During a televised address on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his forces would be taking “bold and immediate action” against Ukraine. Airstrikes have targeted multiple cities in the country. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claims that at least 137 Ukrainians have been killed so far in the conflict, with hundreds more injured.
But the battle we see with our eyes is not the only battle taking place. The war for the hearts and minds of the Ukrainian and Russian people continues.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Christians in Ukraine have enjoyed religious freedom, prompting Pentecostals to pursue aggressive church planting efforts. When Russia invaded Crimea, Ukraine, in 2014, those churches were able to provide aid to the region. Though the sharing of one’s faith is severely restricted in Russia, Christians in Ukraine remain firm in their zeal to pray and assist those in need.
"The history of the Ukraine Church is not just evangelism but meeting the needs of the most desperate in the country," said one AG missionary to Ukraine.
“We continue our intercessory prayers, talk to people to reduce panic, and help those in need,” Yuriy Kulakevych, foreign affairs director of the Ukrainian Pentecostal Church, told Christianity Today, referring to ministers in the country.
In a Thursday statement, Convoy of Hope announced it was “actively reaching out to local partners to find ways to help Ukrainians amidst attacks from Russia.”
As we scroll through social media and flip through the channels of cable news, it may feel as though we are powerless to affect the course of world events. But we worship the God that stands outside of every circumstance, outside of time itself, and yet chooses to draw near to us.
“You are the Lord of history,” prayed Greg Mundis, executive director of AGWM, on Thursday. “And so, Father God, through your son Jesus Christ and the move of the Holy Spirit, we pray for peace in the Ukraine.”
Urgent Prayer Needs:
● That the spread of the gospel would be undeterred
● That the hearts of world leaders would be softened
● That Christians would find the means to aid those in need
● That there would be no more loss of life
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.