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SGA Prayer Alert: Ukraine Election Sunday

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

We’re asking you today for intercessory prayer in advance of the special presidential election in Ukraine set for this Sunday, May 25. To be clear, SGA does not endorse candidates, or take positions on political matters as a rule. Yet we are concerned with peace in all the former Soviet countries, and that evangelical churches will have ongoing freedom to worship and proclaim the Gospel.

The primary candidates in Ukraine’s election are Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire called the Chocolate King, who made most of his fortune in the confectionary industry. According to most polls, he is leading former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko, the other main candidate in the race. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich had imprisoned Ms. Timoshenko for more than two years on corruption charges that were widely viewed as politically motivated. She was released from prison in the midst of the unrest that eventually toppled the Yanukovich government. There are other candidates participating, but they are not expected to garner enough votes.

Poroshenko has—per media reports—pledged to work out twin paths of reconciliation with Russia and integration into the European Union. The current acting president—evangelical Baptist Alexander Turchynov—is not standing for election to a full term as president.

Acting President Alexander Turchynov is not a candidate for a full term as president in Sunday's vote.

Acting President Alexander Turchynov is not a candidate for a full term as president in Sunday’s vote.

It remains to be seen what will happen as the day of the vote gets closer. Some predict low turnout, especially in pro-Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine where well-armed militants control large sections of territory. The cities of Donetsk and Lugansk may not even open voting stations. Please pray with us for a peaceful vote, and for the Lord’s will to be done in the outcome.

Pray also for the evangelical churches of Ukraine as they strive to be reconcilers and peacemakers amid the tension. May the Lord protect our brothers and sisters as they proclaim the Gospel—the only true hope for ultimate peace. Find out how you could help the churches minister to the Crimean refugees and other crisis-impacted people through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund.

For our Savior,

Bob Provost
SGA President

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