Ukranian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yaroslav Pyzh Says Nearly 400 Baptist Churches Have Been Wiped Out in the War. Of Course, Black Christian News Network One (BCNN1.com) Has Not Been Able to Verify This Report
Hundreds of Baptist churches in Ukraine have been wiped out since Russia’s invasion of the country began almost six months ago, according to the president of the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary (UBTS).
Yaroslav Pyzh told Baptist Press about “400 Ukrainian Baptist congregations have been lost” since the war began on Feb. 24. It’s not just buildings that have been destroyed, but church leadership and congregations have been broken down.
Pyzh said although volunteers are helping displaced people fix their homes, the real challenge is to rebuild pastoral leadership in war-torn cities.
“Since the war started, six months already, we lost about 400 Baptist churches. And so the real build is the rebuilding of leadership capacity because if you rebuild buildings and you have no pastors to lead churches, I don’t think it’s going to do any good,” said Pyzh, a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. “So the real challenge is not so much rebuilding walls and windows and doors.”