On a recent trip to Ukraine, SGA vice president of ministry operations Eric Mock met with SGA-supported Pastor Piotr M. at his church. The faithful servant shared that many times throughout the war he has had offers to leave the country. But this man has refused to flee from Ukraine. Why? “Because I am a pastor,” he says.
Here is more from Piotr’s heart-to-heart conversation with Eric . . .
“When war started, half the people left our church. The basement served as bomb shelter and many people stayed with us. Meals provided to believers and unbelievers alike. But in time, by April, people started returning. And then by summer, services moved upstairs from the basement. So many unbelievers were coming. We started Bible classes. First three and then as many as six classes to teach unbelievers, one more for unsaved moms. They had no Bible knowledge at all, nothing.
“I was excited to see people that had never opened a Bible asking questions, underlining passages. They were shocked that the leaders prayed for them and cared for them. Before the war, it would have been impossible to form such classes. God’s work is clearest in suffering.
“Here are a few photos of new people who started attending groups after the war started. Then after a few months, 10 of them came to faith and were baptized in August. We are now back to two services, about 600 people with 210 members still outside the country.”
In a time of great uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through SGA-supported pastors, churches, a seminary, and SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.
Your gift of compassion helps struggling people with emergency aid that generally includes Scripture materials, food, medicine, warm clothing, and shoes.