Ukraine Crisis: Stories and Videos

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Please pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia. Pray for all those who are suffering and terrified in this moment. May the Body of Christ in Ukraine be able to respond to those who are suffering, give the comfort of Christ, and to remain faithful in their witness.

Updates:

June 30, 2022 at 7:30 AM (PST): Several hours ago, during an online prayer meeting, a listener wrote in saying that the building next door to her had just been hit by a rocket.

“I felt the explosion! I’m shaking all over,” she wrote. “I can hear people screaming. The explosion blew out one of my windows. I’m scared.”

Inna, the FEBC-Ukraine broadcaster holding the meeting, began praying with her listeners for the cities where the shelling was taking place. A few minutes later, the listener wrote back, saying: “Your prayers are helping me to not be so afraid. They are giving my heart peace.”

Please pray for the listeners in Ukraine who are under constant threat of attack.

June 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM (PST): Please pray for the people in the city of Kremenchuk, where a rocket struck a mall filled with people earlier yesterday, setting it ablaze. And please also pray for FEBC Ukraine as we proclaim the love of Christ to a hurting people from our station in Kremenchuk.

(Below is a picture from the opening of our station in Kremenchuk in 2020).

June 23, 2022 at 12:10 PM (PST): Here is a video update from Eduard Kurylenko (Director of FEBC Ukraine) and Inna Tsaruk (one of FEBC Ukraine’s broadcasters) about the prayer books we were able to distribute. Eduard says, “Thanks to your support, we have been able to hand out around 50,000 prayer books to refugees, non-Christians, and others! These prayer books include several prayers and the number of FEBC Ukraine’s prayer helpline.” Thank you, friends! God bless you!

June 20, 2022 at 1:20 PM (PST): Irina Nesterenko is one of our staff members who is helping expand FEBC Ukraine’s helpline to provide online counseling for victims of the war in Ukraine. Read more about how you can pray for Irina and the critical work she is doing


June 16, 2022 at 7:20 AM (PST): The fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine, especially in Sloviansk, where one of our stations is located. As a result, the area has become extremely dangerous. Here’s Eduard Kurylenko, Director of FEBC Ukraine, explaining the situation:

June 14, 2022 at 7:05 AM (PST): Recently, FEBC Ukraine staff were able to distribute 100 radios to Zaporizhzhia where a new station was just established. Now, in addition to those original 100 radios, 900 more were just given out to soldiers stationed in Zaporizhzhia. “Thank you for the radio!” wrote one Ukrainian soldier. “I listen whenever I can, and I talk about your programs with the other soldiers.” Several cities in the region are under Russian occupation, including the nearby city, Enerhordar, where a nuclear power plant is located. The city of Zaporizhzhia, however, remains under Ukrainian control. Friends, thank you for your prayers and your support! You make this ministry possible!

June 8, 2022 at 7:55 AM (PST): A prayer request has come through from our FEBC Ukraine team: “Please pray for the twin cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, which are under heavy attack by Russian forces. Please pray the people remaining in the cities, for their salvation, and for their safety. Sloviansk is the city where FEBC Ukraine opened our first station in 2013. Please keep all of FEBC Ukraine’s stations in the east of the country in your prayers. May God protect these stations as they continue to spread the Good News in this time of war.”

Below are several photos from the region:

      

June 7, 2022 at 12:00 PM (PST): Igor Sereda, FEBC Ukraine’s Assistant Program Director and broadcaster, was recently featured on Wayne Shepherd’s radio program, First Person Interview. In the interview, Igor shares the challenges and opportunities he’s faced while staying in Ukraine, and also shares his story of coming to faith. Here’s the entire interview:

June 5, 2022 at 6:00 AM (PST): Sunday morning (June 5th), at around 6 AM, Kyiv time, several rockets exploded in the city. “I woke up to a long whistle of rockets, followed by powerful explosions,” said Pastor and Senior FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, Sergey Nakul. After the explosions were over, Sergey was able to take a short video of the aftermath, seen below. “The war is near, but He is also near, and He will never leave,” Sergey said. Please pray for Pastor Sergey and the FEBC broadcasters who were planning and beginning to move back to the city. Please also pray for any people who may have been injured in the attack. Thank you for continuing to uphold us in your prayers, we really feel them! God bless you!



June 1, 2022 at 1:40 PM (PST): Here is a powerful video of Dima and Darina singing a Ukrainian hymn in the rubble of a building destroyed by Russian forces. Dima is an FEBC Ukraine videographer from Mykolaiv, whose videos are being watched by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians. He and his wife, Darina, are ministering to Ukrainian soldiers by partnering with army chaplains. They are also sharing the Gospel with refugees fleeing conflict zones. Please pray for them as they continue to spread the Gospel through their videos and in-person. Download the video here and share with others today!

May 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM (PST): In this video, one of our FEBC Ukraine broadcasters, Inna Tsaruk, calls us to pray for Ukrainian soldiers. Many soldiers have sent us messages from the frontlines, thanking us for our programs. They are listening from the trenches, both on their own and in groups with their friends. Many are just boys who have been drafted into service. Please pray with us for God to continue to protect and strengthen them, and that God reaches many of them with the Good News. Friends, God is working through your prayers!


May 26, 2022 at 8:45 AM (PST): Here’s a video update from our FEBC Ukraine team, who are working on a new program for kids with the help of Evgeny, a professional actor and Ukraine’s most famous clown. This war has been incredibly difficult on children. They need to hear the good news about Jesus like never before. Please pray for many to be reached by this new program.

May 24, 2022 at 7:30 AM (PST): A substation was shelled in the city of Pokrovsk, Ukraine, earlier yesterday, and the city’s radio stations were taken off the air. After some repairs, FEBC Ukraine’s station is once again broadcasting in the city!

Praise God for this quick repair! This station is located in a volatile region in eastern Ukraine where Russia has refocused almost all of its military efforts. Please join us in praying for God’s protection over all of Ukraine, and particularly for FEBC Ukraine’s listeners, broadcasters, and stations.


May 12, 2022 at 5:45 PM (PST): Inna Tsaruk, an FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, recently shared this video calling for renewed prayer for Ukraine:

May 11, 2022 at 10:10 AM (PST): Here is an update from Evgeny, who is the host of an FEBC Ukraine program for soldiers and civilians affected by conflict. This program was originally created back in 2014 for those who lived in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists launched an offensive to try and seize parts of Eastern Ukraine for Russia. Now, however, this program is targeted to all Ukrainian soldiers and civilians affected by the conflict raging throughout the country.

Evgeny recently visited Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine: “We prayed with them, encouraged them, and distributed New Testaments and prayer booklets with the number of our prayer helpline,” said Evgeny. Evgeny records these soldiers’ stories and shares them on his program. He also brings on experts who can help those affected by the war begin to heal from their trauma. “We reach out to those who are hurting with the love of Christ…Thank you for praying for us as we minister! And thank you praying for our soldiers!”

  

May 5, 2022 at 1:35 PM (PST): Pastor and Senior FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, Sergey Nakul, recently shared this video to us from a destroyed church in Irpin, Ukraine:


May 4, 2022 at 2:55 PM (PST): Igor Sereda, FEBC Ukraine’s Assistant Program Director and broadcaster, recently shared this video from the embattled city of Mykolaiv:


April 27, 2022 at 2:27 PM (PST): Great news! We were able to open the station and begin broadcasting in Zaporizhzhia on the air sooner than expected. Despite many obstacles, technical difficulties, the absence of internet connectivity, bureaucratic issues, and with the help of many volunteers, FEBC Ukraine is now airing in Zaporizhzhia on 88.8 FM. Praise God!

This brings our total active Ukraine station count to six, with two remaining offline due to the ongoing conflict. The new station in Zaporizhzhia now has the largest reach in the entire country. Thank you for your prayers and your support of the ministry! Please pray that this station reaches many more listeners with the Good News!

April 22, 2022 at 11:15 AM (PST): FEBC Ukraine Ministry-Wide Update: All FEBC Ukraine staff and their families are still safe, Praise the Lord! Pastor and Senior FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, Sergey Nakul, is still in Kyiv and safe, but is currently unable to send us periodic updates as he was before.

Five out of the seven stations are still up-and-running and plans are still ongoing to establish the new station in Zaporizhzhia. Our staff have been on the move recently, with ministry occurring in several areas surrounding Kyiv and some other parts of the country where Russian forces are no longer as active.

Please continue to lift up our broadcasters’ safety, as they often put their lives on the line to keep the Gospel on the air, and to minister to those in war-torn areas.

April 21, 2022 at 5:18 PM (PST): Igor Sereda, FEBC Ukraine’s Assistant Program Director and broadcaster, was able to travel to Kyiv after Russian forces retreated from the area recently, and filmed this video while inside our broadcasting center:

April 19, 2022 at 1:25 PM (PST): For FEBC Ukraine’s prayer helpline counselors, this Easter season is one that has been filled with both suffering and joy. Listeners who have experienced tragedy and are living in fear, call with terrible stories, asking for prayer. What is incredible is that they are finding hope and encouragement as they turn to Jesus, many of them for the first time. Read more about how FEBC Ukraine is helping people find hope in Jesus during this crisis. 


April 14, 2022 at 1:35 PM (PST): As Russian forces began to pull back from the outskirts of Kyiv, the atrocities perpetrated by the Russian military in these areas have made international headlines. Igor Sereda, FEBC Ukraine’s Assistant Program Director and broadcaster, recently traveled to Bucha, and several other small towns right outside Kyiv. Igor shared:

“After spending the day visiting these devastated cities, I’ve started getting used to seeing destroyed buildings, destroyed apartments, tanks, broken glass, dogs running in the streets—it’s like we are living in a post-apocalyptic movie.

“People, on the other hand, have really surprised me! People have joyfully come to these cities, cleaning up and repairing the streets. Hundreds of volunteers who wanted to help! I’m inspired by the faith of our people!

“While seeing this destruction has been saddening, it’s people that are truly important. It will be much harder to rebuild the thousands of broken hearts than to rebuild these buildings. But this is possible with God’s help!”

Pictured below are several scenes of destruction, taken by Igor, from the Kyiv outskirts:

    

April 12, 2022 at 7:28 AM (PST): Igor Sereda, FEBC Ukraine’s Assistant Program Director and broadcaster, traveled to Lviv, Ukraine to minister to refugees fleeing the conflict in other parts of the country. Here’s a video from Igor, sharing the work being done:

Also, be sure to check out the most recent Ukraine staff prayer profile, which features Igor and how you can pray for him and his family.

April 7, 2022 at 3:50 PM (PST): Natalia Bradarskiy and her son, Ivan, were recent guests on an FEBC Ukraine program, talking to listeners and sharing advice on how to survive difficult times with the Lord’s help.

The Bradarskiy family is especially equipped to talk about this topic, because they have lived through the horrors of war before. In 2014, Russian-backed separatists started offensives in eastern Ukraine, including Sloviansk, where the Bradarskiys live. Natalia’s husband, Viktor, was killed in the initial attack. He was one of four FEBC Ukraine volunteers who were taken captive by rebel soldiers and later murdered for their faith. Viktor was one of our most joyful volunteer broadcasters. He was in the studio every Monday, sharing Jesus with his listeners.

After initially leaving the region in 2014, the Bradarskiy family made the difficult decision to return home to minister to the people there—not just the Ukrainians who were suffering under the invasion, but even to the Russian separatists who were still there.

Natalia and her family understand very well what many people across Ukraine are experiencing today. They have felt the stinging emotions of fear, grief, and anger. But they also experienced abundant outpourings of God’s love and support from fellow believers, friends, and neighbors.

Now the Bradarskiys are helping others who are hurting experience love, healing, and hope through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. They are living examples of the power of forgiveness.

Pictured below: 1) Natalia and Ivan on one of FEBC Ukraine’s broadcasts, 2) A memorial for the FEBC volunteers who were killed in 2014 by Russian separatists; 3) A photo of Viktor’s plaque at the memorial (top photo)

     

April 6, 2022 at 1:30 PM (PST): FEBC Ukraine Ministry-Wide Update: Praise the Lord, all FEBC Ukraine staff, volunteers, and their families are currently safe and in good health. Our broadcasters are still scattered throughout the country. Some, like Sergey Nakul, are still in active war zones such as Kyiv. Many others fled their homes in more dangerous regions early on in the conflict, and safely made it to more secure locations.

Most of the FEBC stations in Ukraine are still on the air and reaching millions, despite the bombing of many cities in which we are ministering. As of now, five of our seven existing radio stations are still on the air. Two smaller stations in Eastern Ukraine were taken off the air. One in Luhansk was recently captured by Russian forces who began broadcasting propaganda. There are also plans to launch one new station in Zaporizhzhia, which was planned before the war started. When this station is launched, it will have the greatest reach in the entire country. In addition to this, the internet ministry of FEBC Ukraine is thriving. Thousands of people have been tuning in, looking for hope in the midst of this crisis.

Friends, we are extremely grateful for your prayers and the impact they have had on all of our staff. The fact that everyone is still safe and the majority of the broadcasts are still going out is incredible. Please continue to keep the ministry and country of Ukraine in your prayers as the conflict continues.

April 4, 2022 at 8:45 AM (PST): Please continue to pray for our brave local broadcasters in Ukraine; especially for Max and Inna, who we are highlighting this week. Click here to view all of the staff profiles so far, and join us in praying for this team and their unique prayer requests.

   

April 1, 2022 at 12:05 PM (PST): Evgeny, a popular FEBC Russia broadcaster, offers listeners life advice on topics ranging from how to handle marital issues and work problems, to dealing with serious medical diagnoses. He has also published content to help Ukrainian people who are dealing with trauma, stress, fear, and panic attacks. Evgeny does all of this from a Christian perspective, often praying for people on the air and inviting them to get to know God for themselves. Many people said they prayed for the first time after watching his program.

Today, many Russians are overwhelmed by an enormous amount of ideology, propaganda, and hatred coming out of their secular media. People are confused and disoriented, and they are looking for something that is much deeper than political rhetoric, which Evgeny’s programs provide. Recently, one of Evgeny’s broadcasts received over a million views on a single social network platform. This is the most views ever for a program from FEBC Russia.

“God is blessing us!” said Evgeny. “Even as [Ukraine and Russia] face these unbelievable circumstances, we are able to minister now more effectively than ever!”

Below, Evgeny can be seen broadcasting 1) from home, on several social media and streaming platforms, all at once, and 2) from the studio in Russia.

   

March 31, 2022 at 1:35 PM (PST): FEBC Ukraine is working closely with churches in the Sloviansk area (eastern Ukraine), helping them bring the Good News to people who are sick, jobless, and poor. So far, the region has been attacked mostly by bombing, however, residents are expecting fierce fighting to start any day.

Sloviansk is the city where four FEBC Ukraine volunteers were martyred for their faith during the 2014 attack. The sign seen below is “Sloviansk” in the Ukrainian/Russian languages. In 2014 when pro-Russian separatists attacked the area, the sign was hit with shrapnel and bullets. If you look closely, you’ll see flowers were painted to cover the damage.

Please keep the people of this area in your prayers in the coming days.

   

March 30, 2022 at 11:00 PM (PST): A few days ago, one of our stations in Ukraine was taken off the air when Russian forces captured and shut down the tower that was broadcasting FEBC Ukraine’s programs into the long-occupied Luhansk region.

Listeners there have long been living in poverty and lawlessness, with little freedom. Kidnapping and abuse of women are everyday threats. Many churches closed and now must meet in secret. As a result, many other ministries have left the region.

Conditions have only grown worse since the war began. One scared listener recently wrote, “[We’ve had] no water for three weeks. People are being drafted [into the army] against their will…”

Please pray for our listeners in Luhansk who are living through an extremely frightening and dark time.

Mar 30, 2022 at 5:00 AM (PST): Pastor and Senior FEBC Ukraine broadcaster, Sergey Nakul, has seen all kinds of destruction. He has been traveling around Kyiv, speaking to soldiers, and helping take care of families, the displaced, and the elderly. Sergey says: “We have a saying, ‘When sorrow comes, you’ll find out who your true friends are.’ I can tell you that this is definitely true of the Word of God! In these times of sorrow, the Word really is like a faithful friend who will not leave you or abandon you! Only Jesus has the answers to the fear, pain, and grief people are experiencing right now…Thank you to everyone who is praying for us!” Sergey shared several photos of the things he is seeing daily: 1) a bombed-out bus; 2) all that remains of a bus station; 3) Sergey holding a New Testament which he uses to help share the Gospel, daily, with soldiers and others who remain in Kyiv.

      

Mar 29, 2022 at 11:15 AM (PST): FEBC Broadcaster, Inna Tsaruk, has been holding nightly prayer meetings on social media during the war. Click here for several stories from listeners who wrote in to Inna’s program. (Photos seen below: 1-2) Listeners share photos of themselves tuning in to Inna’s nightly prayer meetings; 3) Inna broadcasting through Instagram live to host her prayer meetings).

      

Mar 28, 2022 at 2:15 PM (PST): Local broadcasters in Ukraine are going through countless crises every day. Each member of the team has unique prayer requests, which is why we are highlighting ways you can pray for individual broadcasters and their families. Click here to see how you can pray for Eduard, Iryna, and Alexandr and Nadia (more staff prayer profiles coming later this week).

       

Mar 25, 2022 at 1:30 PM (PST): Before the war, Eduard, Director of FEBC Ukraine, visited the Eastern-Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia to talk about establishing a new station. In the midst of war and crisis, God has opened the door to start broadcasting in Zaporizhzhia, on 88.8FM, within the next couple of weeks. Eduard is pictured below with Yakov, a pastor and partner who is helping us with the installation. The other men pictured below are from a local church in Zaporizhzhia, who FEBC Ukraine hopes to partner with to host new programs. The teams in Ukraine were able to send some equipment to one of our partners in the city who is helping prepare the new station. When it is launched, it will have the greatest reach of any of the stations FEBC Ukraine operates. Please pray for God’s hand to be on this endeavor and for protection for the other six stations in Ukraine.

Mar 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM (PST): Our FEBC Ukraine director, Eduard, safely returned from picking up new equipment out of the country to improve the quality of FEBC-Ukraine’s broadcasts. He also met with Ilya Bodnari (pictured on the left) who is organizing a new FEBC office*. This office will serve as a base of support for both Russia and Ukraine. Eduard and his family are now safely back in Ukraine. Thank you for your prayers!

*This office is temporarily located in an undisclosed location. It will provide safety and allow our team to continue to reach the people of Ukraine.

Mar 22, 2022 at 2:45 PM (PST): Pastor Sergey surveys damage to a shopping mall in Kyiv, and answers a question that has been on the minds of so many people in Ukraine: “What happens if I die?” Hear how Sergey answers this personally, and the advice he is giving others in Ukraine.

Mar 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM (PST): Russian soldiers are again moving towards Pokrovsk, where FEBC Ukraine recently opened a station (broadcast site pictured below). They fired missiles and artillery on several cities in eastern Ukraine earlier today and yesterday. Please pray for our listeners there and for God’s Word to continue to go out and change people’s lives, and for His protection over the people in Pokrovsk and in eastern Ukraine.

Mar 17, 2022 at 1:30 PM (PST): Pastor Sergey Nakul is still in Kyiv, ministering to those who have remained in the city. Many are asking, “Aren’t you afraid to be in Kyiv, right now?” This short video is his powerful response to how he deals with the fear he feels.

Mar 16, 2022 at 11 AM (PST): Good news from the eastern part of Ukraine. Our radio station in Slovyansk is back on the air! A few days ago it was damaged in a military strike, but it was repaired today by brave workers … in the middle of a war zone! Praise God! We are now broadcasting the Gospel on six radio stations once again. Please keep praying for our team. Even in away from Kyiv, our broadcast team frequently has to leave their work or their beds in the night when the sirens go off warning of incoming missiles or artillery bombardment. Here are pictures of what life is like for our broadcasters and families in these moments.

Mar 15, 2022 at 11 AM (PST): Pastor Sergey visited an apartment building hit the night before and took the video below. He texted a few minutes ago and asked for prayer as they are expecting more Russian attacks in his area tonight. He texted, “Remember the ‘Immanuel’ promise … God is with us whatever happens!”

Mar 14, 2022 at 3PM (PST): Our station in Slavyansk/Kramatorsk was hit with a missile and destroyed. That leaves FEBC Ukraine with five remaining FM stations. One of our staff, Konstantine, was also injured today. After removing his family to safety, he was heading back into Kyiv when he encountered Russian soldiers who opened fire. He was able to escape, but had shrapnel injuries in his leg. After two surgeries in Kyiv, he is recovering. We are thanking God for protecting his life! The images below were taken in Kyiv upon his return and show the damage from the Russian soldiers who shot at him.

Mar 13, 2022 at 9AM (PST): Lead FEBC broadcaster, Olesia, asks for your prayers now. Please pray for those who are listening all over Ukraine, and for the FEBC team and their families. Our remaining six radio stations are still broadcasting the Good News. Several dozen staff counselors have been answering calls from listeners all over Ukraine whose hearts are breaking, who are afraid, who are grieving. They report that every day dozens are giving their lives to Christ. This is a great time of harvest for the Gospel even in the midst of such anguish and fear. Pray for God to sustain FEBC’s ministry team as they continue to point many thousands of Ukrainian listeners to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mar 12, 2022 at 3PM (PST): Pastor Sergey has remained in his church in Kyiv. Friends from all over the world have stayed in touch. Many are asking, “Pastor Sergey, what have you learned in these days of war?” This short video is Pastor Sergey’s powerful response.

Mar 9, 2022 at 3:00 PM (PST): How are ordinary Ukrainians who are still in Kyiv able to survive? How are they able to buy food? Pastor Sergey gives us a walk-through of the local supermarket. Many shelves are empty, but not all. And even here, we can see the fingerprint of God’s provision and mercy.

Mar 8, 2022 at 3:00 PM (PST): “God is our bulletproof vest,” said a Ukrainian volunteer soldier to Rev. Sergey Nakul. He and other soldiers were asking for prayer because they lack basic combat gear. Up until this point, Nakul’s pastoral ministry has been in the pulpit and investing his time in the daily lives his congregants. All that has changed. For pastors who have remained in Kyiv—unwilling to abandon their flock—battlefield evangelism and ministry to soldiers has become a daily reality. The emotional exhaustion, trauma, and grief is beginning to show. But Nakul’s faith in God remains unshakeable.

Mar 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM (PST): The violence continues to escalate in Ukraine’s major cities, but most of FEBC’s ministry team have relocated to safer areas. The remaining six radio stations are still operational. We have transferred control of the remaining six radio stations to a western city, where there is relative calm. We continue to broadcast on multiple online platforms from our studios, as well as from bomb shelters, churches, and the streets. Even in the midst of such tragedy and horror, we see God’s hand at work. Listeners are calling the counseling hotline, which is staffed by 25 trained Christian counselors. Understandably, the lines are ringing day and night – teenagers, mothers, soldiers, the elderly.

One of our broadcasters had a bomb go off near her apartment, destroying her room while she and her sister were inside. Praise God they were unhurt. Pictures of the aftermath are below. This is on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Mar 4, 2022 at 12:54 PM (PST): FEBC broadcaster, Dr. Eugene Sarapulov, is a trained counselor and has been to meet with some of the children evacuated recently from the embattled city of Mariupol. The number of families who have been separated in this crisis is staggering. They do not know if they will ever be able to return home.

Mar 3, 2022 at 7:48 AM (PST): From our team in Ukraine – we are asking Christians and churches everywhere to pray. Sometimes it is hard to know how to pray. We invite you to use this video in your church services, Bibles studies, and small groups. Send it out and circulate it on every platform at your disposal. The video below is FEBC’s morning show host, Inna Tsaruk, who is an evangelist and prayer warrior, asking Christians everywhere to join in prayer with her. (Note that “Radio M” is how FEBC Ukraine’s radio ministry is branded in that country…this is one and the same with FEBC Ukraine.)

Mar 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM (PST): The situation was already bad, but it is deteriorating. The video below is a personal update from FEBC broadcaster, Igor. Up until this point, his family has stayed in Kyiv, hiding in a bomb shelter in a residential neighborhood. But with two young daughters, ages one and five, and bombs dropping all around them, the option of staying in place may no longer be viable. This video was sent as an update on their current, personal situation.

Mar 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM (PST): Every member of the FEBC Ukraine team is still alive. Several remain in Kyiv. Please pray for God’s leading about what they should do next. The remaining six radio stations are still on the air. We are praising God for the privilege of proclaiming hope in Christ in the face of so much war and death. Jesus is a firm foundation and nothing can shake those who belong to Him! Yesterday in a prayer call, Ukrainian broadcaster said, “Now is a golden moment for the Gospel … there are no more atheists in Ukraine.” Please pray for boldness.

Feb 28, 2022 at 2:01 PM (PST): We were able to do a Zoom meeting this morning with the team joining from all over Ukraine. Everyone is still alive. Some of the team remain in Kyiv. Igor and Sergey, who have sent several video updates, are walking the streets of Kyiv and sharing Christ with those they are with. Igor just reported leading 20 teens to Christ today. The Holy Spirit is giving them courage and boldness, and people’s openness to the Gospel is unprecedented in this moment of extreme danger. There was an explosion near the Evangelism Center building (our headquarters), but the studios are okay so far. Please pray for God to keep our team safe and for many to be brought into the Kingdom of God during this time.

Feb 27, 2022 at 5:41 PM (PST): Igor and his family are still in Kyiv. As the crisis in Kyiv began on Feb 24, Igor and Emma released a video from their apartment in Kyiv. Now they and their daughters are in a bomb shelter in Kyiv. Please continue to pray!

Feb 26, 2022 at 5:17 PM (PST): Everyone on the team is still alive. Praise God! The control of the radio network has now been transferred from Kyiv to the western city of Chernivtsy. Six out of seven stations are still on the air. We believe the station in Shastya is down, as this town is now 80% destroyed. We do not believe this signal is still on the air. However, the six stations along with live social media broadcasting is reaching thousands in real time. In addition, for several years FEBC Ukraine has been expanding a counseling helpline ministry with trained counselors who are posted all over Ukraine. They are taking calls almost non-stop. Nina, the leader of the counselor group, just sent a short update from the counseling team saying, “[We are] exhausted, but working non-stop. We cannot stop now.” Normally we receive about 1,000 contacts a day. The volume is more than 4x greater, but the need is so great. How can we refuse to answer and pray with those who are terrified, anxious, and desperate? Please continue to pray!

Feb 26, 2022 at 3:18 PM (PST): Olesia, whose cell phone video was the first one posted on this page on Feb 24, made it with her family to Chernivtsy. From there she recorded this update on behalf of the whole FEBC team. We are still broadcasting the Gospel!

Feb 25, 2022 at 4:52 PM (PST): Cell phone video update received from FEBC’s radio host, Inna Tsaruk, while fleeing Kyiv. Inna is a lead broadcaster in FEBC-Ukraine where she does a morning show. Almost every day, people come to the studio to meet with her, and she leads many people to Christ and connects them with churches, both locally and abroad. Even now, she is using social media as a broadcaster for Jesus.

Feb 25, 2022 at 4:00 PM (PST): We are still on the air in Ukraine. This is no small miracle. Our team is reporting that bombs are now targeting civilian targets like apartment buildings and preschools. Many of FEBC’s teams have had to flee their homes in Kyiv, some are still on the road, others spent the night in bomb shelters. Below are posts from several of our broadcasters.

From our program director, Max: “Please continue to pray for our listeners, as they hear the message of Christ at this time. Our strategy is to reach millions of them using different accounts and channels. People need the Lord as never before.” 

Igor, Radio Host: “I am really afraid for my little daughters. And I know that millions of others are as well. I am using Tik Tok to reach other young parents like me, telling them about the love of Christ in this frightening times.” 

Inna, Morning Show Host: “I am on my way to a city in western Ukraine, still don’t know where I’ll end up. When I have access to Internet, I post short messages, encouraging my listeners to give their lives to Christ. I spent last night in a bomb shelter… cold, terrible smell, crying children, crying adults, howling dogs, scared of the sounds of exploding rockets. We appreciate your prayers so much, we can’t stop ministering, but we need the power of God to continue.” 

Feb 25, 2022 at 1:30 PM (PST): Still in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, FEBC’s Rev. Sergey Nakul, walks through his neighborhood, surveys the damage, and renews his call for churches everywhere to pray.

Feb 25, 2022 at 12:20 PM (PST): In this two-minute video recorded yesterday in Ukraine, Rev. Sergey Nakul, a local pastor in Kyiv and Gospel radio broadcaster, urges Christians everywhere to pray.

Feb 25, 2022 at 6:55 AM (PST): We are still broadcasting. We are all realizing afresh how powerful the Word of God is as we read it on the air. An unprecedented number of calls are coming from mothers who have young sons. Ukraine’s president has mobilized and called upon all men of fighting age over 18 to defend the country and countless mothers are calling into our call lines distraught over their sons. Most of them evidently have never prayed before, but now they are calling in and asking for prayer for their sons. Some of our broadcasters have stayed in place. Some have now reached safer cities, like Lviv. Others are still on the road. As bomb explosions were heard in the background, we heard from one of the team who was on the road and talking by phone saying, “I am ready to be with Jesus…but if He lets me live, I’ll do anything and everything in my power to share His Good News with Ukrainians.”

Feb 24, 2022 at 4:17 PM (PST): All 7 of FEBC’s radio stations in Ukraine are still on the air. With explosions audible around Kyiv, our program director made his way to the broadcast studio on foot during the morning hours to make sure someone was on the air to share the hope of Christ and to share from God’s Word. Right now our programmers are literally reading the Word of God on the air. As one of them said, “Human words aren’t working right now. We need God’s words…” Listener response to call center counselors is 4x higher than ever before. This is a level of desperation we’ve never seen. [We will share more updates as they come in. Internet access may be intermittent out of Ukraine due to cyber-attacks and infrastructure destabilization.]

Feb 24, 2022 at 6:45 AM (PST): We are hearing reports of fighting in the Chernobyl zone. If there are serious explosions there, a radioactive cloud could cover Ukraine, Belarus, and Europe. Our program director, Max, walked the streets of Kyiv to the broadcast studio this morning and went on the air to proclaim to listeners, “Nothing is more powerful than the Word of God at this moment.” FEBC’s counselors are working non-stop, answering people’s calls. Non-stop. Amazing and heartbreaking response, people are hungry for something real.

Feb 24, 2022 at 3:00 AM (PST): Igor and his wife share what they are experiencing in Kyiv. Their children sleep in the room next to them as the invasion intensifies.

 

Click here for Igor’s update on Feb 27 from a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

Feb 24, 2022 at 2:00 AM (PST): Our broadcaster Sergey reports on the invasion from the capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine. Sergey and his family are sheltering in their local church. He shares his fears for his two sons who he is with, and for the number of friends he is hearing from who are on the front lines.

 

Feb 24, 2022 at 12:01 AM (PST): The invasion has begun. As of now we are still on the air in Ukraine. Explosions have also been heard in Kyiv where our main studio is.

Feb 23, 2022 at 8:07 PM (PST): One of our broadcasters, Olesia who lives near the front lines in Eastern Ukraine is fleeing with her family.

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      1. These testimonies are amazing and breaking me! I’m sharing with my prayer Warriors. May our faith in our Lord be so strong as your example!! You are all in our prayers.
        Love and Blessings
        Jen

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        2. Yes I feel the same and have been gathering my praying friends to my home each week to pray for the protection and strength of your staff. You are all in our hearts and what you are doing in bravely sharing the gospel is so uplifting and inspiring. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless and provide for you all.

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  1. We are praying for you and the dear Christians of Ukraine as well as your country. “ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

    Love in Christ,

    Anne Haas

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  2. Your testimonies are so appreciated as they put a personal touch to this unjust and terrible situation! I thank God for the work you are doing there and will be praying for God‘s favor and blessing over all of you! Proverbs 18:10 says… “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” May the Lord be your Strong Tower and may you run to Him daily in prayer and in trust! God bless all of you!

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  3. We are praying for you. The Holy Spirit continues to bring you to my mind our heart. Our small group of women met tonight and prayed for you. May each of you know that our Lord sees you and loves you.

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  4. Any comment I make seems so insignificant compared to what you are experiencing. But this I share, that Jesus promises to be an ever present help in times of trouble. And where two or more our gathered together in His name, He is there. My prayer is that He will shield and protect, that those who do not know Jesus, will find Him now and that God Himself would intervene on the behalf of the precious people of the Ukraine. You are all on my heart and mind and you are not alone.

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  5. My heart goes out to you in prayer, with my wife. My ancestors came from the Volga area to this Country in 1906. Even in wartorn nations, the Good Shepherd is at work.

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  6. A prayer for all the oppressed:
    Psalm 31:1-5
    In YOU O LORD we take refuge; let us never be put to shame; deliver us in YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; be our ROCK OF REFUGE, our STRONG FORTRESS to save us. Since YOU are our ROCK and our FORTRESS, for the sake of YOUR NAME, lead and guide us. Keep us free from the trap set for us for YOU are our REFUGE. Into YOUR HANDS we commit our spirits; deliver us, for YOU are our FAITHFUL GOD .

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  7. We’re praying much for God’s safety and protection for Sergey, Victor Akhterov and the whole FEBC team there — and for the Lord to bring many in Ukraine to salvation during this crisis. We rejoice in knowing that our Sovereign God is in total control!
    The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
    He turns it wherever he wishes. (Proverbs 21:1)

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      Amen, we appreciate you lifting up the families of Sergey, Igor, Olesia and the rest of our broadcasters and listeners. This is a scary time, but yes, we know God is in control!

  8. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from Yahweh, which made heaven and earth.

    Mine eyes are ever toward Yahweh; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

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  9. Oh dear brothers and sisters, our hearts ache for you and we are praying for you. Praying for strength in the Hope we have that is never shaken. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13. Our hearts and prayers are with you <3

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  10. May the Lord keep watch over you my brothers and sisters during these difficult days. I pray for you, your churches, and your children that God will grant you peace. May the Lord give you strength and courage to declare the gospel and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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  11. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
    We are praying for the strength of the Lord to be your rearguard and that He will give the peace that passes understanding at this frightening time for you and your family.
    Sincerely meant
    Carla and Loren

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  12. We praise you ALMIGHTY GOD!
    We worship you! May the Believers in Ukraine dwell in your safety!
    Ps.125. Those who trust in the LORD are as unshakable, as unmovable
    as mighty Mount Zion! Ps.124:8 For the same God who made everything,
    our Creator and our mighty Maker, He Himslf is our Helper an Defender!
    Ps.123:4 LORD show us your mercy!
    LORD show us your grace!
    Please strengthen us to be strong in faith! Thank you Father.

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  13. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.1-peter-5-10
    We love you and keep praying for you.

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  14. What can we do? PRAY !
    What does Our Mighty God do? Hears ours prayers and answers them in the best way for all.
    The best we do by praying for you is to remember you in our prayers and see God work.
    May His mercy, love, and grace be your comfort.

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  15. All this is far beyond us to comprehend and respond to. But it is not foreign to our Lord…He knows and hears our prayers for you all. We put our Trust in Him. We pray w/o ceasing.

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  16. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” We are fervently praying! May God protect you!

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  17. We in The USA state of Ga. praying for all of that area, But remember God is in control, ask that his will be done. Sometimes you can not fell his presents but he is all ways with you where ever you may be.

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  18. Prayed so hard that war would not come to Ukraine, but it has. We do not understand God’s ways they are higher than our ways. I know that He loves you and the people of Ukraine. Praying for your safety and to feel the presence and comfort of the Lord as you face these times. Sending up many prayers for all Ukrainians, but especially for the Christians and for all your staff and families. Praying that many others would be drawn to God during this time.

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  19. It is Sunday here in Australia.
    Our little fellowship in far north Queensland will be taking you all to the throne of God both today and in the days to come.
    You are our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
    We support you in your suffering.
    God is with you in the darkness.

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  20. Praying from the USA for your physical safety, for God’s supernatural peace to protect your hearts and minds, and that the Gospel continues to be preached and heard through your ministry. Praying that through this crisis, many people turn to Jesus as their help, comfort and Savior! Know that many are praying for Ukraine. May God bless you for the risks you are taking with your radio ministry!

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  21. Will be having special prayer time at our Home Fellowship Group on Tuesday night. So thankful for the courage and dedication of the FEBC team in Ukraine to proclaim Jesus Christ, the way the truth and the life.
    Psalm 91:1- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

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      Thank you both for taking this up in prayer with your fellowship group. We are so grateful for all the prayer warriors like you who are taking this to the Lord.

  22. We continue to follow the news with sincere prayers for you. Our hope is that the Lord will carry you through this most difficult time. I also pray that through such time as this multitudes of people will find true salvation in Jesus, real life, eternal life. Some of these video clips where shown in our church yesterday. Many are praying for you.

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      Thank you so much Rudi, I know this must be a hard time for you as well to watch these events unfold, so thank you for saying that.

  23. I have been praying for my brothers and sisters in Ukraine for their safety and for the continued spread of the gospel of grace in Jesus ever since hearing of the invasion. Jesus will be magnified in these trying times so do not loose heart.

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  24. Praying for your nation and keeping tabs on new developments my church will find ways to continue to support your efforts and pray, donate to keep your ministry on the air in the Ukraine as is possible. I hope you continue to share stories like Igor’s story of 20 teens committing these lives to Christ. This is an encouragement to me and the ministry I oversee. We have many interested in the developments taking place. I also just received the monthly prayer calendar for March. You continued news has been keeping me growing in my faith and prayers. Be blessed and stay safe.

    In him,

    Robert

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      Yes of course, Robert, we will continue to share all the stories we receive from Ukraine, God is doing a great work there, even with the conflict raging, souls are being won for Christ.

  25. God will not forsake us or leave us. he has a heavenly home prepared for those who believe.
    Absent from the body will be present with the Lord
    Praise God
    Blessings on all who believe
    Blessings on your men and women that stay behind to fight for your country
    This to shall pass

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  26. Praying for God’s peace to reign in your hearts and minds, and that you would experience Him carrying you through this difficult time.

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  27. Our nonprofit organization is praying for you all, our volunteers are praying, as well as friends and family. Everyone is so sad by what is happening! Jesus will be your guide and strength! A lot of times it’s hard to understand the suffering and sadness,
    God is in control and His will be done. God bless you all you courageous Christians!

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  28. Isaiah 35:4 … say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.”…. whether in this life or in eternity, may the people of the Ukraine know that Almighty God sees them, hears them, and loves them. But my prayer for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ, all those yet to know what Him, the innocent little ones… would be covered by His wings and protected by His righteous right hand. My heart and my spirit is with them. Protect them Heavenly Father.

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  29. We are daily praying for all our christian brethren and the people of Ukraine. You are not alone as the Lord gives you the strength and boldness to witness of His love.

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  30. We are calling on the Believers in our nation of Trinidad and Tobago to interceed for Ukraine. As Hosea 10:12 says: it is time to seek the Lord till He comes and rain righteousness on you.

  31. My heart breaks for you. Many in my church, First Baptist Atlanta, GA, USA, were on our knees this morning praying for you. We pray for your strength, your hope in God, and your safety. We pray for a miracle to stop Putin. We pray for many to be saved. God is a very present help in trouble. We love you.

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      Thank you for lifting this up in your church, Joy. We need more and more voices lifting up these concerns. Only God can heal the people of Ukraine.

  32. Having preached in numerous churches in Kiev, my heart goes out to you dear brothers and sisters. My wife and I are praying earnestly for your protection. Safety is not the absence of danger but the presence of the Lord who I more than able to protect you, help you and relief you of fear.

    God bless and protected each one of you.

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  33. Let us all continue to lift up Rev. Sergery and the other Ukranians still in that Country, in our fervent prayers and financial support. Ask God to allow the relocated radio stations to continue broadcasting, without interruption too, continue to give hope and reassurance that God Love’s Them regardless of the circumstances and timing of this tragedy. The Citizens of Ukraine must be able to dispel the evil propaganda that the Russian Govt. broadcasts into The unsaved Ukranian and throughout the Russian Airwaves to their People. Our prayer is that a cease fire can be hammered out very soon. We don’t understand, but our true God is in control. Blessings and health to all affected.

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  34. What has happened? No updates since Mar.19. We are praying for you all. Jesus will be with you always. Trust him. Praying for your peace, protection and provision.

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      Thanks for commenting Karen, we have several updates that are coming in today and in the coming days. Thanks for continuing to monitor this

  35. I found your page recently while searching to know more about the Church in Ukraine, as I wanted to pray for you. And I will keep praying for you; may the Lord gives you strenght and peace in these troubled times.
    “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
    Blessings from Argentina!

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  36. We have been praying for the people of Ukraine and the work of FEBC in Ukraine during our time of Prayer for Others in our church service at Te Puru, Thames Coast, New Zealand. We honour you all for your faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ as you live each day during this horrific war. We pray that you will be kept by the power of God, that you will be given wisdom each day, that His peace which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, and that His indescribable joy will be your strength. Above all we pray that in this time of war God will glorify His Name.

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