Written by: Bible Society
Article source: www.biblesociety.co.za
The Secretary General of the Ukrainian Bible Society, Rev Oleksandr Babiychuk, appealed for help, “We see so many people suffering from panic and uncontrollable fear brought by this never-ending flow of bad news. Yet we, along with our churches, remain confident that God’s Word can bring comfort, peace and reconciliation.” He then requested assistance in order for the Ukrainian Bible Society to meet the huge spiritual need among their nation by providing access to the Bible at this time of fear amidst constant war activities and uncertainty.
Rev Babiychuk recounted the heart-breaking moment when a pastor in Central Ukraine left crestfallen when he was unable to obtain Bibles as the Bible Society had run out and made this earnest request, “Even with half pages missing or damaged, these Bibles would be of immense value to people my congregation serves.”
Since the outbreak of the war, there have been numerous calls for prayer. “I am Pastor Khramov serving in Kharkiv city. We ask everyone who is able to pray – please pray for us. Pray that lives are spared, as well as our bodies and souls.”
With the battle raging near the Bible House in Kyiv, Rev Babiychuk observed that many were taking shelter at underground stations in Kharkiv and Kyiv. He confirmed, “Our team is safe, there is no panic, but trust on God and [we are] thinking how to support our nation with the Bible.”
“The Bible Society of South Africa stands in solidarity with our counterpart in Ukraine and wants to help them to provide Bibles amid unprecedented interest in the Bible at this time. They specifically want to reach out to the military and their families, to people living next to the frontlines and those further afield whose hearts are gripped by fear. We also pray for the Russian Bible Society that has to serve its own people through Scripture provision in this turbulent time,” says Rev Dirk Gevers, Chief Executive Officer of the Bible Society of South Africa and Vice-Chairman of the United Bible Societies Global Board.
Both these Societies are part of the United Bible Societies, a world-wide network of Bible Societies operating in over 240 countries and territories to make sure that everyone who wants to can access and engage with the Bible.
Prayerfully join hands with us to bring peace, courage and comfort to the people of Ukraine and Russia. Please donate to the project, Hope amidst fear, Bibles for distressed Ukraine. Visit our website, www.biblesociety.co.za, for banking details and other payment options.
Date published: 10/03/2022
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