Ukraine: The Untold Story
Ukraine is in the news almost every day; current updates on the war and discoveries of new atrocities splash across newspaper headlines; calls for more funding echo throughout the chambers of Congress - from both parties; international corporations, nonprofits, and philanthropy organizations continue to ask for donations to help fleeing refugees resettle and rebuild their shattered lives.
And Crossroads is doing its part to address the human tragedy. Donations to Crossroads Ukraine Relief Project have provided food, clothing, and shelter (temporary) for more than 4,200 women and children, many with no more than the clothes on their backs and what they could carry in their arms
Unfortunately, what most Americans know about Ukraine revolves solely around this humanitarian crisis.
What is missing from our conversations and coverage is the spiritual crisis unfolding behind the scenes.
Neither pastors, news outlets, politicians, nor pundits are asking the “why” question, let alone answering it. For behind every human tragedy, is a spiritual tragedy – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Little known and largely ignored in our coverage of Ukraine’s conflict is the fact that there has been a significant outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Ukraine since its independence from the USSR in 1991. Ruslan Khmyz, president of Kyiv Theological Seminary, explains – “When freedom came to Ukraine, many things completely changed. The number of churches started to grow very fast. Many new Christians dedicated themselves to Jesus and wanted to grow, serve, and proclaim the gospel.”
Over the past two decades, a vibrant church and emerging missionary movement developed in Ukraine. As Joshua Tokar, of the Ukraine Evangelical Theological Seminary, noted, “Ukraine is the main missionary-sending country for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The church is very strong. As far as Europe is concerned, the Ukrainian church is perhaps the strongest and is doing the most for education, training, and sending out workers.”
Unfortunately, the highly evangelistic drive and promising missionary thrust of the Ukrainian Church has itself felt the impact of this war. Progress spiritually in untold numbers of people's lives and in the reformation within communities, and the nation itself is under assault. This is the untold story, the story hidden in the shadows of the crises unfolding across Ukraine.
Such spiritual warfare played out on the landscape of human tragedies is nothing new. Jesus reminded us that “… the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:22).
- Praying for the Ukrainian Church's leaders, their missionaries serving in Ukraine and Central Asia, for safety and courage in the face of tyranny and a faithful witness of the gospel.
- Pray for the thousands of Ukrainians displaced by this war and living in new countries. Let their missionary fervor plant His church throughout Europe, leading a renaissance of spiritual awakening within this dark continent.
- Do something to help meet the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people. Donate to the Crossroads Ukraine Relief Project. 100% of all donations, funneled through our national partners, will be used to feed, shelter (temporarily), and assist Ukrainian families fleeing the chaos. To give to the Ukraine Relief Project, Click on the Donate Button below.