I had an opportunity to speak to three girls after our “Born Again” drama. I found out what they thought of the drama and what touched each one of them the most. They were very open to talking and as a result, I shared with ... read more
Jorge and Laura Radziwiluk started Word of Life in the Ukraine 1992. In 1993, the ministry started growing through Bible Clubs and the camping program. Today, there is a staff of more than twenty that are reaching thousands of young people every year. The burden of the missionary team has been to reach out to neighboring countries. Because of this, they developed a program called 10-10-2010 to reach ten Slavic countries by the year 2010. In September 2004 the first Missionary In Training was held in Ukraine where 17 "units" (couples or singles) were accepted as Word of Life Missionaries. In the next several years they will reach into these countries. An old communist camp near Kiev was purchased in 1999. It has been renovated and now hosts camps through out the year and a Bible Institute. Over 1,400 young people attend camp each year and there are over 60 students enrolled in the BI. The ministry in the Ukraine includes five Bible Club programs. Another great outreach is the musical drama, "Born Again to a Living Hope." Thousands have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior through this ministry.
With 603,000 sq. km, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe and one of the most fertile regions in the world. This country attracted much attention after the nuclear tragedy at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986. This disaster brought log-term consequences to the country with contamination of water, food and many serious health problems. Today Ukraine is an independent country with a distinct language and culture. It is known for outdoor museums where villages display their culture in crafts and living conditions of the past. Cultural heritage can also be seen in centuries-old cathedrals in nearly every Ukrainian city and town. Years of communism have influenced the minds of Ukrainians creating fear, deceit and untrust. The freedom from communism brought new life but also crime, drugs and related problems. While under communist control the church and religion were severely persecuted. Today, about 85 percent of its 52 million people belong to the Russian Orthodox Church, ten percent are Catholic, and only three percent are Protestant.
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