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All articles in category Ukraine

June 2015
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Making a difference in Ukraine – Reaching families for Christ in Ukraine

Our desire is to bring people (parents and kids) into a relationship with God. We realise that to do this we have to build long-term relationships and also show, through godly everyday living, what being a Christian is. When we first had the idea for an English Summer camp, to reach the children in our town, it seemed impossible to do. But as we got started, we discovered that God was in these plans and he made it happen. We wanted to start by building bridges with the several Christian fellowships we have in our town. Teaching English is a very good way to do...

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June 2015
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Making a difference in Ukraine – Troubled nation: gospel opportunity

Ukraine is much in the news today, since the annexing of Crimea by Russia and with the continuing conflict on Ukraine’s eastern borders. Its politicians struggle with an economy that has been devastated by the loss of its eastern industrial base resulting in a free falling GDP, heavy currency devaluation and rising gas prices as Russia plays brinkmanship with its supply. The deaths of many hundreds of conscripted men and women and the displacement of over a million civilians arriving into central and western Ukraine is the newest of problems facing everyone in Ukraine today. The cost of living has soared by 50 per cent...

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Ukraine’s agony
September 2014
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Ukraine’s agony

Our country, and particularly eastern Ukraine, as you will know, is in turmoil. There is an endless stream of hatred, grief, despair, casualties and destruction. People are in fear and without any means of subsistence. Houses of Prayer and the offices of Christian organisations have been occupied by militia and are often used to store weapons and all kinds of ammunition. Recently, the whole area of Donetsk Christian University was commandeered. Evangelical Christians are hated and threatened. It is a very hard time for believers there, especially pastors and their families. They need assistance, prayer and God’s protection. Brothers and sisters in Christ have evacuated...

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August 2014
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‘Around the World’ children’s camp, Ukraine

From June 14-21, a team of local, dedicated and energetic Christians held a week-long camp in western Ukraine for 75 children, aged between 7 and 13. Set within a large wood, with ponds, playing fields and several million mosquitoes, the camp was located at an ex-communist ‘pioneer camp’ that was bought by a Christian about eight years ago. For many of these children, this was the first experience of ‘camp life’ and exposure to Bible teaching and the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. English and Polish are commonly taught in Ukraine to primary children, and the camp came into being as an opportunity to...

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Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine
February 2013
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Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine

Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine Alexei Bezkorovaynyy shares his testimony as to how the Lord first saved him and now uses him in outreach to his own people My life was full of darkness and helplessness. Only God could save me from the grip of Satan. I accepted Christ in winter 2007. Before that, I was a drug addict for eight years. When trying to stop taking drugs, I would drink alcohol.     My relatives have been Christians for more than 15 years now. They tried to help me to come to Christ. Every time I did evil things, they took me to...

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February 2012
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Nadya’s story

Nadya’s story We visited my parents to say goodbye. I didn’t know how to say we were leaving, but as I began to talk I saw how hard it was for them. It was August 1991, the time of the tank putsch in Red Square, Moscow. Dad said, ‘What are you doing? Where are you going? There’s a war in Moscow and you are going there!’     But it didn’t stop us. We had an aim; we had decided to go as missionaries. I held my little daughter in my arms and, as I was getting into the car, my Dad with love and compassion...

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July 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Prison ministry in Ukraine

Prison ministry in Ukraine In November 1992, shortly after Ukraine had won independence from the Soviet Union, Vic Jackopson was asked by the Baptist World Alliance to go to Ukraine as part of a fact-finding mission. While there, he preached at the only Baptist church in the city of Cherkassy. Asked by the deacons to share with them his Christian testimony, Vic told how he had grown up in an orphanage, experienced homelessness as a teenager, and was eventually sent to Winchester Prison for housebreaking. He told of his conversion through reading a Gideon Bible. Cherkassy Anatoly, who was one of the church’s deacons, became...

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March 2004
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Missionary Spotlight – Ukraine testimony

My name is Aleksandr. I was born in western Ukraine and my childhood was typical of many who were educated by communist (Komsomol) pioneers. We were taught the non-existence of God and the essential greatness of man. After I had been to a Komsomol republican camp (‘Young Guards’) I became leader of the youth group council. I aspired to even higher leadership and thought myself very important. Political college While in the Ukrainian army I sought entrance into a prestigious military political college in the former Soviet Union. What was so satisfying to my pride was that I gained entrance without needing to ‘pull strings’...

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