Ministering in Ukraine

The Other War in Ukraine

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Other War in Ukraine

  Today, I drove by another long convoy of Ukrainian military vehicles and soldiers which had briefly stopping along the route to the embattled eastern regions just a few hours away.  There is always something chilling to look into the faces of these men who are about to go into battle.  The civil war here in Ukraine has already claimed so many lives and altered the lives and futures of countless others.  As the ugliness of war casts it’s shadow over Ukraine, we pray that God will heal this land by turning hearts to Him.  

  But another war continues to rage even as it did long before the current civil war erupted.  This is the spiritual battle that is being fought for the eternal souls around us.

  I see this battle being fought in the life of a young man whom I took out to a cafe to celebrate after attending his graduation at the end of the school year.  He’s been coming to our village ministry center for years, but as he grows older the pressures and pulls of the world are growing stronger.  He is facing serious choices and hasn’t made up his mind yet what path he will take.

  We see this spiritual struggle being waged in the lives of a middle aged mother and her adult daughter who both recently repented during our church services.  The addictions that have destroyed their health and family relationships are still clawing at them, trying to pull them back into the darkness.

  The war of the spirit realm is happening in the heart of a lady who came to Christ recently after her son was saved and baptized in our church.  Her new faith is being severely tested by conflicts at home and relatives who don’t understand her love for the Lord.  

  The battle between good and evil is evident even in the lives of the elderly Christians of our village, such as the ladies who struggle with discouragement as they tearfully request prayers for their children who are living so far from God.  

  Every home we visit, every service we hold, every message we share, every family to whom we give food or transportation, every child who comes to the Lighthouse, every person we counsel, every drunk that comes to our doorstep, and every day that we look out and pray over a village bound by the darkness of sin is a reminder that the bloody civil war happening in eastern Ukraine isn’t the only war that is claiming lives.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

  More and more, we become aware of how important it is for us to fight this war in faith with the spiritual weapons of prayer and the Word of God.  We are powerless to change lives on our own.  Yet God is mighty to save!  Through Him, we can do valiantly for it is He who shall tread down the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy lives through sin.  Thank you for fighting this battle in Ukraine with us as we join together in prayer for the precious souls of people whom Christ came to redeem.