Playground brings new life in war torn Eastern Ukraine

28 May, 2016 | Ukraine
OM International
Putting up a playground in a village close to the war zone served to see the planting of a new church and bring hope to a community.
Preaching the Gospel in Eastern Ukraine

How do Christians need to preach the Gospel today? Especially there, where depression and chaos seems to rule – like today in the eastern parts of Ukraine. For this reason, to bring the gospel, OM Ukraine and it’s partners brought together 23 men – builders by trade, from different churches in Western Ukraine. They travelled to the area adjacent to the newly drawn ‘border’ of the separatists. Their goal was to bring the hope of the Gospel to people in need through practical help.  

Apart from other building materials to restore bombed homes and humanitarian aid, the group took the main parts for a children’s playground with them and travelled to the previously agreed destination. The village Trehizbenka, in the Luhansk region, is 1.5 km from areas where the fighting still continues.

The village administration gave the team an area in a public park, right in the middle of the village. From 700 children that used to live in this village only 70 are left and the feeling in the village was lifeless. Yet God touched the heart of the missionary pastor in the area and he has been serving the community with the Gospel in many ways. In support of this pastor, this volunteer team brought with them many products and humanitarian aid. These were handed out firstly to widows, people with disabilities, and the very poor. Even though the pastor has quietly been working, he was not yet known well in the village.

After the arrival at the public park, while the volunteers were putting up the playground, many children as well as grown ups gathered around. The news about the new playground spread with great joy and the team of builders simply told onlookers that this was a present for the whole village. Since a crowd was gathering, the local pastor-missionary preached the Gospel. Even representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said that this was the best help this region has received for the past few years.

As a result of this outreach, the local village council provided a permanent premises from which the church can hand out humanitarian aid and a hall for church services to be held. During our visit, a couple of people gave their lives to the Lord and we were witness to the birth of a new church in this village. Praise be to the most High God alone for He has done Great Things!  Pray that God will send harvesters for His fields in this area.



Проповедь Евангелия на востоке Украины!

Как проповедовать Евангелие сегодня? Особенно там, где царит депрессия и хаос – на востоке Украины? Именно для этого собралось 23 строителя из разных церквей Западной Украины и вместе с миссией ОМ Украина отправилось в приграничный район Украины, чтобы проповедовать через конкретные дела. Приготовив в цеху основные детали детской площадки, взяв необходимые инструменты, мы отправились в ранее договоренное место – село Трехизбенка, Луганской области в 1,5 км от зоны АТО. Администрация дала место для установки детской площадки в самом центре села. Из 700 детей за период АТО в селе осталось 70 и казалось, что жизнь понемногу вымирает. Но Бог дал миссионера-пастыря в этом районе, который начал миссионерскую деятельность. Для помощи в его миссионерской деятельности в этом районе мы привезли большое количество продуктов для гуманитарной помощи неимущим, вдовам, инвалидам. Но село не знало хорошо этого пастора. И вот, когда в центре села появилась детская площадка и это стало центральной новостью и радостью для всех и взрослых и детей, строители просто  засвидетельствовали – это подарок для вас! Собрались люди – местный пастор-миссионер проповедовал Евангелие! Даже наблюдатели из миссии ОБСЕ сказали, что это самая лучшая помощь за последних несколько лет!

В результате – администрация села предоставила постоянное  помещение для раздачи продуктов для населения и зал для Богослужений! Несколько людей покаялось! Вот и начало новой церкви в этом селе! Слава Всевышнему! Молитесь чтобы Бог выслал делателей для служения в этом регионе!

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