The world has watched on in horror as Russian bombs continue to send shockwaves throughout Ukraine.
But despite the terror and darkness – Ukrainian Christians are still worshiping Jesus.
The doors to the churches are open – and once you hear about their resilient faith and tenacity, you’re bound to be encouraged.
Things in Ukraine are dark.
Civilians and even children have lost their lives.
Families are being ushered underground into bomb shelters.
And Vladimir Putin shows no signs of slowing down his relentless attacks on the people of Ukraine.
But although the evil is real and palatable, it does not have the last word.
And Christians in Ukraine are showing that their love and faith in Jesus is stronger than the hate of their enemies.
Christian Broadcasting Network News’ senior international correspondent George Thomas is currently on the ground in Ukraine to report firsthand what is happening.
He shares that the people of Ukraine have a courageous “fighting spirit” of determination.
And for the Christians in Ukraine, instead of cowering in fear – they continue to publicly worship and praise Jesus.
“The pastor of the church, in essence, set the tone for this past Sunday,” Thomas said. “He got up and said, ‘As we worship and come into a time of praise and worship, that all of the songs we sing today, we sing keeping in mind what is going on today in our nation. And as we storm the gates of heaven with our praise … we are in essence storming the gates of heaven for peace as well.’”
Thomas said the church service was “very moving” and that congregants — including some who had fled from other areas of Ukraine — were fully engaged from the front row to the back.”
Thomas also reported that the church staff are living out their faith and helping people in a tangible way.
Even while their precious country is under attack, they are doing everything they can to help displaced families – including providing food and shelter for them.
This is what it means to be the body of Christ.
Satan wants to use despair and fear to paralyze Christians – but for those of us in Christ, we can boldly live out our faith and remember the words of Paul: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
People who don’t know Jesus are desperate for answers – and praise God they are turning to Him.
Ukrainians are buying so many Bibles – stores are sold out and asking for more!
Let’s remember to faithfully pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and that they may glorify God through their faith and love for Him.
If you’d like to see a brief clip of Ukrainians worshiping Christ – check it out below.
Despite the anguish and turmoil of Russia’s war, Ukrainian Christians remain steadfast, vowing to preach the unending, compassionate & redeeming love of Christ. Take heart, your prayers are being heard. God is moving powerful on their behalf! #StandWithUkraine #PrayForUkraine pic.twitter.com/9OxPNTTIsu
— George Thomas (@GTReporting) February 27, 2022
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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