MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Pastor Tim Guerino from the Martinsburg Union Rescue is preparing to return to Ukraine and continue providing aid to the war-torn country.
Guerino said the work being done in Ukraine is just like the work the Rescue Mission is doing in Martinsburg.
“We’re helping people that are in crisis, we’re helping people that are in need with shelter and the gospel and that’s what we do every day here. We’re just going to take it and we’re doing it globally now with Ukraine,” Guerino said.
The aid provides benefits in both the short and long term, according to Guerino.
“Sometimes it’s instant gratification where they thank you and hug you and cry over you and then it’s long-term where you see housing, you see people getting help, the water filtration going in,” he said.
One of the goals of this trip is to help develop a more stable support system for Ukrainian refugees.
“We’re going to be meeting with officials over there to set-up a permanent site for the refugees to come in, mostly women and children. So they come in and get help,” Guerino said.
Part of the aid being provided will be a water filtration system for people still living in the war zone.
“We’re going to take a water filtration system into the front and we’re going to take aid into the front and when I say the front it’s the actual war zone,” he said.
Guerino aid that any donations coming for this trip go directly into providing aid.
Guerino went to Ukraine back in 2022 and chronicled his experiences on the Panhandle News Network.
“Every penny you give for me to go over there is going to people,” Guerino said. “It builds the bridge for me to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.”