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Turmoil in Ukraine

I made a trip to Ukraine in February. Of course, some questioned the wisdom of such a decision, rightfully so given the rumblings of war that have prevailed there. Let me just say that it was essential for our ministry endeavors that continue in Ukraine. As I write, I have been home less than 24 hours. I have no idea what the situation will be when you receive this.

The situation today is painful for the Ukrainian people. One must remember that the history of the Russian and Ukrainian people is woven together like a tapestry. They are more brothers than they are enemies. Generally, it is governments that war, no people. I sensed Ukraine would not hesitate at all in defending itself if attacked but, overwhelmingly, the people do not want this. I think that is obvious.


As for this ministry, our focus is on people and building God’s Kingdom, not politics. Yet, we live in a very politically divided world. So, how do we pray for Ukraine? May I add that we also must pray for Russia.

Pray as Jesus taught us, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done”. God can use any world event to further His purpose on the earth if His people pray. Many times, through history, we have seen what was originally intended for evil turn out for good. (Romans 8:28)

As 1 Timothy 2:2 admonishes us, “Pray for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness ad holiness.” Pray for the leaders of Russia (Vladimir Putin) and Ukraine (Volodymyr Zelensky). Pray for all who are making these military decisions. Hearts can turn. Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

Pray that the peace of God would fill the hearts of the people of Ukraine. Also, pray the same for the people of Russia. I would imagine there are many parents in Russia that do not want to see their children sent into a war that few see purpose in. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15) He is the only source of peace. Peace is a person! Isaiah 9:6 says, “And He will be called…Prince of
Peace.”

Pray for the churches and ministries in both nations. We have many ministry friends in Ukraine and Russia who are continuing in ministry while believing for the situation to change. In times like these hearts are often softened and open to the Gospel. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (AMP), “Finally brothers and sisters, pray continually for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly.”

Pray that the peace of God would fill the hearts of the people of Ukraine. Also, pray the same for the people of Russia. I would imagine there are many parents in Russia that do not want to see their children sent into a war that few see purpose in. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15) He is the only source of peace. Peace is a person! Isaiah 9:6 says, “And He will be called…Prince of Peace.”

Pray for the churches and ministries in both nations. We have many ministry friends in Ukraine and Russia who are continuing in ministry while believing for the situation to change. In times like these hearts are often softened and open to the Gospel. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (AMP), “Finally brothers and sisters, pray continually for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly.”

Many have asked about House of Joy. Everything is functioning normally. We have 49 children as of today. They are happy and secure. Should it be needed, the orphanage basement can serve as a bomb shelter. Thank you for continuing to pray for each of them and the staff.

You may recall that a few years ago we helped plant a new church in Kahovka, the city of the orphanage.
The pastor’s wife, Luda, is our Bible teacher at the orphanage. In the midst of all of the current chaos, an
opportunity arose for them to purchase their own building. It is small but much better than the rented place they had worshipped in. We were able to help financially with the purchase. Thank you for the generosity that helps enable these ministries to go forward.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE: The day this went to print, Russia began its attack on Ukraine. Your earnest prayers are most deeply appreciated. We are in constant phone communication with our team in Ukraine.

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