Prayer for Ukraine — over the phone between a U.S. Baptist leader and one in the beleaguered country — joined the intercession of Ukrainian believers in various city squares March 25.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, and Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Baptist Union of Ukraine, had “a wonderful conversation between brothers in the Lord,” Roger S. Oldham, Executive Committee vice president for convention communications and relations, reported.
“In the conversation, Dr. Page expressed his prayer support and his intention to call on all Southern Baptists to pray for our Baptist brothers and sisters in Ukraine as they minister to a nation in crisis,” Oldham noted.
Nesteruk specifically asked Southern Baptists to pray:
“1. That there would be no war in Ukraine, but peace,” Oldham said.
“2. That there would be a sense of peace in the hearts of Ukrainian people, rather than a sense of unrest or anxiety.
“3. For the economic situation, as sanctions imposed by Russia have already begun making life difficult in Ukraine.
“4. Most of all, that people would be open to the Gospel and actively seek the Gospel during these troubled times.”
An unidentified Baptist worker in Ukraine who facilitated the phone conversation stated that it is “indeed a special spiritual time” in Ukraine, Oldham related.
“Almost all of the Ukrainian Baptist churches have been joining in special prayer for the nation,” the worker said. “In fact, many have begun gathering in their city squares, hundreds at a time, for a concentrated time of prayer in their locations. In one location over 100 men had begun gathering for prayer every morning at 7 a.m. in eastern Ukraine and he had heard of the same happening in western Ukraine.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press