An Urgent Request for Prayer

(from Bishop Vladimir Franchuk - translated from Ukrainian)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ , I just learned that today , November 12, 2014 a group of armed Russian saboteurs broke into the newly constructed building of the evangelical church in the city of Donetsk. Pastor of this church for many years is my my friend Alexander Zaitsev . These armed men seized the building and took away the keys to all locks, kicked believers who were inside the building to the street and categorically forbidden to hold any whatsoever worship in the church building. They literally said that if believers will gather again - all of them will be shot.

This is an event that happened today, adding a long series of other similar crimes taking place right now in the eastern territories of Ukraine, which are occupied by Russian fighters. Suffering with the people of Ukraine, the Evangelical Church of Ukraine is praying to God for mercy and have repeatedly bemoaned its first martyrs for Christ this year. Some church ministers have been kidnapped and their whereabouts are unknown , Some church buildings were confiscated, destroyed or desecrated. The threat of a wider war in the east of Ukraine grows and intensifies every day.

I ask all Christians to unite in intercessory prayer for the Church of Christ, which Satan stands in great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time to destroy the souls of men. We need to firmly hope in the Lord , which would prohibit devil to act.  Persecution of Christians in Rome did not stop - they continued, even today in some countries. Evangelical Christians today face the same in Eastern Ukraine. However, the persecution of true Christians only strengthens the church.  As one of the church fathers said, "The blood of the Christians – is the seed of the church.  The more they kill, the more they become! " .

We pray for peace in Ukraine - and firmly believe that not only peace will come on our land , but it is time to wake up to the great reconciliation of sinful men with a righteous and Holy God, who once gave His only begotten Son on the cross of Calvary, that we may not perish, but have everlasting life (John. 3:16)

Vladimir Franchuk

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