Although Ukraine and Uganda are worlds away from Albuquerque, one local church has not forgotten about the children in those troubled lands.
Calvary Church’s Reload Love ministry will host its annual “Love Bomb” weekend, Feb. 11-12, with the goal of raising $150,000 to feed 1,400 children in Ukraine and Uganda daily for a year — about 514,000 meals.
“Every meal provides one day of foundational, sustaining nutrition, and every meal helps arm a child with hope,” said Reload Love founder Lenya Heitzig in a news release.
Donations can be made during regular church services or they can be donated online at reloadlove.com.
Millions of children are currently caught in the crossfire of a nearly yearlong conflict in Ukraine and a decade-long civil war in South Sudan, said Heitzig.
“While ethnic factions vie for control, 1.2 million South Sudanese people have fled to neighboring Uganda, triggering a hunger crisis made worse by the interruption of Ukraine’s grain production, which typically feeds people in some of the world’s poorest nations. Meanwhile, children in Ukraine face a hunger crisis of their own as Russia continues its unprovoked assault,” the news release said.
One hundred percent of donations given to Reload Love during Love Bomb weekend will help bring spiritual, emotional, and physical healing to children caught in the crossfire, Heitzig said.
In 2022, Love Bomb raised more than $91,800 for the Afghan Refugee Care Project.