February
23
2021
Responding to Crisis in Artsakh

In November a ceasefire imposed by Russia ended a 44-day war between Azerbaijan and Turkey over the Republic of Artsakh, or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

 

There are three churches in Artsakh connected with our Newfrontiers family, two in the main city of Stepanakert and another in a small village. People have trickled back to Artsakh since the ceasefire and, praise God, the churches are meeting again already. It is a devastated territory where many atrocities have been committed. Many families lost men in the war, many lost their homes and they are having to start their lives again from scratch. Despite the Russian peace-keeping force it is still a very dangerous place and we need to pray for our brothers and sisters over there, including church members from the city of Shusha (the second largest city of Artsakh, currently under the control of occupying forces), many of whom have as many as five to ten children.

 

At the end of last year New Ground was pleased to be part of a wider Newfrontiers family response to support our brothers and sisters in Artsakh and stand with them. We were able to send a donation of £2,500 through the charity CRY, Care and Relief for the Young. Altogether Newfrontiers spheres and churches donated almost £30,600. Church members were provided with food, clothing, means of transport (a Mitsubishi Outlander for Arayik, a church elder in Stepanakert), home appliances, furniture, household items, firewood, medicine, etc.  For many families the support provided by Newfrontiers has been their only means of survival during this period. The churches in Stepanakert were provided with overhead projectors, laptops and piano keyboards. They have been able to relaunch their regular meetings and are very much involved in serving families with children affected by the war.  For example, on 6 January 2021 the youth held a Christmas event and gave away gift boxes to about 50 children who had lost their parents in the war.  Many families testified that this event was the only enjoyment the children had experienced since the war began.

 

Thank you so much for your generosity, which allowed us to give generously to those in need in this awful situation.  Together we can impact communities around the world and demonstrate the love of God, our Provider.