The National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) is gravely concerned about the unimaginable loss of lives and growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. We are joining with the World Council of Churches, World Methodist Council and Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church in urging both Ukraine and Russia to immediately stop this war, and denounce any and every use of deadly armed force to resolve disputes that could be resolved by peaceful dialogue.
We stand with our fellow United Methodists in Ukraine— its pastors, leaders and congregations, praying for their courage, hope and resilience. And we pray that this ongoing conflict “will not break the unity between United Methodists in Ukraine and Russia.”
Finally, we urge all churches to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) humanitarian response in Ukraine by celebrating UMCOR Sunday and making generous gifts to Advance #982450.
This season of Lent, we urge fellow Christians and churches in diaspora to join us in praying for peace and security for the people of Ukraine and the region.
Rev. Edgar De Jesus