Protest laws scrapped: Church in Ukraine still divided

By January 28, 2014
The church in Ukraine is using this tent to reach out to protestors.

Ukraine (MNN) — Ukrainian protesters have won a victory. The country’s Parliament has voted to rescind draconian anti-protesting laws that has infuriated protesters last week. The legislation was rammed through parliament With little warning and cause civil unrest go swell.

Once confined to Kiev, it’s now spreading to the pro-Russian part of the country. According to multiple news reports, protesters have seized municipal buildings in towns across the country. It’s affecting the church in Ukraine.

President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba says thousands marched in southeast Ukraine. “In my hometown, Zaporizhia, over 10,000 people showed up in Central Square, and they were trying to storm the building. They were brutally beaten. I was told the riot police were brutally hunting anyone on the streets and beating them cruelly.”

Ukraine is a country divided. The West favors freedom and is pro-Europe. The East aligns itself with Russia. That division has affected every part of Ukrainian society. Some workers favor the protesters, while others favor the government.

That same division is also impacting the church in Ukraine, says Rakhuba. The young support the protestors. The old say “yield to authority.”

The church in Ukraine is using this tent to reach out to protestors.

The church in Ukraine is using this tent to reach out to protesters.

Despite the division, Rakhuba says Ukraine is poised for revival. They crave the Gospel. “100,000 copies of the Gospel of John in the Ukrainian language that we printed a week ago are already gone. That’s why they ask–they beg us–now to print another 100,000, maybe even 200,000 copies of the Gospel of John.”

Rakhuba says, “We know, traditionally, that nations in turmoil are a lot more open to the truth. That’s what we want. We want the church to be equipped and really be the light and salt in their communities.”

Reconciliation is the key to that. Russian Ministries is already training pastors, lay leaders, and next generation leaders.


  • I have been praying fervently for Ukraine and have worked to establish disciples who will make disciples there. One thing I wonder is about the statement that you are printing copies in Ukrainian, which is so great. Though that language is known, of course, all throughout Ukraine, because many in the east concentrate on the Russian language more than the Ukrainian language are there plans to produce more copies in Russian as well for those people in the Russian language dominated portions of Ukraine?

  • We pray earnestly for the Christians of Ukraine.

  • We are praying for all of you there. Please keep us posted as to how we may pray more effectively

  • We in Nigeria believe that God is at work in Ukraine because He is at this season shaking His creation. He will do what He wants to do to glorify His name.Job 42:2. God bless Ukraine & her inhabitants. Amen

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