From left to right: Tytus Gudzowski, Ryszard Jankowski, and Andrzej Mikołajczyk.

June 16, 2022

Illinois leaders help war refugees in Poland and Ukraine

A delegation from Poland on their way to the General Conference Session made a stop in Chicago to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Dr. John Grys, the acting President of the Illinois Conference invited a group of church and lay leaders from Poland to discuss the continuation of humanitarian work for Ukrainian war refugees who came to Poland. There are over 3.5 million Ukrainian war refugees in Poland.

The visiting group led by Pastor Ryszard Jankowski shared inspiring stories of human care for women, children, and elderly who came to Poland from Ukraine to search for shelter and safety. They invited the continued cooperation of governmental agencies, churches, and non-governmental agencies.

Mariusz Radosh, an IT expert, and his wife Maria, a physical therapist, have been helping many war refugees in Poznan far away from the Ukrainian-Poland border as part of the volunteers who have been raising money, collecting food, medical supplies and delivering them for refugees every single day. Even during their visit in the United States they think, talk, communicate with their friends about continuing services for refugees. Many churches, community rooms, sport venues and others have been used as temporary shelters.

Andrzej Sicinski, lawyer, editor, and pastor, has been using his skills to promote programs and services for people in need, helping to resolve different legal issues, assist with searching for new places for schools, daycare centers for youth and children from Ukraine.

Ron Aguilera, former Illinois Conference president, was very supportive of efforts to mobilize churches and individuals to support humanitarian work for Ukraine since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Please continue to pray for Ukraine. To find out how you can help, contact the Illinois Conference, or visit


Andrew Andrzej Mikolajczy is a Chicago radio host and member of the Polish Church in Chicago.