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Tensions rise in Ukraine as pro-Russian activists occupy government buildings in Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv, three eastern cities of Ukraine. On April 9, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov, has given a 48 hour warning to the pro-Russian activists to enter into political discussion or face force. Despite this, pro-Russian activists move forward and formed the “People’s Republic of Donetsk,” and have held a conference with journalists to discuss their still-unrecognized republic. These next 48 hours will be filled with tension and anticipation as the world watches to find out what comes next.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 exhorts us to offer “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings… for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” (ESV) In light of this, please pray earnestly for Ukraine. Pray for Ukraine’s leaders, for Russia’s President Putin, for the U.N. authorities, and for President Obama, that God would supply wisdom and godly discernment to these leaders. Remember also that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) As such, we should pray for national leaders with respect.
Pray for the people of Ukraine who have suffered protests and civil discord, that God would supply strength and endurance. Pray especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine, that our Lord Jesus would fill them with peace and hope in Him, and that they will receive strength and endurance to be salt and light in a very dark time.
FEBC continues to broadcast in Russia and Ukraine, and we are determined to faithfully broadcast the Gospel and Bible-centered messages. God is good, and even in the midst of chaos, He uses FEBC broadcasts to bring Ukrainians to the saving knowledge of Jesus, as well as to strengthen the saints ministering to their people. Please continue to keep FEBC in your prayers as well, that we would be able to continue broadcasting the Gospel of Jesus in Ukraine.
Our prayer: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13