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A Spiritual Harvest in Prison

Vladimir Solodukhin
SGA-Sponsored Missionary Pastor in Ukraine

Vladimir (center) with inmates Misha (left) and Sasha (right). Both are leaders in the prison church.

Vladimir (center) with inmates Misha (left) and Sasha (right). Both are leaders in the prison church.

The news from Ukraine in the past several months has largely been very grim, with violent conflict continuing in the eastern part of the country and ongoing political turmoil. But not all is grim, and in some locations, the brightest of lights is shining brightly. Even behind the walls of a dank, dark prison.

SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Vladimir Solodukhin labors in Ukraine’s Chernovitsky region. For 25 years, he has conducted fruitful prison outreach in addition to leading his own congregation, and participating in ministry with 16 other evangelical churches in his locale. At the end of 2013, Vladimir had up to 200 prisoners coming to worship services in the prison, and earlier this year, reported that six more prisoners had been baptized . . .

Many churches in Ukraine have been filled since the tragic violence began several months ago.

Many churches in Ukraine have been filled since the tragic violence began several months ago.

We have very difficult times in our country right now, but God’s people pray and do not lose heart! We are allowed to hold regular services in the prison, and many more are attending these services now. The prison administration is pleased with our ministry, and once even government officials interviewed the inmates in the prison church, and extended best wishes to them to eventually return to their homes.

In addition to his prison ministry, Vladimir also visits neighboring villages to preach the Gospel. In one of the villages, there had been no known believers prior to his visit, but now two families have come to repentance—five people in all. According to Vladimir, some of the families are enduring great pressure from their extended families. One couple that had received Christ was rejected by their own children due to their repentance, and both families have faced significant aggressive behavior from others in the village. Vladimir asks that we remember these families in prayer, and sends this special, thankful greeting . . .

We are very thankful to you for your prayers and financial support of our ministry to the Lord. It is a great blessing for us. May our Heavenly Father shed his abundant blessings upon you and provide for your every need!

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