Mission Partners is an outreach ministry to Children, Seniors, and Pastors in Ukraine and Belarus. Partnering together, we extend helping hands. With open hearts we can change the lives of those in need. Together, we can make a difference!
For He hears the cry of the afflicted. When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can see Him?
Job 34:28-29 (NKJV)
Mar 28 2014
Sometimes you can see the cloud rolling in, announcing the approach of an oncoming storm. Once, while the disciples were in a boat on the sea of Galilee, that kind of storm came on (Mark 4:37). The disciples began frantically calling on Jesus, fearing the storm. In fact, the storm as a metaphor for trouble is used throughout the bible. Jesus warned His followers that they would face tribulation, but not to fear! The Lord’s words have certainly been proven true (John 16:33).
Today we are seeing the rise of a new storm in Ukraine. As we mentioned in one of our previous newsletters, we are receiving regular updates regarding the crisis situation in Ukraine and Crimea. While the international news has been focused on politics and Russian military manoeuvres, there are impacts that extend to areas of faith and freedom. We have just received reports from our sponsored pastors and churches in Crimea about the sudden persecution they are facing. We have heard that most of the christian churches (non-orthodox) there have been closed. Because the believers in that area are very poor, most of them haven’t been able to afford to buy their own church buildings. Of the pastors and churches we sponsor, one had a building, and another was in the process of constructing a building. All the other churches were renting. Non-Russian Orthodox rented churches are now illegal. There were also Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation programs which were run by these churches are also now shuttered and illegal. Reportedly, the FSB is demanding lists of congregants from pastors. We are just hearing this news in within the last two days. It is important to note that the Russian and Crimean government structures are apparently considering all non-orthodox churches and believers to be western agents. We are unsure how much of this news is true, but these initial reports are very troubling. We expect more details in the coming days and weeks.
Beyond the politics and politicians, the events that are impacting Ukraine are having a real impact on the common people. The poor and weak of any society suffer the most during these type of situations. To ordinary people, daily needs like food, shelter and health care are the most important to them. They are the ones to suffer the most, as political and economic problems impact their day to day lives. We heard that the price of many key food staples has increased by about 40 percent in the last two months. Today, you can help these people! Today, you can give the gift of life! Today, you can help us proclaim the message of everlasting life through Jesus!
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Mission Partners International is a not-for-profit charitable organization based in Canada whose sole purpose is to help the people of the former Soviet Union in whatever way possible. Our exclusive mission field is the countries of Ukraine and Belarus. Our mandate precludes us from supporting or partnering with any charitable work in any other country of the world. As such, we are unable to support or partner with pastors in Asia, Africa, India, or the Middle East.