Ministering in Ukraine

Praying For An Awakening

Friday, April 17, 2015

Praying For An Awakening

  As Ukraine continues to trudge through the uncertainty of these times, we have longed and prayed for an awakening, a spiritual hunger and openness to be sparked within the hearts of the people around us.  We have hoped that these circumstances would cause people to humble themselves and seek God.  Sadly, we have not yet seen this on any large scale and we continue to pray for God to bring His lasting good out of these adversities.

  And yet, on the other hand, there are opportunities now that we have never seen.  A couple of days ago, as I visited a military outpost just a few miles from separatist-held Debaltsevo, the recent scene of a brutal Ukrainian defeat, I couldn’t help but be amazed.  After delivering much needed supplies, our small group of volunteers had gathered with a group of soldiers in a grain mill barn which was being used as a kitchen and cafeteria for that unit.  After drinking tea and snacks, we had shared the Word of God with them and sang Christian songs that pointed them to the Source of hope and assurance.  

  And then, at our request, those rough, young, Ukrainian men gladly and willingly clasped hands with us and with one another in a large circle around the room so that we could bow our heads and pray for them.  As I looked upon that scene, I thought, “Where else and when else could I see a scene like this in Ukraine?  In what other setting would a bunch of cool, non-religious Ukrainian guys be willing to humbly bow before God and open their hearts to the message of Christ which we were sharing with them?”

  Perhaps we aren’t yet seeing the widespread spiritual awakening and revival for which we’ve been praying.  Many Ukrainians in our region have actually seemed to harden their hearts and become even more cynical as this war and the economic woes drag on.  

  In another sense, however, God is opening doors that would have never seemed possible.  Now is the time to seize upon those opportunities and plant seeds of salvation in places and lives where it would have never happened any other way.  May we never have any regrets that we missed this window of opportunity which is before us.