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Pray They Don’t Draft Me!

“Please pray that they don’t draft me into the army!”

That was one of the prayer requests as we concluded our youth meeting this past Sunday night.


I was grateful for the chance to speak with these young people who are not very much different from any other young people in any other country.

They enjoy spending time with their friends, they like to take selfies, they probably spend too much time texting on their phone, and when they get together there’s a lot of laughing.

The difference is that they are also dealing with the constant pressure of a war being fought in the back yard of their country. A war that just a few months ago drafted one of their youth leaders into its service.  A war that shouts out it’s death count daily from TV news. A war that is burning further across the map of Eastern Ukraine.

That’s why I thought it would be appropriate to talk with them about fear and most importantly about the best kind of fear, the fear of the Lord!

Together we opened Proverbs 1:7

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Pro 1:7)

We found out that when we learn to fear the Lord it helps eliminate those other fears and phobias, it also provides us with exactly what we need to apply God’s Word to our lives.

I hope you’ll take some time this week to pray for our youth. Below are a few ways you can pray.

  • Pray that our young men would trust in God’s care and not worry about being drafted.
  • Pray that our youth would not be distracted by the temptations of the world but would earnestly seek God and grow in their faith.
  • Pray that our youth would find active places of ministry in our church.
  • Pray that our youth would be bold in sharing the gospel with their friends and family.
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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children!

My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • debinwa

    Praying for them. I pray they won’t get drafted either. War is horrible. But, if they have to face it – i pray for God’s peace and comfort in their heart. May they feel His presence with them. May they know that many are proud and thankful for them and what they would have to do. May it either way draw them closer to God.

    • Deb, thanks for your prayers, it’s and encouragement!

  • Man, I can imagine that would be terrifying. Will be praying for everyone over there!

    • Certainly many of the young men are worried about the prospects of being drafted. Just a few minutes ago I was talking to a friend who works here in the office with me, there are rumors going around that you can be picked up off the street by the police and forced into the army. I’m not sure it’s true but it does have a some of the guys worried.

  • Praying!

  • It’s absolutely amazing how life on one side of the world can be so different from life on the other side.
    Thank you for sharing these stark reminders that life is fragile, that we aren’t guaranteed “safety” or that world will continue as we know it now.
    Having a firm foundation in Christ is vital. that is our stability and security.
    Thank you for being there for those kids. You and your family are doing a great work for God.
    You’re all in my prayers.

    • In a way it is different and it an way it’s not. You’d be surprised by how “normal” things are here. I mean life goes on and you have to live and eat and clean your house and get up every morning. Thanks for your prayers TC!

  • My husband’s brother got the notice last week. Next Monday he has to show up for medical check-up.

    On one hand, we’re worried (he’s about to get married in two weeks and besides that, no one really wants their loved ones to go to war), but on the other hand, to hide is even worse, since you’d have to live with that afterwards.

    My boss and a friend from Church also got notices.

    • Zee, I will pray for your brother today. I’ve talked with several young men who feel similar to your brother. One guy told me, “I don’t want to kill anyone but I also want to protect my country.”

      • Thanks.

        Re: “don’t want to kill, want to protect” – yes. I think this is the sentiment of most guys I know. That’s one of the reasons I liked the movie “Fury” (have you seen that one? With Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.) The characters face the same struggle and the movie shows how they deal with it.

  • That does bring it home when you have children who if they were Ukrainian would have the very real possibility of being drafted right now. It’s something our young men have to seriously wrestle with, not to mention their parents!

  • Wow, Caleb, that’s so hard. They look like wonderful kids. Praying none of them will get drafted!

    • Thank you for your prayers Barb! They are good kids.