CURRENT NEWS: UPRISING IN UKRAINE
You’ve seen it on the news, hundreds of thousands protesting in Ukraine. Riot police have retaliated, killing scores of people and injuring hundreds!
Some say the civil unrest began as a result of the government’s resistance to integrate with the European Union and align with Russia instead.
Others say it’s the corruption of former President Victor Yanukovich. But many feel the real problem stems from a deep-seated sense of hopelessness among the people.
Having lived under Communist rule for 75 years until 1991, a significant portion of Ukrainians are atheists, though some identify themselves as Orthodox Christians. However, faith in a God who loves them is a foreign concept.
Add to that the current political climate and the result is toxic. Many of the 46 million people who call Ukraine home are terribly discouraged, with no reason to believe things will improve.
An Injection of Hope
But in the midst of this crisis, we know God is at work. That’s why FEBC is currently investigating opportunities to share Christ with this population suffering from spiritual poverty.
Anatoly, the leader of the Lausanne movement for Eurasia, recently told us: “FEBC is so needed here. We especially need evangelistic radio broadcasts designed for non-Christians.”
Victor Akhterov, FEBC’s director of Russian Ministries, just returned from Ukraine, where he met with Christian leaders in Kiev to share amazing results from our evangelistic broadcasts in Russia.
Christian Leaders Plead for Radio
“I’m on the side of the protesters,” Olexandr shared, “because we need justice in our country. But a change in government is not the real answer. The personal lives of people are so broken.
Jesus is the only answer. We are ready to work with FEBC as soon as you can start.”
Konstantin, a small business owner and church leader, echoed similar thoughts: “What we need in Ukraine is a renewal of basic Christian values, which is impossible without Christ. That’s why we need FEBC here, to share the living Christ. It’s the only way to change the hearts of our people.”
With your help, we’ve already begun the journey, having launched a new station in 2013 in eastern Ukraine. Additionally, our production studio in Chernivtsy produces programs aired through local networks in 5 western regions of Ukraine, reaching millions.
But that’s only the beginning. Right now, we’re looking for broadcasters, working through regulations, asking for support from local Christian leaders, and waiting for the availability of FM frequencies in large cities.
And, as always, we are praying. Will you join us in asking the Lord to open doors for FEBC in Ukraine? When He does, we want to be ready to offer the only hope worth investing in… the hope of Jesus.
Background on Russia
Population: 142 million
Languages: Russian (official), many minority languages
Religion: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2%
Russia has a large population of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule.
FEBC in Russia
Radio Teos, as we are known in Russia, has been broadcasting the Gospel by shortwave since the late 1940s. In February 1992, after the fall of communism, FEBC Russia became incorporated within the country, where it expanded its broadcast ministry.
To Neighboring Countries
10 Local Languages
Are Used in Broadcasts
100 kw Shortwave Radio Station
Transmits to Entire Former Soviet Union
Russia Ministry Highlights
With main studios in Moscow and St. Petersburg, FEBC broadcasters reach not only Russia but other countries with sizable Russian-speaking populations such as Ukraine and Kazakhstan, as well as several ethnic people groups. With Internet and satellite broadcasting, FEBC saturates Russia and surrounding countries with the Gospel through 40 hours/day of broadcasting. FEBC offers a variety of programs on topics such as the Bible, Faith in God, the Christian Life, and Christian News and Commentaries. Other programs address issues related to children, young people, alcoholics, abortion, foster care/adoption and marriage. FEBC operates the following local radio stations,
- Moscow, AM 1134
- St. Petersburg, AM 1089
- Norilsk, FM 107
- Kayerkan, FM 105.7
- Slavyansk/Kramatorsk, Ukraine FM 68
We also broadcast from a 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitter in the Philippines. This signal covers the entire area of the former Soviet Union, bringing the Good News to multitudes who live there. Our broadcasts are offered in the following languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Tartar, Chuvash, Kirghiz, Mari-Low, Osetin, Udmurt, Uzbek.
Other Support Ministries
Working hand in hand with Russian believers, FEBC’s staff supports the Russian church by inviting pastors to their programs and encouraging listeners to become part of a body of local believers.
We support foster care and adoption, as well as drug rehab centers. We also conduct training seminars, offer concerts and special church services, and help kids living on the streets. In addition, we provide phone consultations for people in crises.
In 2010, 36,300 listeners called, emailed, or texted FEBC Russia.