Hope from Ukraine Two Years Later

Christians still live in Ukraine and work each day to make disciples of their broken nation.

One couple we call M&M wrote this: “In spite of the danger and difficulty of the situation, we see God bringing us through it all and giving us peace in our hearts. I would not want you to read my letter and think that we are unhappy people, no, we are happy and satisfied with our lives, we have chosen this path and do not complain. And I am sure that God keeps us, thanks to your prayers. So I ask you not to forget us when you talk to the Father.”

News from Ukraine is undoubtedly grim, but God undoubtedly provides hope from Ukraine. Christians still live there and work each day to make disciples of their broken nation.

A Letter from the Front Lines in Ukraine

Live Global national partners Aquila and Priscilla have raised up a couple we call M&M who live and minister in Odessa. Here is the latest letter from M&M in their own words (edited only slightly for security reasons):

Dear Friends.

Greetings from Odessa.

Please forgive me for not writing anything for a long time. A lot of events have happened during these two months. The life of a Christian is always rich and full of events, especially when you live fully relying on Him and do not look for easy ways. The way of Christ is a burden, but it is a burden that is easy and joyful to bear. And we do not complain, but rejoice that we can serve Him. As always, I will start with what is happening in Odessa. I would very much like to tell you that the war is over, but unfortunately it is not. The shelling of the city continues with even greater intensity, and this is not only in Odessa, but also in many cities of Ukraine. 

There are big problems with electricity as missiles destroyed almost half of the power plants in the country. It’s good that it’s warm now and we don’t need heating in our houses. Because of the new law on mobilization, it has become very difficult to cross the border, though before I could leave Ukraine without problems, now it is very difficult. Many are afraid to leave their homes. In spite of the danger and difficulty of the situation, we see God bringing us through it all and giving us peace in our hearts. I would not want you to read my letter and think that we are unhappy people, no, we are happy and satisfied with our lives, we have chosen this path and do not complain. And I am sure that God keeps us, thanks to your prayers. So I ask you not to forget us when you talk to the Father.

Our ministry continues. 

Our church is going through an unusual time. The church is without a pastor and the future is still unknown. Please pray for this.

We continue to invite people to church and share the gospel with them. Because of your financial support, we are able to continue to help people with food and medicine. Because of this, our church hall is always full of people. It is a good ground for preaching. Recently we had a small picnic, where we were able to get closer to people and serve them. Many churches in Odessa have ceased to exist, and some are on the verge of disappearing. People are fleeing the war and that’s understandable. No one knows what will happen in a month. I think that those churches that are willing to continue making disciples and are doing their best to do so will continue to exist and grow. Thank you for understanding this principle and donating to God’s work.

Also our team continues to serve children and their families from the orphanage. These are remote villages with no churches or schools, broken roads, no public transportation, and no opportunity for any kind of development for the children. We regularly visit the children and plan summer mini-camps so that the children can learn God’s plan of salvation and His character, to develop their creativity and thinking. Their children’s hearts need care and proper influence, much of what they see is sin and Satan’s deception. Their parents are often unable to give them proper nurture and care, so many of them are left to fend for themselves in the streets. As time passes quickly and the children grow up, we want to make sure that we don’t miss the opportunity to mold them into good character and a love for Jesus. Please pray for this ministry; we need it.

Ukraine is now a land of opportunity. This is the best time for evangelism and discipleship, so our doors are open to those who want to contribute to what God is doing here. It’s amazing! What we sow now will change people’s lives in the future.

In Christ,

M&M

Provide Gospel Hope in Ukraine

M&M desire your encouragement and support as they do the hard work of staying in a difficult situation for the sake of spreading the Gospel. As you give to Priscilla and Aquila’s ministry with the note “Ukraine relief,” they will in turn get the joy of encouraging their teammates M&M with financial support. Above all, pray for God’s gospel hope in Ukraine to prevail.