PRAYING FOR UKRAINE

PRAYING FOR UKRAINE

Thank you for signing up to pray for those effected by the current events in the Ukraine.  Below you will find multiple prayer requests.  Please use this as a guide and add to these requests as the Lord leads you during your time of prayer.

 

We pray this page will encourage you in your relationship with Jesus and inspire you to be involved in the mission HE is doing through FBCR.

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God is re-shaping our world to accomplish His mission. No person, nation, nor event will deter Him from accomplishing His redemptive purpose.

 

Father, may your Kingdom come, may your will be done in Ukraine as it is in Heaven.

 

God is at work in the Ukraine. The Ukrainian crisis is ultimately a spiritual battle between good and evil that requires a spiritual response. Pray for Pastors, Churches , and our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the Ukraine to be salt and light in the darkness and to be strengthened and stand firm.

 

Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the darkness, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

 

Millions of people in Ukraine are in danger. They are resisting the Russian aggression in the streets and are hunkered down in the basements of their homes and apartments and in subway tunnels converted to bomb shelters.

 

Maryna M is a who young woman  lives in the Chernihiv, a city in northern Ukraine that was bombed Thursday. An apartment building less than 1 km from her was hit and 30 people killed. She told  her Christian friend that “while waiting for sanctions to make a difference, we will die.”  Hear the desperation in her plea for help.  Pray for Maryna  and thousands like her who need Jesus, the living hope of our world, in their lives. 

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The greatest humanitarian and refugee crisis in Europe since WW II is underway as over 1.5 million Ukraines in the last ten days have fled their country by bus, train, airplane, car and on foot seeking to escape the accelerating Soviet aggression.  The majority of the refugees are women and children since most Ukraine men 18-60 are not allowed to leave in defense of the country causing traumatic family separations.  They are all ages, from days old infants to grandmothers and include the sick, the well, the widows and the orphans.

 

Pray for their safety as they travel, often with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing or what they can carry in a single suitcase. Pray not only for their physical health but their emotional and psychological health because of the trauma they are experiencing.

 

Praise God for the outpouring of care and concern and the hospitality of the people of Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Germany and other countries in Europe as they are welcoming these strangers into their cities and homes.

 

Pray for Andrey and Svetlana Y. and their children Christina, Anna, Ksusha, and Timothy, ages 4-10, whose home was in Lviv.  They made the arduous trip to the Polish border but Andrey was not allowed to leave Ukraine  and returned to Lviv. Svetlana and the children crossed  the border and are living in a borrowed apartment where last week Timothy celebrated his 4th birthday without his Father.

 

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the terrible God, Who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger or temporary resident and gives him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger and sojourner, for you were strangers and sojourners in the land of Egypt.

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PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING BY KEY WORLD LEADERS SEEKING A RESOLUTION TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS.

 

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

(I Timothy 2:1-4)

 

On the surface, the Ukrainian crisis appears to be a war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine but in our 21st century deeply interconnected world, there are multiple layers of political, economic, geographical and social relationships that make it a global crisis centered in Europe.   While the physical devastation is apparent in Ukraine, the implications of it are being felt throughout the world.

 

Pray for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the bold leadership he is providing to the people of Ukraine.  Thank God for his example of courage, integrity, and dedication to his country that he is demonstrating to the world.  Pray for his safety and that of his family and key advisors in his government. Pray for his physical and emotional stamina and ability to make wise decisions amidst the unceasing pressure of leading Ukraine in this crucial moment.

 

Pray for President Joe Biden as he leads the United States’ response to this crisis and support for Ukraine.  Pray that  U.S. diplomatic, military and economic advisors and political leaders will be united in their wise advise and counsel to him in seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

 

Pray for the multiple leaders of European countries and alliances as they make decisions about the safety and defense of their own countries, the welcome and care of Ukraine refugees,  and adjusting to the realities of a new  Europe.  Pray especially for the leaders of Poland, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia whose countries are being overwhelmed with refugees.  Pray for continued unity among the free nations of Europe in the opposition to the Russian aggression.

 

Pray for Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately end the evil war in Ukraine. Pray that God will speak to him and deal with him as only God can.

 

I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-45)

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According to UNICEF,  one million children have fled Ukraine over the last ten days and an estimated 4,000 new babies have been born including hundreds in makeshift maternity wards in underground shelters.  Many of the children fleeing are unaccompanied.  Their parents or family members have stayed in Ukraine and sent them away for safety and are now unaccounted for  or were killed.  About 100,000 children, half of them with disabilities, who remain are living in institutions and boarding schools that are at risk, as schools, orphanages, homes and hospitals had all come under attack. In some parts of the country and especially in the southeast city of Mariupol  occupied now by Russian troops, families and their children are without food, water or electricity.  Pray for the children of this tragedy.  Pray for their safety, their physical needs for food and shelter.  Pray for their emotional needs and the trauma they are experiencing from being separated from parents, the sounds of bombs and the world they have known is being destroyed.

 

Baptist leaders and churches in Ukraine and surrounding countries have mobilized and are ministering to the now almost 2 million people who have fled their homes.  Pray for the Baptist Unions of Poland, Slovakia, Moldova, Ukraine, Latvia and Hungary and their response.  Pray for a new Baptist church in Zolotanasha located about two hours south of Kyiv whose Pastor, wife and two children have remained and are meeting with people for prayer and worship every day.

 

Diana D. is a young woman living in Kyiv and a former student of Allison Ware in one of her ESL classes several years ago.  Diana, her husband, mother and baby have been staying with her “Granny” in a town outside of Kyiv but have made the painful decision to leave for an adjacent country.  Not a believer, in recent days Diana has reached out to Allison in a  series of text messages.  With Allison’s permission, read the following excerpts and hear the desperation in Diana’s words.

Feb. 24:     Allison, please pray about Ukraine.  I am so scared.  I am Diana from Kyiv.  I was studying in your class.

 

Feb. 25:     Thanks a lot, Allison. I really appreciate that you encourage other people to support Ukraine. We are on the way somewhere from Kyiv with our baby.  God, we couldn’t listen to the bombs anymore.

 

March 8:     I am next to Kyiv in granny’s house but it’s not very safe here.  Baby [2 years old], my mum,  but probably husband can’t go with us.  I would like to ask maybe you know where it’s possible to stay – maybe in your friend’s house or organization who can help all over the world in case if I run away from the country. …..I am really in despair.

 

Allison has been able to connect Diana with her son, Jonathan who lives in Berlin and he has three offers of places to stay for Diana, her Mother and baby.

Pray for Diana, her Mother and child as they leave Ukraine and make their way to Germany.  Pray for their safety and also that of her Granny and husband who will remain behind.  Thank God for the ministry of Allison Ware and the compassion of her son Jonathan. Pray that in this journey, Diana will come to understand how deeply God loves her and that He will become her refuge.

Pray for the thousands of other Diana’s to encounter the same transformation.

 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, My  refuge and my fortress. My God, in whom I trust!”   Psalm 91:1-2

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Twelve cities in Ukraine hold the key to the nation’s effort to repel the Russian invasion.  Located in the North, South and East, four of them have fallen and are under Russian control.  Another eight are in the path of Russian troops and the target of intensive air strikes including the civilian populations.  Pray for these cities by name.  Pray for the men, women and children  who live in them and for those who have chosen to remain in their homes and those who are trapped and cannot leave.  Pray that their defenses will hold. Pray for their protection from the misslies, bombs, tanks and troops and that they will find places of safe refuge. Pray that they will have access to basic food, water, and electricity.

 

Pray that God’s people in these cities will stand firm in their faith as they face the invasion and be filled with the peace of God, if not the peace of man.

 

These cities are already under Russian control:     Konotop in the North, Kherson in the Southwest, Berdiansk in the Southeast and Melitopol in the South.

 

These cities are under attack and key to the strategic defense of the capitol, Kyiv:     Dnipro, a city of 980,000 people in Central Ukraine; Kharkiv, a city of 1.4 million in the Northeast;Mykolaiv, a city of 476,00 ion the Southeast near the South Ukraine nuclear plant; Cherniihiv, a city of 285,000 North of Kyiv; Sumy, a city of 259,000 in the Northeast; Irpin, a strategic suburb of 40,000 North of Kyiv; and Kyiv, a city of 2.9 million and the capitol of Ukraine.

 

Look on the right hand [the point of attack] and see; for there is no man who knows me [to appear for me]. Refuge has failed me and I have no way to flee; no man cares for my life or my welfare.  I cried to You, O Lord; I said, You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.  Psalms 142:4-5

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PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF KYIV

 

The people of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capitol, have spent their recent nights in subway stations for protection and their days preparing for the encroaching arrival of Russian troops. While fear is rising, so too is their resolve to heed the call of President Zelensky  and defend their city and country. The urban warfare in Kyiv, a city of 2.9 million people, is expected to be protracted and difficult. Its citizens are making Molotov cocktails, sewing camouflage nets for barricades, building road blocks and even painting over traffic signs in an attempt to confuse the invading forces. Over 18,000 residents have been issued weapons and ammunition. Kyiv will be the defining battle for the heart and soul of Ukraine.

 

Pray that God would put a hedge of protection around the people of Kyiv, especially Ukrainian President Zelensky and other key government leaders, and the loss of life would be minimal.

Pray that critical infrastructure such as power grids and hospitals will not be disrupted and food and water supplies will remain available.

Pray that God’s people in Kyiv would be beacons of light in the coming darkness as they minister to others. May they be able to say boldly Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.

 

O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You…thus says the LORD to you, Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but Gods.    2 Chronicles 20:12,15

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AT THE NAME OF JESUS, “TELL ME MORE!”

 

The Gospel flourishes in seasons of disruption, times of persecution and suffering and crises that result in large scale migration.   This has been true in biblical history and it is true in Ukraine and eastern Europe in recent weeks and months.  According to an official of the Ukrainian Bible Society, “As is often the case in challenging times, people in Ukraine are more open to the gospel than ever. Churches are filled with people wanting to pray, receive comfort and find community.  We printed Bibles for 2022 and the stock in our warehouse is almost gone.”  The hunger for people to find the living hope of Jesus is pervasive. Leaders in touch with Christian workers on the ground in Ukraine report that even the mention of Jesus’ name draws interest and people’s response  is “Tell me more!”

 

Pray that the window of opportunity  in this season of harvest in the Ukraine and eastern Europe would not be lost.

Pray that the churches and God’s people in Ukraine will be bold in their witness for  Christ.

Pray that churches and God’s people in other parts of Europe who are ministering to the exploding numbers of refugees will be sensitive to their search for the peace and hope that is found only in Jesus.

 

From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isnt far away from any of us.  Acts 17:26-27

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LIVING IN A CLARIFYING MOMENT

 

We began this journey of praying for Ukraine by focusing on the truth that our missional God is re-shaping the world to accomplish His redemptive mission.  Three weeks ago in his sermon, Pastor Ellis spoke about “clarifying moments” — those times in our lives that re-order our values and affections so that our hearts weep for the things that are on God’s heart.  Such moments change everything and the speed at which our world has changed in the past eighteen days is dizzying.  We have been thrust into one of those clarifying moments in history that is the intersection of kairos, a unique moment in Divine history, and chronos or human history.  This is a time when we as followers of Jesus look beyond the horizon and what we are seeing on our television, computer and phone screens and the headlines of our newspaper to pray for a larger perspective of what our missional God is doing and then ask what must be our response as the body of Christ and as us personally.  One member of our church put it this way in an email on Friday, “My personal prayer in all of this is looking at my life and discerning how these events should change me.

 

Let us pray that the Spirit of God would sweep across Ukraine, through Europe and to the ends of the earth, and yes, even across Russia.

Let us pray that God, as only He can, would touch and transform the heart of Vladimir Putin from a heart of stone to a heart for Him.

Let us pray for peace in the cities and towns of Ukraine and God’s peace in the hearts of people around the world.

 

Father, may Your Kingdom come, may Your will be done in Ukraine as it is in Heaven.

ALLISON’S HEART FOR UKRAINE

 

Allison Ware, a FBCR member and one of our missionary partners has a heart for the people of Ukraine. That is no stronger than right now with the current threats to their safety and security.

 

Allison and the team at Michael Gott International returned to Ukraine last September for the first time since early 2020. They were excited to get back for English Language Evangelism Events in Lviv and Dnipro.  The team conducts multiple sessions each day and through questions asked by the students Michael Gott presents a gospel message in each session the second week.

 

God worked mightily on this trip.  The team had never seen the students listen as intently, hanging on to every word of the gospel.  They were able to complete the events just before Ukraine started closing public gatherings due to a rise in COVID.  The first ever hybrid event occurred in Dnipro. Twenty teachers in the US zoomed with Ukrainian students from every corner of Ukraine.  Besides their small group lesson, the Zoom students connected during the opening and closing large group times of the live events.  And God showed up in many other ways.

 

You can hear more exciting details directly from Allison at our next Meet the Missionary event on Sunday March 20th at 11:00AM in the Worship Center.  If you’d like to register, CLICK HERE today! She would love to have some of our church family On Mission with her – in Ukraine when it is safe again or from home as a Zoom teacher.

 

Please pray for:

  • protection for the country of Ukraine in this dark time
  • protection and strength for the believers so they are bright lights for the Lord
  • protection for the students and open their hearts to Christ
  • Zoom teachers – that their love for Christ shines through and their students feel the love and care the teachers have for them

PRAYING FOR MISSIONS

 

  • Pray for all our missions partners, locally and beyond, that they may be healthy and safe during these times.

 

  • Pray that God will give all of us eyes to see the opportunity of making an intentional connection with the people He puts in our path.

 

  • Pray for protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine and neighboring nations and courage for them to stand firm in their faith in Jesus.

MISSION ALERTS

 

  • Join us for Meet the Missionary with Allison Ware on Sunday March 20th at 11:00AM in the Worship Center

Your Missions Team:

Ron Evans, Pastor; Christi Vaupel, Assistant

Carol Childress, Chair; Carol Riley, Vice-Chair

Shandra Blevins, Pamela Culbertson, Jim Trainor, Kathy Petre, Reuben Pratt

Ann Hampton (ex-officio), Joanne Isaacson (ex-officio)

Contact us at missions@fbcr.org

Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the darkness, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.