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The thirst for hope and the spread of uncertainty have been so rampant in Ukraine that at least one Christian store has totally run out of Bibles.
Robert L. Briggs, president and CEO of American Bible Society, wrote a commentary Thursday for Christianity Today, explaining how Christians in Ukraine are responding to the Russian crisis.
“As people grapple with unknown, many are experiencing the Bible’s message for the first time ever,” Briggs wrote. “According to [Anatoliy Raychynets, deputy general secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society], priests and pastors over the past weeks have been flocking to the Bible Society store in Kyiv to buy Bibles.”
The situation has been so intense the store reportedly ran out of Bibles, with Raychynets telling Briggs their biggest challenge is getting enough copies of scripture to meet the demand.
“We need more Bibles,” he said.
Raychynets also revealed another crucial restorative detail about his relationship with Christian leaders in Russia, revealing that they communicate and have been united in Christ.
In a world of such toxic division — and amid tensions that do anything other than unite opposing sides — this is a powerful testament to the fruit of the Gospel in people’s lives.
“We speak to our colleagues in Russia,” he told Briggs. “We church leaders speak to one another, and we pray together. We are united in the Lord.”
As Faithwire previously reported, the Ukrainian people’s faith has been stunning to see.
“For me, as a pastor, that Psalm … well, I read it differently now, because it’s about our current situation in Ukraine,” Raychynets told Eternity News. “This ancient prayer — written several thousand years ago — now we see is so alive, is living.”
Bibles and aid distributed across Ukraine
Despite increased bombardments, Bible Society staff in Ukraine are continuing to distribute bread and Bibles to people sheltering in bunkers and cellars across the country.
Yesterday, a young woman asked for Bibles as she was being given food aid.
Anatoliy Raychynets of the Ukraine Bible Society said, ‘We have met so many people in the last two weeks who have never had a Bible before, but now they are asking or us to pray with them. It is a revival.’
But, he added, ‘The Angels of Kyiv (the name given to Bible Society staff by locals) need the protection of heavenly angels.’
The team across the country are working under very difficult conditions. Anatoliy’s car was hit by a bullet while he was out distributing Bibles and aid recently.
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Bring peace and comfort to Ukraine through God’s word
Our team in Ukraine is more determined than ever to meet spiritual and humanitarian needs. You can help them today.
Churches in Ukraine are asking for your help. As the crisis around them shocks the world, they continue to serve their communities.
Our team in Ukraine are supporting the Church as they reach out with Bibles and humanitarian aid, sharing the love and power of God’s word. And even beyond Ukraine, you can bring the Bible to people escaping the conflict.
You will have seen how desperate the situation in Ukraine is, and you’ve probably been amazed at people’s courage. Will you speak hope into the crisis by sharing the Bible today?
After watching shows on CBN today, I felt strongly that the Lord wanted me to post an article about the tremendous need for Bibles in Ukraine and for refugees leaving Ukraine for safety.
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