Ken Ward, a Rome resident who first visited Ukraine in 1994, will be leaving Friday for the war-torn region again.

A pastor for over 30 years, Ward started his work in Moldova, which is just south of Ukraine, nestled above Romania. He’s been spreading the faith and planting churches in Moldova and the Ukraine for 28 years — 20 churches in Moldova and 17 in Ukraine until the war broke out.

His deep connections with this part of the world came in handy when Russia invaded last spring, and a new type of work began.

Ward is working with an organization called Helping Ukraine (HelpingUkraine.US), which was founded by Emory Morsberger, a former state legislator and Rotarian.

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