The Presbyterian Church moderator is due to visit Hungary on Monday and travel to the Ukraine border as unrest caused by the Russian invasion continues.
r John Kirkpatrick will travel to Budapest and then travel to the Transcarpathian border as part of a five-day visit to oversee the charity work of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
Hostilities in Ukraine continue to escalate following Vladimir Putin’s decision to send his forces to the country in February this year.
Last week, dozens of casualties were reported after a Russian barrage pounded apartments and other targets in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least 12 people.
In recent weeks, Russia has repeatedly struck the southern city, which is in the Ukrainian-controlled part of a region that Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed in violation of international law.
At least 19 people also died in Russian missile strikes on apartment buildings in Zaporizhzhia the previous week.
Dr Kirkpatrick said the Presbyterian Church in Ireland had raised £1.3million in humanitarian aid as part of its special appeal for Ukraine.
“The generosity of congregations, and others, across the country has led to one of the largest amounts raised for an ICP appeal in living memory,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful display of people’s loyalty and kindness, even in these uncertain economic times back home, and I can’t wait to see how it has blessed people both in Hungary and in Transcarpathia.
“At our General Assembly in June, the conflict in Ukraine and the refugee crisis were brought together when we heard directly from the Reverend Dr. Zoltán Literáty speaking in the Assembly Hall.
“A pastor of the Reformed Church of Hungary, born and raised in a village in Transcarpathia, he told us that 500,000 people had fled to the province from eastern and southern Ukraine.
“I look forward to seeing him again while I am in Hungary with Dr. Károly Czibere, President of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, who briefed the Assembly via video in June.”
Dr Kirkpatrick added: “A lot has happened since June, with the war often making headlines and front pages. But the ongoing work of the RCH and the wider Hungarian Reformed Church to help and support those caught up in this needless tragedy continues.
“Only when I am there will I have the full measure of what is going on and how our brothers and sisters in Christ are coping and providing for those in need. At the same time, however, seeing how the Lord is at work, even in the midst of such tragedy, will be extremely encouraging. »