Mission Ukraine aims to launch movement

Ravi Zacharias, international evangelists headline five-day event

Kiev CathedralKIEV, UKRAINE — Mission Ukraine, a yearlong training and evangelism campaign for the entire nation, will launch on Nov. 21 with five-day kickoff event.

The launch will feature youth rallies, plus plenary talks from Dr. Ravi Zacharias and a team of international evangelists – Michael Ramsden (Cyprus), Nick Hall (U.S.), Nana Yaw (Ghana) and Lindsay Brown (U.K.).

Mission Ukraine has two main purposes: Communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ across Ukraine, and serve as a catalyst for discipleship and missionary service throughout the former Soviet Union.

“Mission Ukraine is the outworking of a vision that church leaders have for proclaiming the gospel message of Jesus Christ, responding to the new openness to the gospel at this time in Ukraine,” says Mission Ukraine adviser Blair Carlson, president of GoodWORD Partnership.

Iliya Kozubovsky, a member of the Mission Ukraine leadership team, says that Ukraine’s recent political and social unrest has created a huge hunger for truth in his country.

“Our dream and hope is to see spiritual transformation of our nation,” Kozubovsky says. “We’d like to see as a result of this evangelistic project more and more non-believers reconciled with God. We really hope that Mission Ukraine is God’s hope for Ukraine; it is one more good chance for Ukrainian people to feel His love and accept it.”

Carlson is asking Christians worldwide to pray for the success of Mission Ukraine, which is being held at a time of high political and spiritual tension across the country.

“Because Ukraine has the largest church base of any country in the region and supplies 70 percent of the church workers for the former countries of the Soviet Union, many believe that he current troubles relate to the spiritual powers of the world wanting to shut this all down,” Carlson says.

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