In the Midst of Crisis, Ukraine’s Christians are Standing in the Gap for Peace

A handout photo released on March 4, 2014 by the Ukraine Parliament Press Service shows US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), Oleksandr Turchynov, Parliament Speaker and Ukraine's interim President (L) Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev (Parliament Press-Service/AFP, Anastasiya Sirotkina)
A handout photo released on March 4, 2014 by the Ukraine Parliament Press Service shows US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), Oleksandr Turchynov, Parliament Speaker and Ukraine’s interim President (L) Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev (Parliament Press-Service/AFP, Anastasiya Sirotkina)

Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov, a man of deep faith and prayer, is in the center of the storm in Ukraine, but he’s not alone.

Turchynov is seeking an increase in the country’s armed services as he has called on parliament to turn Ukraine’s interior ministry troops into a national guard to defend the nation against aggression.

He’s also called for the mobilization of military reservists and volunteers into the armed forces.

Pastor Wolodymyr Kunets couldn’t be prouder of his country’s new leader.

“He is a born again Christian and loves God!” Pastor Wolodymyr Kunets, with Word of Life, told CBN News.

For several years, Turchynov has attended Kunets’s church in Kiev and serves as deacon.

“It is very rare, not just for Ukraine, but the entire region, for a Baptist Christian to run the country,” Kunets said.

Turchynov recently told a Christian magazine that God is working in his country despite the political chaos. He’s asking believers worldwide to pray.

“I’m so glad he’s been given such a position, but from another perspective it is very scary because we are experiencing very difficult times,” Kunets said. “We are bankrupt as a nation and there are many enemies who don’t want to see Ukraine do well.”

When protests started last November, Ukrainian Christians found themselves playing the role of peacemaker. Ostap Kryvdyk is a leader of the anti-government demonstrators.

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SOURCE: George Thomas 
CBN News

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