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ukraineJune2023 • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Ukrainian Disciple-Makers: From Persecution to Fulfilling the Great Commission

From our recent “Becoming a Disciple-Maker” Model Church workshop for Ukrainian pastors representing more than 10 European countries where they have taken refuge…

“We are pastoring new churches that have just been planted in the last year or so, since the war.  We have more than 100 Ukrainian members in many cases.  We are caring for families who have been forced from the only homes they have ever known, who are now living in countries that are foreign to them, who don’t speak the language of the country where they now take refuge, who can’t get decent jobs, who are struggling to provide for their families, struggling to file their official refugee paperwork, and so much more…”
– Ukrainian pastors of various churches around Europe, when speaking with Willi, Matt, and Alejandro, IEA team leaders

Matt responds… “But you yourselves, you also face these very same struggles – you yourselves are also refugees, caring for your own families in the midst of these same challenges…  You don’t even mention your own struggles… You haven’t said a word about the fact that you and your families face the very same things…”

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Ukrainian pastors… “Because the opportunity is so great.  We’ve never seen such openness – such a hunger for the Gospel of Jesus Christ amongst our people!  So we happily put ourselves “at the back of the line.”  We believe that God is using these great difficulties, these persecutions, to bring awakening to our people.  And we want to be ready to disciple each new Ukrainian believer who comes to know Christ!”

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.”
– Acts 8:1-3

Would you remember these dear brothers and sisters and their families in prayer? 
For 3 days, our team equipped more than 60 Ukrainian pastors & leaders with tools for disciple-making so that each one of them may effectively “equip the saints for the work of (disciple-making) ministry.”   
More than 10 European countries were represented, and each person in attendance believes that God has scattered them in order to help fulfill the Great Commission!

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