Ukraine's Turmoil Threatens Ministry

Mar. 22, 2014

The campus of Tavrisky Christian Institute (TCI), one of READ’s most strategic ministry partners, is situated in the south of Ukraine, along the banks of the Dnieper River, in the region of Kherson which borders the newly Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.  Serving as a link to READ’s expanding outreach to Central Asia, TCI provides vital ministry access that could be seriously thwarted if Russian occupation encroaches a few kilometers to the north.

Valentin Siniy, president of TCI, recently sent READ an update requesting prayer.

  • Praise God that many people are coming to the large downtown prayer meetings to join believers in prayer. 
  • Praise God that there was no shooting when Russian troopers landed nearby and attempted to capture a gas pipeline that leads to Crimea.
  • Pray that the damaging propaganda being spread in the media by the Russians and restrictive laws currently being prepared will not hinder the spread of the Gospel.
  • Pray that God will use us to minister to the army.  The Ukrainian army is in very bad shape.  Christians from TCI and Kherson churches have brought blankets and mattresses to the soldiers, and some have prayed with the men. 
  • Pray for our finances.  35 to 40% of our income comes from renting out our campus.  If these cancel because of the unrest, we will be in trouble.  Also, the cost of utilities will soon double, partner visits may be canceled, and restricted access into Central Asia will become more costly if we need to reroute.

Watch a recent video report from READ's partners at TCI in Kherson, Ukraine.