Ukrainian American Community of North Texas Calls for Financial and Spiritual Support for Ukraine – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

By all accounts, St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church is a small congregation that now has a big mission.

On Sunday, The Colony Greek Orthodox Church held its first service since Russia began an invasion of Ukraine four days ago.

Volodymyr Chernylo came to the service with his wife and two young children. He is from Ukraine, his wife is from Russia.

“The only way right now is to go pray,” Chernylo said. “Pray for peace, pray for the people over there on the other side.”

After the service, around 40 people gathered outside the church for additional prayers and unity as they sang the Ukrainian national anthem.

Chrystya Geremesz of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas said support and awareness for Ukraine has been overwhelming in recent days and hopes the focus and focus will not wane.

“We must continue to do what we can humanitarianally, financially and spiritually,” Geremesz said.

USAT gave the most signs of support with a version of “Stand up with Ukraine” – others were more direct in denouncing Russia and its autocratic leader Vladimir Putin.

Geremesz adds that any support is great, but asks neighbors in northern Texas to offer direct financial assistance through nonprofit organizations that can bring funds to Ukraine. All of this will help aid what many fear may not be a short-lived invasion.

Iryna Shevchuk’s in-laws are still in Ukraine. His young daughter Natalia says she spoke to her grandparents in western Ukraine earlier on Sunday, but she is worried.

“Ukraine doesn’t deserve this, the whole thing doesn’t deserve any of this,” Shevchuk said.

The leader of Hagia Sophia, the Reverend Pavlo Popov, said on Sunday that he too was encouraged by the rallying of European countries to the United States opposed to Putin and the invasion.

“The whole world stands together,” Popov said. “There is truth, there is light, there is hope. God is with us, who can oppose us?

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