Protest laws scrapped: Church in Ukraine still divided

Ukraine (MNN) — Ukrainian protesters have won a victory. The country’s Parliament has voted to rescind draconian anti-protesting laws that has infuriated protesters last week. The legislation was rammed through parliament With little warning and cause civil unrest go swell.

Once confined to Kiev, it’s now spreading to the pro-Russian part of the country. According to multiple news reports, protesters have seized municipal buildings in towns across the country. It’s affecting the church in Ukraine.

President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba says thousands marched in southeast Ukraine. “In my hometown, Zaporizhia, over 10,000 people showed up in Central Square, and they were trying to storm the building. They were brutally beaten. I was told the riot police were brutally hunting anyone on the streets and beating them cruelly.”

Ukraine is a country divided. The West favors freedom and is pro-Europe. The East aligns itself with Russia. That division has affected every part of Ukrainian society. Some workers favor the protesters, while others favor the government.

That same division is also impacting the church in Ukraine, says Rakhuba. The young support the protestors. The old say “yield to authority.”

The church in Ukraine is using this tent to reach out to protestors.

The church in Ukraine is using this tent to reach out to protesters.

Despite the division, Rakhuba says Ukraine is poised for revival. They crave the Gospel. “100,000 copies of the Gospel of John in the Ukrainian language that we printed a week ago are already gone. That’s why they ask–they beg us–now to print another 100,000, maybe even 200,000 copies of the Gospel of John.”

Rakhuba says, “We know, traditionally, that nations in turmoil are a lot more open to the truth. That’s what we want. We want the church to be equipped and really be the light and salt in their communities.”

Reconciliation is the key to that. Russian Ministries is already training pastors, lay leaders, and next generation leaders.