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Ukraine: prayer, Bibles and food amidst the protests

Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have received food, drink, prayer support and copies of the Bible from local Bible Society staff, reports Hazel Southam ...

Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have received food, drink, prayer support and copies of the Bible from local Bible Society staff, reports Hazel Southam.

They offered people sandwiches, tea and coffee morning and evening for months and led prayers from the main stage in Independence Square.

Hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital since November.

The protests were sparked when former President Viktor Yanukovych announced the abandonment of an agreement that would have strengthened ties with the European Union, and instead sought closer links with neighbouring Russia.

But the unrest soon became concerned with perceived government corruption. Some 98 people were killed in the ensuing violence and thousands more were injured.

Our man in Ukraine, the General Secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society, Oleksandr Babiychuk said that "people had responded enthusiastically" to the Bible during the last few months.

"These horrible events have forced people to turn to God," he said. "We have been through some very difficult times, but God’s word has shone brightly."

Bible Society workers and local church leaders had joined together to provide food, run a prayer tent and lead daily prayers.

"During these difficult times, the public and protestors have been especially open to prayer and the Scriptures," said Mr Babiychuk. "The tough situation has provided the Bible Society with a great opportunity."

He added that Bible Society was keen to help support people in the coming months as the country’s situation remains unstable.

"Many people have suffered," he said. "Many people have relatives and friends who have been affected by the violence.

"The new government will pay some compensation [for this] but it won’t change things for people spiritually.

"Many people will need rehabilitation. That’s where we come in. Bible Society is working on youth editions of the Bible and large print editions for older people. We are committed to standing with these people to support them."

Fears remain over the future of the Ukraine as both supporters of the new government and anti-revolution protestors take to the streets across the country.

Ukraine’s parliament has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate former President Viktor Yanukovych, for allegedly being involved in the shooting of protestors last week. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Photos: unitedbiblesocieties.org

 

 

Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have received food, drink, prayer support and copies of the Bible from local Bible Society staff.

They offered people sandwiches, tea and coffee morning and evening for months and led prayers from the main stage in Independence Square.

Hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital since November.

The protests were sparked when former President Viktor Yanukovych announced the abandonment of an agreement that would have strengthened ties with the European Union, and instead sought closer links with neighbouring Russia.

But the unrest soon became concerned with perceived government corruption. Some 98 people were killed in the ensuing violence and thousands more were injured.

Our man in Ukraine, the General Secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society, Oleksandr Babiychuk said that ‘people had responded enthusiastically’ to the Bible during the last few months.

‘These horrible events have forced people to turn to God,’ he said. ‘We have been through some very difficult times, but God’s word has shone brightly.’

Bible Society workers and local church leaders had joined together to provide food, run a prayer tent and lead daily prayers.

‘During these difficult times, the public and protestors have been especially open to prayer and the Scriptures,’ said Mr Babiychuk. ‘The tough situation has provided the Bible Society with a great opportunity.’

He added that Bible Society was keen to help support people in the coming months as the country’s situation remains unstable.

‘Many people have suffered,’ he said. ‘Many people have relatives and friends who have been affected by the violence.

‘The new government will pay some compensation [for this] but it won’t change things for people spiritually.

‘Many people will need rehabilitation. That’s where we come in. Bible Society is working on youth editions of the Bible and large print editions for older people. We are committed to standing with these people to support them.’

Fears remain over the future of the Ukraine as both supporters of the new government and anti-revolution protestors take to the streets across the country.

Ukraine’s parliament has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate former President Viktor Yanukovych, for allegedly being involved in the shooting of protestors last week. His whereabouts are currently unknown. 

Photo credit: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

- See more at: http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/news/bible-society-at-centre-of-ukraine-revolution/?source_code=92403_p1t#sthash.DnmNRW7a.dpuf

Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have received food, drink, prayer support and copies of the Bible from local Bible Society staff.

They offered people sandwiches, tea and coffee morning and evening for months and led prayers from the main stage in Independence Square.

Hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital since November.

The protests were sparked when former President Viktor Yanukovych announced the abandonment of an agreement that would have strengthened ties with the European Union, and instead sought closer links with neighbouring Russia.

But the unrest soon became concerned with perceived government corruption. Some 98 people were killed in the ensuing violence and thousands more were injured.

Our man in Ukraine, the General Secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society, Oleksandr Babiychuk said that ‘people had responded enthusiastically’ to the Bible during the last few months.

‘These horrible events have forced people to turn to God,’ he said. ‘We have been through some very difficult times, but God’s word has shone brightly.’

Bible Society workers and local church leaders had joined together to provide food, run a prayer tent and lead daily prayers.

‘During these difficult times, the public and protestors have been especially open to prayer and the Scriptures,’ said Mr Babiychuk. ‘The tough situation has provided the Bible Society with a great opportunity.’

He added that Bible Society was keen to help support people in the coming months as the country’s situation remains unstable.

‘Many people have suffered,’ he said. ‘Many people have relatives and friends who have been affected by the violence.

‘The new government will pay some compensation [for this] but it won’t change things for people spiritually.

‘Many people will need rehabilitation. That’s where we come in. Bible Society is working on youth editions of the Bible and large print editions for older people. We are committed to standing with these people to support them.’

Fears remain over the future of the Ukraine as both supporters of the new government and anti-revolution protestors take to the streets across the country.

Ukraine’s parliament has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate former President Viktor Yanukovych, for allegedly being involved in the shooting of protestors last week. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

- See more at: http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/news/bible-society-at-centre-of-ukraine-revolution/?source_code=92403_p1t#sthash.DnmNRW7a.dpuf

Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have received food, drink, prayer support and copies of the Bible from local Bible Society staff.

They offered people sandwiches, tea and coffee morning and evening for months and led prayers from the main stage in Independence Square.

Hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital since November.

The protests were sparked when former President Viktor Yanukovych announced the abandonment of an agreement that would have strengthened ties with the European Union, and instead sought closer links with neighbouring Russia.

But the unrest soon became concerned with perceived government corruption. Some 98 people were killed in the ensuing violence and thousands more were injured.

Our man in Ukraine, the General Secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society, Oleksandr Babiychuk said that ‘people had responded enthusiastically’ to the Bible during the last few months.

‘These horrible events have forced people to turn to God,’ he said. ‘We have been through some very difficult times, but God’s word has shone brightly.’

Bible Society workers and local church leaders had joined together to provide food, run a prayer tent and lead daily prayers.

‘During these difficult times, the public and protestors have been especially open to prayer and the Scriptures,’ said Mr Babiychuk. ‘The tough situation has provided the Bible Society with a great opportunity.’

He added that Bible Society was keen to help support people in the coming months as the country’s situation remains unstable.

‘Many people have suffered,’ he said. ‘Many people have relatives and friends who have been affected by the violence.

‘The new government will pay some compensation [for this] but it won’t change things for people spiritually.

‘Many people will need rehabilitation. That’s where we come in. Bible Society is working on youth editions of the Bible and large print editions for older people. We are committed to standing with these people to support them.’

Fears remain over the future of the Ukraine as both supporters of the new government and anti-revolution protestors take to the streets across the country.

Ukraine’s parliament has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate former President Viktor Yanukovych, for allegedly being involved in the shooting of protestors last week. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

- See more at: http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/news/bible-society-at-centre-of-ukraine-revolution/?source_code=92403_p1t#sthash.DnmNRW7a.dpuf

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