Prayer Monday – Ukraine

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Ukraine, a former member of the communist USSR, achieved it’s independence in 1991. It is a country of just under 48.5 million people. Of those 48.5 million people around 79% claim to be followers of Christ while just under 4% claim to be evangelicals. Since 1991 it has been a struggle to take advantage of it’s economic resources. There has been a rapid increase in alcoholism and the number infected with the AIDS virus.

While Chernobyl seems like a distant memory to most people in the past, it still very much is influencing the lives of those in Ukraine. Even though it occurred in 1986 it is still impacting the environment and causing disease and death.

There is hope though, for sure. Ukraine was once considered the “Bible belt” of the former Soviet Union, but major persecution of the church occurred during Soviet rule. The perseverance of believers through that persecution and oppression has paid off as there is a new spiritual ambition and vision that has not been seen before in Ukraine. A blossoming of agencies also followed independence with Ukrainians now working in outreach (evangelism, literature, media), with children (in summer camps and schools), and especially in humanitarian work (with prisoners, hospitals, orphanages and soup kitchens). Pentecostals/charismatics and Baptists minister both within Ukraine and without, sending missionaries to other former Soviet states

Please join me in praying for:

  • Those affected by Chernobyl.
  • Forgiveness towards the communists.
  • The continued missions work, both in and outside of their country.
  • The different churches to come together and work towards a common goal of seeing others come to Christ.

Posted on September 10, 2013, in Prayer Monday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Jake! Now that I live in Ukraine (going on 6 months), I am so thankful for your prayers for these dear people! Let me give everyone a little closer picture of them:

    I work in Odessa with a small Presbyterian church plant with 40-50 members. They are a close-knit community, and yet there is brokenness in that church, because there is brokenness in Ukraine…brokenness from the years of communism and Russian oppression. During the 20th century, Ukraine lost almost a third of its population (around 15 million people) as a result of famine, the second World War (including prison and labor camps), and mass repressions. Since Ukraine has only been an independent country for 22 years, they are still establishing a new identity and dealing with a lot of corruption in their government systems.

    Ukrainians are still figuring out who they are and how they are to heal from a history full of hurt. Many men there are absent husbands and absent fathers. Ukrainian women need help rebuilding broken lives in the midst of a broken society. Some are raising children by themselves, some have little sense of modesty or little understanding of chastity; many have no intimate friends or experience with emotional vulnerability, spiritual discipline or accountability. The traditional Orthodox Church seems to provide nothing but rituals, rules, holidays, icons and superstitions.

    That’s why I’m here, working with this evangelical church. In their struggle with poor self-image and depression, Ukrainians need to understand how the gospel of Christ speaks into every aspect of their lives—including their past, present, and future. I know that God can use my own experience with brokenness to reach these women in their brokenness. Our team (with Mission to the World, part of the Presbyterian Church of America) is working to establish churches in several cities, led by national pastors. I have started a couple Bible studies already. The men on our team have a burden to teach the men in the church what it means to be a servant-leader…like Christ. We are also trying to teach this church how to use their gifts and how to reach out into their own community. Please pray that God will make Himself known through these churches and bring hope and healing to this country. Thank you so much!
    Robin

    https://www.facebook.com/RobininUkraine

    • No thank you Robin. I know am more educated about Ukraine than I was before, I know the same goes for anyone who reads this blog. I have been praying for you already and I hope my readers will add you to that list.
      Please pray for Robin and her work in Ukraine and check out her Facebook group so you can see all of the amazing things that God is doing through her!

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