Ukrainian Christians Gather in Prayer as Attack by Russia Looms
Ukrainian Christians are asking for prayers as Russia continues to threaten to attack Ukraine.
As Russia has placed more troops along the Ukraine-Russia border, many residents in the area are preparing to flee across western Ukraine.
According to reports, there are some 130,000 Russian troops at the border. In response, Ukrainian soldiers have also begun daily drills.
“People are worried, but we encourage them to look to Jesus with all of our might because it’s only through prayer that we can keep peace in our country,” Kyzmenko Dmytro, pastor of New Generation Church in Lviv, told CBN News.
He said 70 percent of his congregation is from eastern Ukraine.
“My heart right now is with my relatives I left behind in Donetsk: my mom, my sister and my grandmother, but they cannot leave this territory, and it breaks me,” said Katernyna Skudan, who managed to flee from Donetsk.
In Lviv, many Christians have gathered to pray together.
“As Christians and as people of God, it’s our job and our duty to pray for the whole world because our Lord wants peace,” said Timothy Adegbile, a Nigerian pastor from Christ Embassy Church.
Another told CBN News: “This is ultimately a fight for freedom.”
“(Ukrainian Christians) are forbidden from having church meetings together, but they still do it,” a pastor told reporters. “The truth is that it’s impossible to stop the church of Jesus Christ.”
Previously, U.S. Secretary of State Atony Blinken said that a Russian invasion could happen soon.
“We’re in the window when a Russian invasion could start at any time if President Putin so decides,” he said. “That includes in the coming days.”
According to reports over the weekend, talks between President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have failed to deescalate the situation.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.