Ukrainian Baptists ask Southern Baptists to join them in prayer for their nationcomment (0)
April 3, 2014
Pray for Ukraine. That’s what Baptist Union of Ukraine President Vyacheslav Nesteruk asked of Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee (EC), and Baptists in the United States during a recent phone conversation.
Roger S. Oldham, EC vice president for convention communications and relations, said, “In the conversation, Page expressed his prayer support and his intention to call on all Southern Baptists to pray for our Baptist brothers and sisters in Ukraine as they minister to a nation in crisis,” Oldham noted.
Page noted that Nesteruk specifically asked Southern Baptists to pray:
1. That there would be no war in Ukraine, but peace.
2. That there would be a sense of peace in the hearts of Ukrainian people, rather than a sense of unrest or anxiety.
3. For the economic situation, as sanctions imposed by Russia have already begun making life difficult in Ukraine.
4. Most of all, that people would be open to the gospel and actively seek the gospel during these troubled times.
An unidentified Baptist worker in Ukraine who facilitated the phone conversation stated that it is “indeed a special spiritual time” in Ukraine, Oldham related.
“Almost all of the Ukrainian Baptist churches have been joining in special prayer for the nation,” the worker said. “In fact, many have begun gathering in their city squares, hundreds at a time, for a concentrated time of prayer in their locations. In one location over 100 men had begun gathering for prayer every morning at 7 a.m. in eastern Ukraine and (there were reports) of the same happening in western Ukraine.”
The Baptist worker also stated that for the first time since the early ‘90s, when restrictions against evangelism were eased, that “people are again very open to a gospel witness.”