Today marks the seventh anniversary of the official Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. The U.S. and the United Nations do not recognize the annexation. Read a recent statement from the White House here. Russia claims no annexation took place, and that Crimea was always part of Russia.
Eric Mock of the Slavic Gospel Association says, “In the middle of this are the people in Crimea. But Crimea remains a little bit of a mixed bag, with both Russian and Ukrainian citizens. So there are some natural tensions and some frustrations that are going on. But with the decrease in tourism (tourism was one of the larger revenue streams for the region) plus the sanctions from Western governments, it’s made small businesses and life there in Crimea quite a bit more difficult than it was before.”
“And yet, in the middle of this, the churches there are flourishing.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to strengthen His Crimean people to reflect His hope during a difficult time.