A call to prayer for Ukraine has led 90.9 KCBI and Texas Baptist Men, a Christian disaster relief organization, to partner in ministering to refugees at a church shelter in Lviv, West Ukraine.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, KCBI’s Kelly Corday and Bethany Lindsay immediately recognized the need to call KCBI listeners to prayer. “Our listener likely woke up to a zillion ‘PRAY FOR UKRAINE’ graphics in her social feed,” said Kelly, KCBI’s Program Director. “She’s asking, ‘What’s this all about? What do I do? How should I pray?’”
Texas Baptist Men reached out, asking KCBI to partner in putting up a church shelter in West Ukraine for war refugees, providing food, water, clothing, blankets and Bibles. Ten thousand dollars would finance one shelter.
“Because of the generosity of our listeners, we were able to immediately commit $10,000,” said Bethany, KCBI’s Director of Donor Relations. “We decided to devote a day on air to pray for Ukraine and offer listeners the opportunity to match that $10,000 to multiply Texas Baptist Men’s efforts.”
God moved on KCBI’s Day of Hope: One Day. One Church. One Mission. Thursday, March 3. The response was nothing short of remarkable. Listeners tripled the $10,000 goal, allowing KCBI to send a total of $40,000 to further Texas Baptist Men’s ministry to Ukrainian refugees fleeing through Lviv and along the Polish border.
“God worked in an amazing way through KCBI,” said Mickey Lenamon, Texas Baptist Men Executive Director/CEO. “We are blown away and incredibly thankful for the
support. Because of the overwhelming generosity of the KCBI family, families will have meals to eat. Parents will have someone to pray with. Children will have safe places to rest their heads. Most importantly, Ukrainians will know God loves every one of them.”
And that’s not all. KCBI’s Sonny Delfyette is traveling with Texas Baptist Men to Warsaw to tell the stories of how God is working through listeners’ gifts as part of a KCBI mini- documentary, “One Week Near Warsaw.”
“Sonny’s willingness to make his way to Poland to help tell the stories of how God is working because of prayer and provision from our listeners, is courageous,” Kelly said. “We ask you to pray for his protection, and for that of Texas Baptist Men.”