Ukraine -- the Great Commission Amid Great Conflict

Ukraine has a long history of war and division. In 1919 the Soviet Army established control of the country. The Soviets were hostile to the Ukrainian language and culture; repression and genocide killed millions. The country became independent again when the USSR dissolved in 1991. Today the country is fighting to preserve its integrity. Half the country favors political ties with the west and half remain closely associated with Russia. Protests continue daily in the streets as officials meet to discuss their options and Russia flexes its military muscle, planning weekend combat-readiness tests. What is God doing through this unrest? Students training in a Bible Institute are watching the news and seeing youth die in the streets. They are motivated to “go and preach the gospel.” New Testaments are being distributed in villages and town where there are no churches. One Christian asked for prayer: “Just pray for Ukraine, pray for peace...What is happening...is like a sign from God of the urgency to share the Gospel. We will keep preaching.”

Pray for Ukraine this week. Pray that the truths of Titus 2:11-13 will convince the people of Ukraine of God’s grace and of hope in the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”