Ceasefire in Ukraine will pave way for Outreach.

Ukraine (MNN Greg Yoder)— It took about 17 hours, but a
ceasefire agreement has been reached in Ukraine.
The German/French-brokered deal is just the
beginning of what all parties say is a long
diplomatic road ahead.

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President Vladimir Putin
was the first to announce the deal, but he also said
there are still many issues facing the region.
While the ceasefire has been agreed to, President
of Mission Eurasia (formerly Russian Ministries)
Sergey Rakhuba says, “The ceasefire will actually
go into effect on the 15th of February. Even as
we’re speaking, there are still battles taking place.
People are still dying because of the shelling.”
Andre Murzin, assistant director of the Masters in
Biblical Counseling program at Kiev Theological
Seminary, says, “We put our trust in God, knowing
that God controls everything. God controls all the
kings, presidents–their hearts, intentions and their
plans.”
Murzin says there is a mixture of hope and
hopelessness in Ukraine, and Christians are asking
an important question. “What should our role be in
this war situation: chaplains only, or serve in the
army? Some of my Christian friends have received
draft notices.”
The uncertainty and increasing violence is making
it difficult for the average person in eastern
Ukraine. Rakhuba says their extensive church
network is providing hope. “When bullets are flying
around and the shells are falling on roofs of homes,
in the midst of all of this they all of a sudden see
young people bringing a load of food to people who
are trapped there.”
Rakhuba says it’s not just about physical
assistance. Young people also “bring them
Scripture, they bring them food, they bring them
encouragement. In the midst of this crisis, we
believe the church can bind up the wounds of
society, helping physically and spiritually.”
Rakhuba is asking you to pray that the ceasefire
will hold and that churches can again provide aid
for war victims. Those churches that are involved
in reaching out to refugees are growing as people
“see how the church is actually the place of
refuge. So, we definitely see the church using an
opportunity in Ukraine to bring the Gospel to their
society.”

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