By Gerda Potgieter
FEBC Ukraine radio hosts are not allowing the war with Russian invaders to stop them from sharing the Good News of Jesus through radio programmes and direct contact with listeners.
One such host, Inna, tells of a female listener who called the radio for help after a bomb explosion in the town of Zhmerynka caused her great stress.
Inna, who despite the war, uses every opportunity to meet with listeners in person, met with the girl to provide comfort and hope and she used the opportunity to tell her about Jesus Christ.
Before the war it was easy for presenters to connect with listeners who regularly visited FEBC’s evangelism centre in Kyiv.
FEBC International has been spreading the Gospel in Ukraine since 2012 through radio and online services.
Despite the war, FEBC Ukraine continues to broadcast uplifting and inspiring content in five regions and team members are willing to put their lives at risk by continuing to minister to their audiences.
Stations across the country are trapped in the midst of the current war, and two were destroyed in Luhansk and Slavyansk. Thankfully, the team was able to make repairs to the station in Slavyansk.
Feedback that FEBA South Africa receives from FEBC Ukraine speak of despair and a deep longing for peace among the population.
People hide in underground shelters across cities, children are taken by bus to safety and families have been torn apart as millions of people flee the war.
The biggest task of the FEBC radio stations in Ukraine is to encourage listeners and reassure them that God has not forsaken them — especially not in their darkest hour.
It is evident on social media platforms that South Africans (and others) have formed prayer groups everywhere to pray for both Russia and Ukraine. FEBA SA also regularly sends out prayer requests through sms to its supporters and donors.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has a long and complex history. After Russia, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe. It is located between Russia and the European Union, with about half the population speaking Russian and the other half Ukrainian.
Citizens’ divided loyalty between Ukraine and Russia is reflected in culture and faith and arouses conflict between citizens, and is a factor in the war.
Communism has exerted a strong influence in Ukraine for more than 75 years and many of the people are atheists, while a small percentage are Orthodox Christians.
Ukraine has 92 ethnic groups of which 38 are considered “unreached”. Against this background FEBC broadcasts the Good News to listeners and prays for the people’s conversion to Jesus Christ and for a free, independent, and God-fearing country.
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