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An Opportunity For the Ukrainian Church (VIDEO)

By Tom Mills, Oct 18, 2022

As a result of the war in Ukraine, a lot of vulnerable, displaced people are scattered. In a moment when they feel like they’re citizens of nowhere and they have no home, they desperately need to understand what it means to be a citizen of heaven. One of the biggest ways missionary Kirk Norris is approaching the struggle is just listening. And he's convinced a new beginning is about to happen. 

Ukrainians are going to be more open than they ever have to hearing the answers that God provides and open to things that they might not have ever thought about. Kirk believes that the struggles, the pain, the conflict, in addition to the love, the hospitality, and the warmth, is all going to lead to much greater depth of what the Church is going to be on the other side of this. The Church has this beautiful, unique moment to minister right at the point where people are feeling vulnerable and feeling the pain and trauma, offering them a stable hope that cannot change. And the Church can step in and say "This is what Ukraine can be." Ukraine can be a people that finds its hope in Jesus Christ and bring that to the world.

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Pray against rape, murder, and capture of men, women, and children in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. Pray for protection for the vulnerable.

Give thanks for and pray for the Krakow crisis team, the distribution of aid, and the shelter ministry as the team cares for displaced Ukrainians.

Pray for courage for Christ’s followers in and around Ukraine. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

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Pray for the health, rest, and ability to continue for those who are working with and making arrangements for refugees. It can feel like the future of each one of them is in your hands. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

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Pray for Ukraine to trust what is not changeable and to hope in what cannot be lost. May the Church in Ukraine be strengthened through this war. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

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