Ukrainian President Turns to American Pastors for Help Rebuilding Nation
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Sep 19
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukraine is committed to freedom and asked that others join the country in promoting freedom.
"It's impossible to imagine how I am feeling right now—how symbolic is the unity of the United States Congress and solidarity with Ukraine. This is exactly what Ukraine needs most right now—unity and solidarity, not only with the United States, the United States Congress, but with the whole world,” he said.
The American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer said Poroshenko’s speech was an important message.
"The president's speech [Thursday] morning to Congress appealed to the one body of leaders who have it within their power to advance the cause of freedom or fuel the fires of tyranny," Rohrer says. "He didn't say, 'Fight our battles for us,' he asked for help with the tools necessary for them to fight the battle—that in reality is our battle today.
"Ukraine's quest for freedom is reminiscent of the voice of our Founders who, generations ago, appealed to the God of heaven to hear their prayers to build a new nation that would be a shining city on a hill. The question is, will we in America stand by them and let our light shine so theirs does not flame out?"
Publication date: September 19, 2014