Heroic Ukrainian Pastors Share God’s Love

Image courtesy of Operation Mobilization USA.

On February 24, 2022, Russian troops entered Ukraine, and millions are expected to move towards safety elsewhere in Ukraine and across Europe.

Note: this story and video were recorded in 2017, but it is just as applicable today. They say they are not heroes, “we are simply doing what we should do. That’s being a true Christian.”

War means death and fear.

The Gospel means life and peace.

Can the two coexist?

Thanks to several “hero pastors” in Ukraine, with whom OM was privileged to partner, the answer is yes. “As the Bible says, when He sees trouble, He does not run away and He does not leave his flock,” says one pastor. “My pain for the people who died here forced me to keep risking my life to save others. This is our calling in Christ Jesus.”

In November 2013, thousands of Ukrainians gathered hopefully at the Maidan Square in what became known as the Kiev Maidan Revolution, watching, waiting, and praying for days. In the months that followed, clashes resulted, killing hundreds and wounding 1,100 others. The president fled to Russia, leaving the glorious riches of the palace displayed to the world, in stark contrast to the poverty many of his people experienced.

Then the Russians moved in.

Since then, many people have died. Even more have fled. Internally displaced people (IDPs) wander all over the country, in search of any sign of hope.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for God’s protection and an end to the war.
  • Ask the Lord to help churches and OM teams to continue reaching those in need in many different, life-giving ways.
  • Pray even more people will turn to God and experience spiritual freedom.