Please pray for Ukraine!

This is an email sent yesterday from a missionary friend at our church about the current situation in Ukraine. Unless you’re really looking, you won’t hear much at all about this in the mainstream news in the West (You can Google “Ukraine revolt” and get lots of articles and videos).

But this is not a professional news report but coming from first-hand reports from our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Please take time to intercede for them. My wife and I have been to Ukraine several times and these people are near and dear to our hearts.


Ukraine’s current President/some parliament made a dictatorship on Ukraine TODAY (“voted” Jan. 16, enacted today)!

Ukrainevia Andrew Kelly – PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! for Ukraine today in your churches, Sunday School classes, at your lunch table, during your afternoon and into the night! An almost two month peaceful protest against a regime which basically legalized a new dictatorship on January 16th has begun to turn violent on the streets of Kiev today. Protestors have had enough, the people of Ukraine have had enough. The “People’s Council” as the opposition calls themselves have announced they will form a NEW parliament, write a new consitution which protects freedoms of the people and ends the oppressive regime of President Victor Yanokovych! Police busses are burning and the people are standing together. It is hard to live under a government where at least 10 of the ruling party are former professional killers (proven fact) and the President was a convicted and imprissoned rapist (proven fact). PRAY FOR PEACE! PRAY FOR JUSTICE! PRAY FOR UKRAINE, IT’S PEOPLE AND IT’S CHURCHES!

dictatorship-enUPDATE: I forgot to mention when I first posted this that there are many negative things going on in Ukraine that you won’t read about in the news. For instance, there were new laws being quickly enacted that are very repressive…as Andrew Kelly reports on his Facebook page, “The government can shut down internet and cell phone coverage.  Any more than 5 cars together (including a traffic jam) can result in EVERYONE in all cars being fined, losing their license and car.  Ukraine is in a tragic mess politically and needs prayers!”  Click on the graphic here to get an overview of these laws.

Please pray for the believers and leadership of Ukraine. May His Kingdom come and His will be done in Ukraine! Thank you!

NOTE: Periodic updates can be found here

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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17 Responses to Please pray for Ukraine!

  1. Praying, Mel. Thank you for the update on this.

  2. It really is sad to see what is going on in Ukraine (especially since it’s my home country). I wish people didn’t need to turn to violence to fight for what they want. I hope the government will take rightful and wise actions to bring freedom and peace to all the people there. Thank you for your prayers!

    • Mel Wild says:

      I agree, Anna. I think the violence actually gets in the way of what people are trying to accomplish. Unfortunately, the political aspect of this whole mess greatly complicates what’s best for the people. The government leaders seem torn between needed resources and political pressure from Putin and new freedoms and prospect of a greater financial stability of the EU. But what I really don’t like seeing are the extremely repressive and dictatorial laws being enacted against people’s freedoms. These things never work and it just makes it all worse. Prayer on a global scale is definitely needed!

  3. jodiwoody says:

    Will be praying Mel, I am fasting this month and praying and will add this to the prayer list.

  4. Cindy Powell says:

    Praying. Thanks for posting.

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  6. The Simple Italians says:

    Thanks for this post, as we too have dear Ukrainian friends, living here in Italy. It is always good to hear news from people who are on-location. One positive note, however, is that if you go to BBC News ( they do have news about it. We usually find it a better source of what’s going on here in Europe. (Although I’m sure that they, like most media, do present their own slant. We too, are keeping the Ukraine in prayer. And remembering as we do the need to remember to thank God that we live in peace!

    • Mel Wild says:

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for the link. I’ve been trying to find various news sources to get a composite picture to mitigate the bias. One I use locally is the Kyiv Post

      It’s been heartbreaking. It’s gotten so bloody and violent now, but from what I understand, they are calling an emergency session in parliament, so this is hopeful. Please pray for these recent repressive anti-freedom laws to be reversed. The believers there see these laws as a very bad turn of events for them. From the graphic I posted, you can easily see why. Pray for wisdom for both sides and an end to the violence. Blessings.

  7. muzychuk5 says:

    Thank you for your prayers. I notice that many people are asking to pray for peace, which is good, but also we need to pray for freedom and justice. Because absents of freedom and justice led to the recent violence.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, Andrew. Thank you for pointing that out. As we can see from the repressive laws that were passed, there can be no peace without freedom. We also need justice but hopefully measured with mercy and grace, even for those who want to oppress. I think that’s where peace will prevail for all.

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