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Ukraine: President-Elect Takes Office June 7

Evangelical Churches Focus on Crisis Response Ministry

This Saturday, June 7, has been officially set for the inauguration of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president. Mr. Poroshenko won the presidency in a special election held on May 25. The event will reportedly take place at Kiev’s central “Maidan” Square—the scene of the massive protests that eventually ousted the government of former president Viktor Yanukovich.

Heartbreaking Violence Continues

Since the election, we have been heartbroken to see the continuing violence in eastern Ukraine. In the past week, separatist militants tried to seize a major airport in the city of Donetsk, and shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter—killing 14 Ukrainian servicemen. Ukraine security forces regained control of the airport, but violence continued with militant attacks on Ukrainian border guards. Russia has asked the U.N. Security Council to meet and call for an immediate end to the violence, plus “creation of humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine.” The acting Kiev government says the military offensives are aimed at “combatting terrorists,” and Mr. Poroshenko has stated his support as the government fights to regain control.

Crisis Evangelism Fund: Ukraine

With their country's future uncertain, many Ukrainian families are seeking answers, and need the hope of the Gospel.

With their country’s future uncertain, many Ukrainian families are seeking answers, and need the hope of the Gospel.


While the Ukraine crisis is not dominating the headlines as it did initially, these ongoing developments underscore the ongoing importance of helping Ukrainian evangelical churches respond to their hurting nation with the love of Christ. The violence has created a significant number of refugees, including Tatars from Crimea and other families displaced from the east. Through the Crisis Evangelism Fund, SGA partners can help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters respond effectively to the many needs that exist—from food aid to sending special crisis response teams from the churches to the conflict zones. Find out more about the fund and how you can help by clicking here. Please continue to pray for the churches as they share the hope of the Gospel, and walk in the example of the Lord Jesus who said . . . Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).

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