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Courage at the 2022 European Pregnancy Help Leaders Summit

by Andrea Trudden, Vice President of Communications & MarketingUkraine
Heartbeat International

Walking through busy streets. Sleeping at a hotel with music playing in the hall. The 2022 European Pregnancy Help Leaders Summit was a very different environment from the sirens and chaos the Save a Life pregnancy help team left in Ukraine.

Alina was 39 weeks pregnant when the war started. Now, her very life was at risk and the reality that her husband could be sent to fight in the war increased the stress. 

A pregnancy center director of the Zaporizhzhia Save a Life location, she knows the pressures when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Add a war to the typical pressures a woman has in that delicate moment of her life, and Alina knew that pregnancy centers in Ukraine would be needed during wartime. And so, her work continued after being displaced from her home in Zaporizhzhia.

In the midst of the war sirens and vibrations from the blasts, Alina gave birth to her son, Mark, in a make-shift bomb shelter. It was humbling, and a great reminder of the beauty of life. This little baby boy brought a light of joy in a moment of darkness. 

With her new baby, her two-year-old daughter, and husband, Alina moved West toward safety. Here, she sought out a pregnancy center to continue serving women who sought pregnancy help. Her newborn baby by her side, Alina started meeting with women — some local, some displaced from the southeastern and eastern parts of the country — to provide compassionate care and a listening ear as they discussed their futures. 

She humbly told us, “Please don’t think I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. And I’m not brave because I wanted to leave. I wanted to run for the sake of my children, but I would rather die than to disobey what God has called me to, which is to stay.”

Similarly, Alla, the national director, manages seven pregnancy centers throughout Ukraine. A widow with a sixteen year old and an eleven year old at home, Alla channels her hope and energy into the centers. Under her leadership, Save a Life centers have expanded across the nation.

She acknowledges that the loss of her husband to cancer when her children were young helped motivate her to get involved with pregnancy centers to be a pillar of support for women. Today, her children help by volunteering their time at the pregnancy centers as well, bringing them together in the work to save lives. 

Nadia travels between Ukraine and the United States to help raise awareness for Save a Life. In August, they hosted their annual conference in spite of the war. With more than 100 in attendance, this was an encouragement that God is at work in Ukraine through pregnancy help.

Understanding the risk of travel at this time in Ukraine, these three women joined 17 other countries at Heartbeat International’s European Pregnancy Help Summit in Bucharest, Romania. At the summit, they were able to share their experience both in living in a war zone and in serving in a war zone. As many of the European nations are serving Ukrainian refugee women, the insight Nadia, Alla, and Alina provided was timely and meaningful.

This team of women was an example of courage and strength, once again showing the world that women are capable of being mothers and accomplishing the work they are called to.

Practical Help for Ukraine

The world continues to watch as Russian troops march across the Ukraine. The photos and reports we have access to either personally, traditional news outlets, or social media, are devastating as 2 million people have migrated to safer places in western Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Hungary.

We invite you, our partners, to send resources to pregnancy help centers in specified countries as those centers embrace refugees, women, and their families in need of physical resources and finances. Consider that males between the ages of 18 and 60 are not permitted to leave Ukraine so that they can serve the nation's defense. I have heard the stories, as you have, of fathers and husbands who drive their families to the border, or into Poland and then immediately head back to Ukraine to serve in the military.

Friends, let us respond to the humanitarian crisis presented in our world by offering of our resources, as much as we are able, to welcome the stranger, embrace the families, and reach and rescue the women and families in our midst.

You may want to contribute to Heartbeat's HALO fund. This fund is specifically designated to help affiliated life-affirming organizations. Those funds will be distributed to affiliated centers in countries impacted by the war in Ukraine. This is often the best option for those outside of Europe because getting practical resources to the right place can be extremely challenging. 

But the European pregnancy help movement may have a better way to help these refugees and those receiving them.

We've begun to gather a list of Pregnancy Help Organizations in Eastern Europe receiving refugees and what kind of resources they need to support them.

Practical resources can be sent to the following centers.


Kharkiv PAC
Kharkov Pregnancy Assistance Center
+380 66-220-0303
Poltavsky shlyah 6a, office 4, 5
Kharkov, 61033
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Vasyl and Olga Olynk


Kobietom Na Pomoc
Marlena Macskowzka+48 576 382 256
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Clinica Pro Vita
Dr. David Ille
str. Teodor Mihali nr. 38-40
Cluj-Napoca, CJ 400591
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+40 264 431 8911

Centrul Alexandra
Alexandra Nadane
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Bucharest, B 010882
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Alpha Alliance (Alfa Szövetség)
Imre Teglasy
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H-2071 Páty
Fazekas u. 84.

If you are another center also reaching out and rescuing women and their families during this crisis, please let us know. We will add your center to the list.

Please see below for a list of resources needed: 

LONG-TERM FOOD: canned goods, oil, sugar, pasta, flour, groats, rice, tea, coffee, candy, UHT milk, canned vegetables/fruits (e.g. beans, peas, corn, pineapple, peach), tomato puree in cartons, dried fruit, nuts.
COSMETICS AND CHEMICALS: shower gels, shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, creams, pads, baby pampers, washing liquids, dishwashing liquids.
SUPPLIES, especially for wounds and burns: thermal blankets, sterile gauze, sterile compresses, knitted bands, elastic bandages, ampoules of saline, disinfectants, disposable gloves, sterile bandages, tourniquets, scissors for dressings.
NEW blankets and sleeping bags

List of needed items for children:
- toys;
- School supplies: notebooks, crayons, plasticine, coloring books, markers, drawing pads, coloring paper, picture books, etc;
- Pampers in sizes: 1 i 2;
- Wet wipes;
- Jars of ready-made baby food;
- bottles with pacifiers;
- pacifiers;
- powdered milk;
- blankets;
- body oils;
- toothpaste and toothbrushes for babies.

Thank you for the work you are doing everyday to change lives and change the destiny of women in unplanned pregnancies. we pray for you. Please reach out to efoell@heartbeatinternational.org with any questions. 

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Pray for Pregnancy Help in Ukraine

Hearing the devastating news of war in Ukraine, we've been reaching out to our affiliates and friends in the pregnancy help movement in the midst of the fighting. Olena Batina of Kharkov Pregnancy Assistance Center, was visiting our offices last week with a meeting of pregnancy help leaders. We are grateful to be able to share her prayer requests directly with you in the video below. Others we've talked to have also shared specific prayer requests below. Please join us in prayer for the pregnancy help movement around the world, especially the requests below.

Prayer requests from those with boots on the ground, actively working to protect lives of women and their children:

  • prayer for safety, Kharkiv is at the center of much of the heavy fighting;
  • prayer for L who is directing the center from her home connecting pregnant women with center and church volunteers;
  • pray specifically for three women who came to the center for their celebration pictures with their infants, they are in need of resources;
  • pray for two pregnant women, one of whom is 34 weeks; she is sheltering in a basement with no access to medical help;
  • ask the Lord to open ways for food, formula, water, and diapers to reach L's apartment so she can distribute them;
  • pray for over 1,000,000 refugees who are headed for the western part of the country;
  • pray for the Polish churches and NGOs who are receiving the refugees, for compassion, mercy and for the outpouring of resources in Poland for the Ukrainians;
  • pray for the morale and spirit of the Ukrainian nation. 

We will continue to update this page as additional prayer requests come in. If you wish to submit your own prayer request, click here. 

Pictures from a friend in Ukraine:

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If you're looking for a way to support the pregnancy help movement in Eastern Europe in this time, consider making a donation to Heartbeat's HALO Fund (Helping Affiliated Life-affirming Organizations).

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Check out what Kharkiv Pregnancy Assistance Center has been up to!


Check out the Kharkiv Pregnancy Assistance Center has been up to in Ukraine! Read the newsletter by clicking on the attachment below.