War in Ukraine
The breakout of war in Ukraine has been catastrophic for so many Ukrainians. While all too many have looked at the situation from a purely political and/or geopolitical point of view, there is much more to the story of Ukraine. In spite of the many political problems rife with sky-high corruption thanks to the communistic legacy of godlessness which left the former Soviet Union a spiritual wasteland and financially impoverished, underneath it all, Ukraine has quietly become one of the most religiously free countries of the world in which Protestant mission work thrived for more than 25 years now. As a missionary, I can vouch that this is indeed a very precious spiritual commodity difficult to find in today’s postmodern world of evolutionary pantheism, false progressivisms, nature worship, eastern mysticism, and nay even religious nihilism of various stripes in which legalism and restrictions galore are the primary order of the day.
In truth, such religious freedom is undoubtedly the main target of this horrible war coming from a more spiritual point of view that is ultimately anchored in the angelic conflict still going on in heaven which explains why much of the world is always in so much turmoil in one form or another. If there is warfare in heaven, which the Bible makes more than a few references to, then how can the earth be in peace – particularly along east-west divide which has always seemingly been at the forefront of global conflict since the times of Daniel the prophet? We thus need to fervently pray for Ukraine at this terrible time that it will indeed survive this current onslaught of darkness which has enveloped the breadbasket of Europe. We know many friends who have lost much in this war, not to mention all of other needs which have become so overwhelming since the war began.
Ukrainian War Relief
We put on a Christ our Substitute DM2 workshop seminar in the building blown up in the photo below as recently as 2019 in Irpin, Ukraine, where heavy battles were fought during the first part of the war. 70% of the city was damaged. The ‘Church of the New Square’ in Irpin, a church we have also worked with in the past, had its second story destroyed during the battle as pictured to the left.
If you would like to help support Ukraine’s hour of trial or even future recovery, please send checks to AREWF or use our online Paypal account that is detailed on our GIVE page. On your checks, designating individuals is illegal according to IRS rules, but you can designate particular locations on the memo of the check like Ukraine or Irpin or Lviv or Kyiv or Chernigiv, for example, and then add to it “humanitarian needs.” Any check designated to an individual will unfortunately have to be returned. If you use Paypal, write a personal email to us separately as well (see last page), and we will do our best to fulfill your humanitarian request(s) for Ukraine.
2 Corinthians 4:6 -11
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are
always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.