UBTS Responds to the Crisis in Ukraine

With the invasion of Russian forces into Ukraine, Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary (UBTS) has halted classes and is now using all of its facilities to provide humanitarian aid to people who are fleeing west to L’viv – most of them women and children. UBTS volunteers are caring for their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs by providing food, shelter, medical care, clothing, and relocation assistance, as well as prayer and counseling. Members of the UBTS team in other Ukrainian cities (Uzhhorod, Chernivtsi, Rivne, and Zakarpattia) and in Poland, have also provided aid to more than 4,500 people in those areas.

UBTS also has become a hub for receiving essential supplies, including food, first aid kits, and diapers and is distributing them to other cities in Ukraine where the need is greatest.

In a new relief effort, UBTS will continue to assist Ukrainians after their arrival in Poland. The UBTS team is establishing a refugee reintegration center there to provide trauma counseling and other aid to help Ukrainians resettle in Poland and other European countries. They also will teach Ukrainians how to share the gospel with others who need its message of hope and salvation. 

In this moment of crisis, UBTS is a trusted partner, capable of providing this essential relief and committed to serving Christ
by serving others. 


Refugees served by UBTS in L’viv
(through June)


Ukrainians aided by UBTS students/alumni outside L’viv (through June)


Metric tons of humanitarian aid provided to 10 regions in Ukraine (through June)


Meal-equivalents provided
(through June)


European countries where UBTS students/graduates serve

How to Help

We need your prayers and support!

Use the button below to make a secure, online gift to the UBTS Emergency Fund. Every dollar will be used to meet the needs that emerge from this crisis.
For gifts from outside of the United States, please use the TrustBridge Donate Now button below.

To make a gift by check, payable to UPF, send by USPS to the following address:

Ukraine Partnership Foundation
PO Box 671
Chesterfield, MO 63006-0671

If sending by another carrier (i.e. UPS or FedEx) please use this address:

Chesterfield Post Office
16105 Swingley Ridge Rd #671
Chesterfield, MO 63017-9998

Text to Give Toll-Free Number:
(844) 929-2176
Text: GIVE Amount WAR
UPF also can accept gifts by Electronic Funds Transfer or Wire, as well as gifts of Securities. For more information on these options, please contact us at: info@upfmissions.org

More about the UBTS response

UPF Email Updates

UPF has sent regular email updates about UBTS relief efforts. Links to this week’s message are posted here.

May 25: UBTS students return to tell their stories

May 16: “Our life will never be as it was before Feb. 24”

May 10: See what a gift of $36 will do!

May 4: Encouraging the encouragers

April 28: Your support brings hope and help

Messages from previous weeks are posted in the archive listing below. If you would like to receive email updates, please join the UPF mailing list by clicking here.

April 17
Easter Greetings from UBTS

April 14
Trauma at the train station

April 9
UBTS students serving on the front lines of war

April 7
Stories from the front lines of war

April 4
UBTS President’s message about the genocide in Bucha, Ukraine

March 31
A new mother’s story of trauma and hope

March 28
33 Days of War: UBTS finds hearts open to hear the Gospel

March 26
UBTS marks a month of war: Stories & Values

March 24
UBTS: Relief expands throughout Ukraine and in Poland

March 21
UBTS Aid continues and expands

UBTS Video Updates

Since the first day of the Russian invasion into Ukraine, Slavik Pyzh, president of UBTS, and his staff have provided regular video updates about their work to shelter and assist war refugees. You can view all of these videos in a dedicated Vimeo channel.

Latest Video

Media Reports

A number of media outlets have reported on the relief work underway at UBTS. You can read or view those reports in the links below.

Two Women on Front Lines in Ukraine Talk About Helping Women and Children
Interview with UBTS Staff – Iryna Los and Ilona Kadatska


St. Louisans Helping Fund Charity Assisting Women and Children Fleeing Ukrainian War Zone
Interview with UBTS President Slavik Pyzh and Joe Privott, President of UPF


Winston-Salem organization helping Ukrainians escape warzone
Interview with UBTS President Slavik Pyzh and Scott Reed, UPF Board Member


Invasion, and subsequent humanitarian crisis, has Ukrainian students on tenterhooks
Interview with UBTS President Slavik and his daughter, Aliya Pyzh

‘Miracle from God’ needed, Ukrainian Baptist leader, Southwestern alum, says
Interview with UBTS President Slavik Pyzh


“We still have a strong hope that God will deliver us from this evil.
Please pray for a miracle. Today we need a miracle.”

Slavik Pyzh, President of UBTS