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#19 Revolution and Revival, Ukraine in Turmoil -Podcast

Ukraine is in turmoil! In the last few weeks the world’s eye has been on Kiev and the clashes between protesters and riot police.

In this episode of Now is the Time I describe for you the scene as I experienced it earlier this week walking around downtown Kiev.

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I answer the questions below in this podcast.

  • What is all the fuss in Kiev really about?
  • How are revolutions and revivals similar?
  • Should Christians participate in protests like this? (Thanks to Carl for this question!)
  • What do Christians need to keep in mind in these situations?

Will you join me in praying this month  for Ukraine?

  • Pray for political stability
  • Pray for the churches
  • Pray that God’s people would use this opportunity to share the hope of Jesus
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Looking down on EuroMaidan square in central Kiev, Ukraine

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Cooks prepare large pots of soup for hungry and cold protesters.

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Christmas tree on Maidan has been turned into a giant sign for the protesters.

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A few protesters huddle below a monument on EuroMaidan in Kiev

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A woman walks down a snowy street with an ominous line of riot police behind her.

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Protesters discuss the situation on the other side of a police barricade.

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Police and protesters stare at each other separated by a makeshift barricade.

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President Obama shows his support for Yulia Tymoshenko

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Protesters in front of an Orthodox Church in Kiev

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A priest walks among protesters carrying a cross on EuroMaidan in Kiev.

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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!

  • I cringe when I think of this and friends like Zee and you being in this situation. So glad you were able to get out and realized how dangerous it was getting. I am on the outside looking in but from where I stand the protesters have a legitimate stand. But I only know what I am told.

    • Honestly, I felt pretty safe when I was there. The riot police were not engaged at that time. However, just as we went down into the subway on to leave there was an announcement made that they were shutting down all the stops in the center of town because of bomb threats.

  • Dan Erickson

    It always hurts to see problems around like these in the world. I feel more connected now that I have a connection with you. I appreciate your work and I hope your work can help to bring peace to the region someday.

    • Thanks Dan. These events always remind me that we have a better hope in Jesus who will ultimately provide a government that will be much better than any government we can think of today.

  • Praying for the church in Kiev, it’s not a coincidence you’ve beeb called to be there.

    • Thanks Floyd! I have to agree, in God’s providence there are no coincidences!

  • God works in mighty ways! It starts with individuals being willing to risk their lives to share His love and light.

    I can’t fully image what the people there are experiencing. America truly is blessed but we are not immune. I will continue to pray. I will also be praying that God helps Christians in America to wake up to the reality that our nation is fragile. We all need God.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Powerful.

    God bless and keep you as your further His kingdom.

    • Thanks for your prayers TC. I think your right in saying that America is blessed but not immune. It’s helpful to see these things first hand sometimes to remind ourselves that no matter where we are there could be instability. For me this drives home the fact that I need Christ as my foundation.

      • Amen! We must build on Christ or nothing can withstand the storms of this world.

  • Betty Draper

    Praying Caleb…and for our blog friend Zee too. I remember riding in a cab in Santa Cruz , Bolivia and he drove right into a riot of collage students who were mad at the US. They were beating on the car with stick, my daughter and I were in the back of the cab, another friend in the front with the driver. It was too scary and really thought we were going to be pulled out of the cab any minute then the driver seen an alley and thank God was able to get to it and escape. Watching the news video clip brought a taste of that fear back, it such a helpless feeling. Those who protest are willing to risk their lives in making a stand. Thanks for the informational inside take on this Caleb. Praying.

    • Those things can be scary Betty. It’s at times like these that we have to remember that God is still in control.