donated money and kept them in their thoughts and prayers.
Money is still needed for the refugees they are looking afer and we have also set up a "Hardship Fund" that can be used for local villagers who are not receiving money in pensions, salaries etc.
14/03/22 16.30 hrs (GMT) - We have just had some new photos arrive, along with this incredible video from the villages. You will see our good friend Mayor Josef addressing us in the video.
The girl who did the translation on the video is from one of the families that we regularly stay with during the Summer Mission and she said this .....
"We are still at home, and my parents too. ..............A lot of people left Transcarpathia. But thanks to God, it is still safe here, although the air signal warning was heard this morning. There are lots of refugees in our school too. We are teaching online, so our students are at home."
09/03/22 17.00 hrs (GMT) - We have been in regular contact with the local Mayor and Pastors in the area we support and the 5 refugee centres are being setup. They are using the money we have sent as part of our initial funding to ensure that they can be ready to support the refugees. The centres are filling up fast and they want us to pass on their grateful thanks for the support; being on the ground they can use our funds quickly and effectively in the right areas.
We are hoping to have some updated photographs of what they are achieving soon.
03/03/22 11.30 hrs (GMT) - There was an evening of prayer and reflection at Holy Trinity Church Claygate (HTC) last night which included a live video call with our partners on the ground in the villages we support. They spoke passionately about the current conflict and the effect it is having in the area and their need for help financially and in prayer. The evening was very well attended both in person and those joining via the live Zoom link HTC has been using to broadcast services during the pandemic. Patrick (Vicar at HTC) launched the HTC Easter Appeal which is raising funds for UCP for us to use with our partners on the ground.
28/02/22 17.45 hrs (GMT) - We have been talking to the local administrator in the area today, they are setting up buildings as refugee centres. We should have more images and information tomorrow.
Preparations for Mission 2022
We are currently assembling a team of people keen to help with children, youth and the community as well as the medical mission leaving for Ukraine in early August 2022. We mainly recruit from the UK and Hungary but other nationalities are welcome as well. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining us so we can give you more details.
All of our preparations are reliant on being able to travel, if the Covid and the current war situation allows.
Winter Mission 2020
Our Winter Mission team left for the villages in Transcapathia on Thursday 6th Feb for a long weekend of bible study with the elders from all 3 villages. This was a great opportunity for us to spend time with the Elders who were very busy working in the summer and we do not see them very much during the Summer Mission. This year we did a study entitled "40 Days with Jesus" where we delivered 6 talks followed by breakout discussion groups. We were lucky enough to get some snow and had our traditional snow ball fight (or two) .... The UK is still winning this annual "competition". We were grateful for your prayer and look forward ot our next winter mission.