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West Springfield church sending support to people of Ukraine

At Crosslight Gospel Church, they send parishioners to Ukraine every year to help get people to safety.
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 3:45 PM EST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Churches across our area continue to send their prayers and financial support to the people of Ukraine. We checked in with one in West Springfield to learn how they’re stepping up and how you can help.

At Crosslight Gospel Church, they send parishioners to Ukraine every year to help get people to safety. We spoke with church officials about how they’re continuing to help and praying for peace.

“It’s sad to think that there are seven, eight-year-olds right now that have grown up and nothing with conflict,” said Robert Olberg with Crosslight Gospel Church.

Two parishioners at Crosslight Gospel Church, a Pentacostal congregation in West Springfield, are currently stationed at the Polish border of Ukraine helping children and refugees get to safety.

“They are filling up their tanks, getting the supplies, buying the food, and they will be heading back over the border, back into the areas of conflict very shortly,” Olberg added.

Olberg shared these shots of Ukraine from missionaries who are sent over every year to help children in war-torn areas get to safety.

“When I first heard this terrible news, my heart was filled with grief and hurt for the people suffering,” said Aleksandr Tsvor, senior pastor at Crosslight Gospel Church.

Since Russian forces invaded Ukraine last week, Tsvor, who is Belarusian with family in Ukraine, is preaching unity and solidarity in his parish.

“Because our church is so multicultural and multinational, our main goal is for people to remain in love towards one another and for us to have peace in our congregation,” Tsvor added.

He told Western Mass News that he’s extended an invitation to all local Russian-speaking pastors to join in prayer. Church adminstrator Leo Ryhal explained the importance of standing together.

“Multicultural, we have people from every country, not only Ukrainian and Russian, but Belarus, Moldova, Estonia…We pray together, we serve God together,” Ryhal said.

It’s support for people like his niece, who is currently living in Kiev.

“I talked to her recently and she said we’re in fear, living in basements, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ryhal added.

Olberg told us they are accepting financial donations at this time, which can be dropped off at or mailed to:

Crosslight Gospel Church

2611 Westfield Street

West Springfield, MA 01089

Alternatively, you can text CLGIVE to 888-364-4483