Music In World Cultures Releases Statement on Ukraine
March 1, 2014
It is easy to oversimplify and characterize MIWC’s work as solely a “music ministry.”
And while it is true that the majority of MIWC’s news reports focus on the incredible efforts of our teams to provide music and leadership training, education and outreach, from the beginning, MIWC has been an organization concentrated on much more. Our work focuses on protecting and defending local cultures and endangered people groups and their languages, while preserving ethnic heritage, with the idea that all nations may worship God in their own tongue.
This is why Ukraine is so important. For centuries, foreign nations have attempted to exterminate the Ukrainian language, culture, history and people.
In spite of this, Ukraine has survived for nearly 1,500 years. MIWC’s strategic focus in Eastern Europe has been on Ukraine, precisely because it stands at the crossroads of East and West. Through Ukraine, MIWC has worked to preserve, defend and protect ethnic culture and evangelical Christianity throughout Eurasia.
Through Ukraine, MIWC has worked to preserve, defend and protect ethnic culture and evangelical Christianity throughout Eurasia.
The battle for Ukraine is not just about economics or geopolitics. It is, in essence, a battle to preserve the freedom to share the Gospel and to reach those who desperately need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
We do this through music. We do this through training. We do this through evangelism and outreach. And we have done this through supporting, training and equipping nationals in Ukraine and elsewhere for this incredible work.
That is why we work with children and devote resources to youth camps. We want children to know about Jesus and have access to music in their own language. It is always about preparing and equipping people in their own language and in their own culture to worship God. In the same way, we support the Russian people to worship God in their own language, as well as the people in Georgia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
MIWC calls upon Christians to unite in prayer for freedom in faith and freedom to share the Gospel in Eastern Europe. The Bible calls us to defend as in Isaiah 1:17, “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.”
Isaiah 1:17, “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.”
That is why justice is so important. Without the help of other countries, the United States would not have been able to gain its own independence.
Freedom is a responsibility that carries with it obligations.
If God has given us freedom, it is a blessing we must protect and preserve.