Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Change in Ukraine

Just in case you haven't seen this news, I wanted to post about what has happened in Ukraine these past few days. It is so significant, and must be credited to the Lord as He is at work there.

Quoting from Christianity Today this is what they wrote:

Oleksandr Turchynov, a well-known Baptist pastor and top opposition politician in Ukraine, took office on Sunday, Feb. 23, as acting president after the Parliament voted to oust President Yanukovych.

Monday night in Kiev, Turchynov, 49, spoke publicly for the first time since taking office as acting president. According to an unofficial translation, he said, "Unprecedented cruelty and brutality of the dictatorial regime did not stop citizens. They selflessly gave their lives to defend their rights—and won.

"Our first task today is to stop the confrontation, to regain control … to ensure peace and tranquility, to prevent new victims, local rivalries and lynchings. Another priority is returning to European integration. We must return to the European family. We recognize the importance of relations with the Russian Federation, and are ready for dialogue with the Russian leadership to build relations with this country on a new, truly equitable and good-neighborly basis, which implies recognition of accounting Ukraine's European choice."

Please pray for this man as you finish reading this. It is no small task that has been put upon him. Yet we know that God has placed this mantle on him for a season.

May a new season of justice, uprightness and truth come to this country. And most important, may there be an openness to the Gospel like never before.

**Full Christianity Today article HERE

**Excellent blog post by our JV teammate, Kristy Williams, HERE

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