Eastern Europe Update: Invasion of Ukraine
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched its current invasion into Ukrainian territory, creating an immediate need for obtaining and transporting humanitarian aid and medical supplies, in addition to rescuing and caring for refugees. MIWC Eastern Europe shifted its ministry focus to meeting these needs.
As the attacks continue, team members remain committed to these goals in addition to using their musical abilities to bring hope, peace, joy, and the truth of God’s salvation to their country. Please continue to pray for Ukraine and the Believers who are serving and bringing aid, comfort, and the light and love of Jesus to all they meet.
We have recently reached out and started a Music in World Cultures prayer team – individuals willing to consistently pray for God to work in and through MIWC ministries. We invite you join this important ministry team. Click on the Get Involved button on the top bar and let us know to include you! Thank you!
As the crisis persists, it is easy to stop asking for God to intervene, but we are thankful for all the signs that people are still praying and giving! God is at work! We are grateful for you because you allow MIWC in Ukraine to be a light for Christ and to minister to so many. Destruction, grief, and anxiety are everywhere, but so are opportunities to bless and tell people about Jesus. Thank you for giving and for praying. Слава Богу!
WHERE WE ARE
- Ukraine is the hub for MIWC ministries in Eastern Europe. From Kyiv, our ministries reach throughout Ukraine into Moldova, Belarus, the Russian Federation, and into Central Asia and Caucasia.
- At 42 million people, Ukraine is the largest European country. It is politically stable, but war-torn and still struggles with dependence on Russia. Much of the country identifies as Orthodox and widespread distrust of Evangelical believers exist.
- Local MIWC Ukraine leaders have been busy preparing the next generation of leaders, sending them into Georgia and Tajikistan.
WHAT WE DO
MIWC’s first long-term field project began in Ukraine in 1997. Its original goals were practical, due to poor economic conditions post-Soviet rule. They included improving Christian musicians’ skills, teaching business practices, creating opportunities for church outreach, and preparing the next generation of music and worship leadership for church health and growth.
Currently, MIWC Ukraine is very active continuing to educate future leaders. Annual summer youth music camps are now led exclusively by Ukrainians and camp locations are continually being added.
The ministry is strongly engaged in supporting military troops, churches, and families in the war-torn areas of the country, while also increasing ministry activity in the Chernobyl region, Kyiv’s inner city, and in Georgia and Belarus via music missionaries.