The personal connections that we in Cornwall, and indeed in our parish, have with the war in Ukraine serve to remind us of our bonds with our brothers and sisters in Christ, everywhere. Dr Matthew Barber, son of Tony, left a few weeks ago to start a voluntary placement with UK Med in Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine near the Romanian border.
He is there with a team of English volunteers providing primary health care, from mobile clinics, to refugees from the Eastern war zone. His patients are mainly children and the elderly; many are suffering from psychological stress resulting from their experiences.
Matthew says: “Ukraine is a lovely country, with nice friendly people. The only problem is that I am a vegetarian. They cannot understand that, but are very accommodating”.
We hope our readers will join us in sending Matthew our best wishes and prayers.