Eastern Europe Update: Invasion of Ukraine
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, created an immediate need for the transportation of refugees, humanitarian aid, and medical supplies. MIWC Eastern Europe shifted its ministry focus to meeting these needs. Please continue to visit this page for up-to-date prayer requests and information.
Updated May 22, 2022
- Pray for an end to this invasion.
- Pray for endurance and safety for MIWC's local team as they continue to minister. They are traveling thousands of miles each week and separation from their families is difficult.
- Pray for opportunities to share the hope and truth of Jesus as practical needs are being met.
- Pray: MIWC President Steve Benham and a church friend are visiting Poland and Ukraine this week. Pray for their safety, for their opportunity to encourage the Ukrainian team, and for the logistics of delivering the medical and humanitarian aid they brought with them.
- Pray for ongoing support in order to continue providing food and medical aid. Each week, 600 meals are canned and delivered to the front lines. Fuel is scarce and expensive and medical aid is running $2000-$3000 a week.
- Pray for local pastors who live in conflict zones: for their safety, for perseverance, and for the ability to minister effectively to their congregations. Pray for pastors in Poland, the Baltics, and other neighbor countries who are ministering to refugees.
- Pray specifically for the areas where MIWC has active ministry: Ivankiv, Katyuzhanka, Bucha, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, and Kharkiv.
- Pray for the leadership teams (in the US and in Ukraine) as they seek to be wise in how they prioritize requests asking for aid. There is so much need!
- Pray: vehicles are incredibly important for distributing aid and the process for getting them into the country is constantly changing. The backup at the border is sometimes as long as 4 days now; the recently donated ministry vehicle (to be used locally in Ivankiv) remains stuck in Poland.
Each day, there are more signs of God at work even in the midst of horror and destruction. We remain so grateful for you and the partnership and prayers that allow MIWC in Ukraine to be a light for Christ and to minister to so many. God is providing opportunities to love, to share His truth, and to meet needs in such a way that hearts are being changed. Thank you for giving and for praying. To God alone be the glory.
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.