In Kiev, 617 Jewish people want to know more about Jesus
You don’t see much about the war in Ukraine in the news, but the crisis that began in 2013 and erupted into violence in Kiev in 2014 continues to this day.
Uncertainty and violence in the world sometimes prompt people to question their inner conflicts and wonder why there is no peace—not only in the world of politics but in their own relationships. Maybe that is why our team in Kiev found so much openness to the gospel during our recent outreach there.
Vlad* told our campaigner Ella how, two years ago, he was fleeing the war in eastern Ukraine. As he and two friends were driving away from Lugansk, a bomb fell on their car and his friends were instantly killed. But Vlad awoke from a coma in the hospital. Describing his experience to Ella he said, “I was outside my body when I heard a voice saying, ‘Go back.’ And then I woke up. I did not know whose voice it was. I never thought Jesus was anything but a myth. Can you explain why I returned?”
Ella answered, “God gave you a second chance.”
“Then what should I do next?” he asked. Ella explained the gospel to Vlad and he prayed with her, asking God for forgiveness and a new life based on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Then he gave Ella his contact information so our Kiev team can keep in touch and help him grow in his new faith.
Vlad was one of nine Jewish people who prayed to be reconciled to God through Jesus during our campaign. Thirty-nine Gentiles prayed likewise! Not only that, but another 617 Jewish people and 1,142 Gentiles gave our Kiev team their contact info to hear more about Jesus. Please pray that God will reveal His truth to them, so that they can know and love the Prince of Peace.
*Names of people we meet are often changed to protect privacy.