Fourteen months ago, Pacific Union College Church member Julie Lee witnessed her friend and fellow church member perform a contagiously kind act, engaging her church and community in ministry.
Jennifer Klingbeil was stunned by the war taking place in Ukraine. Of Ukrainian descent, she was devastated by the unfolding destruction of the invasion–a scene that left much of the world feeling helpless. However, Klingbeil was not one to watch as refugees flooded bordering countries. She jumped into action.
Klingbeil created “Mission: Ukraine,” a project to bring Adventist Ukrainian students displaced by the war to study at PUC. Her plan worked, and in collaboration with the college, church, community members, and business associates, enough donations were raised to bring five student refugees to America.
But her servant’s heart didn’t stop there. Klingbeil stated, “The students are grateful and have adapted relatively well. The college is doing everything possible to help them adjust to their situation.” She is working to keep them at PUC long enough to earn their degrees.
Klingbeil and her team have engaged their calling to ministry and shown servants’ hearts by following Matthew 25:35. “For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” (ESV)
Featured in Northern Lights, April 27, 2023