Ukraine-Russian Unity in Russian-speaking Churches in UK
Russian and Ukrainian Adventists in London have made a joint declaration, clearly stating that they do not want to be involved in tensions surrounding the current crisis in Ukraine. According to Russian-speaking pastor, Andrei Balan, this reflects the Adventist position in Russia and the Ukraine.
The Russian-speaking Adventist church in London is a community formed from multinational members. On March 1, 2014, the church sponsored a day of fasting and prayer, specifically praying for the on-going difficulties in Ukraine. “Although we cannot do much to change the political circumstances, we are supporting each other as a Christians,” said Balan.
Some members, such as Evgenii and Svetlana and the Baidiuk family have children in Ukraine. This adds some impetus to their prayers for peace. However, members are doing more than praying. On Sunday, March 2, they joined the Russian Spring Carnival, “Maslenitsa” in Piccadilly. They distributed DVDs and appropriate books.
Balan reports that although the political unrest in Ukraine seemed to be out of control on March 2, and Russia seemed to be preparing for military actions, “Here in London we continued to pray and focus on supporting each other in prayer, hoping that God will keep his children safe.”
Members have been in touch with fellow members from Ukraine, and continue to pray for unity and for ways to support each other. “That’s the Spirit we promote. We see no difference between any of us, regardless of our nationality or background,” Balan stressed.
Vasili Makarchuk, an elder of the Russian-speaking congregation at Newbold College, said, “Thank you for thinking about the situation in the Ukraine. May we request that our church in United Kingdom continue to pray together with us for peace in Ukraine, and around the word.”
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