We told you about Slavik Rimski, Capitol Ministries volunteer Global Director for Europe, who was in California for required training when Russia invaded his homeland of Ukraine.
You may remember that Slavik was unable to return to his wife and young children when the war shuttered airports in his country and in nearby nations. In a dramatic escape, his family was able to flee Ukraine and meet Slavik in a different country where they remain safe.
From his current location, Slavik continues to accomplish his responsibilities to work with other CapMin men in Europe and grow the ministry across the continent. The following is a current report from Slavik about the progress of Capitol Ministries Bible studies to Ukrainian political leaders amid the war.
“No matter how many Bibles Russians burn, we will keep buying and placing God’s Word into the hands of the decision makers.” — Vitaliy Orlov, CapMin Ministry Leader, Ukraine
Capitol Ministries Part-Time, Volunteer Global Director for Eastern and Western Europe
It is hard to describe with words the tragedy and grief that Russia’s invasion has rained down upon the Ukrainian people.
Some cities are demolished to ashes and communities across my beautiful homeland bear the scars of mass graves where the bodies of thousands of innocent civilians are buried. The violence of Russians armies is horrific and incomprehensible.
It is estimated that nearly 11 million people have fled their homes. According to the United Nations, Ukraine is experiencing the fastest growing refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Yet, in times like this there is Light coming from the work of God’s church and its leaders.
Ukrainian Bible-teaching churches once again demonstrated amazing unity in responding to the humanitarian needs of the people and converted church buildings into sleeping and feeding areas. Many have come to faith in Christ and daily, new believers join the church.
Another light in Ukraine is Capitol Ministries.
Even during martial law in Ukraine, there is a Bible study movement taking place in military administrations, local government, and decisions centers.
Capitol Ministries is well established and has been working to build Bible studies to Ukraine’s political leaders since 2019.
Through trips to my country, in launching Bible studies, and teaching and training conferences, CapMin’s objective from the beginning was to train and equip “oaks in office”–Christian political leaders who know how to stand strong amidst crisis and in war time.
As the war rages on, we rejoice that the capital city stood and having suffered huge losses, the invaders retreated.
And in another region of Ukraine, despite heavy attacks by Russians, this Capitol Ministries Bible study met. We won’t disclose the name of the region for the security concerns.
On April 27 leaders were taught about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There was an atmosphere of peace and confidence that only the Holy Spirit can create.
Those who want to bury Ukrainian cities under the convoys of Russian tanks must realize that there will be a Resurrection of Ukraine.
Vitaliy Orlov, who is CapMin’s coordinator for Ukraine, has wisely noted, “You can try to bury the truth in the grave but it won’t stay there.”
He said, “The Bible gives our political leaders a sense of direction. God’s Word answers the pressing questions of life and death, war and peace.”
“That’s why Russians burned thousands of Bibles in Irpin (a town in the outskirts of Kyiv). The Devil always wants to keep the Bible away and is using all possible means to keep it away from those who are in authority.”
But Vitaliy vows that efforts to destroy God’s Word will not prevail. Dedicated ministry leaders across Ukraine buy and distribute Bibles and continue to lead Bible studies to local and state political leaders.
“The Bible is the sword and we want to make sure that all our military leaders are supplied with the Spiritual Sword to win the battles,” Vitaliy said.
“No matter how many Bibles Russians burn, we will keep buying and placing God’s Word into the hands of the decision makers.”
Vitaliy said he is encouraged that Capitol Ministries is able to serve the political leaders of Ukraine.
“It is hard to describe the amount of responsibility, stress, and emotional load placed on the shoulders of elected officials during the war,” he said.
“Our local ministry leaders are ready to serve them and dig into Scriptures together to find peace, strength and comfort.
“Not only does the Bible provide answers to many questions but it points to the source of wisdom and guidance from God.”
As evil progresses, the Bible teaches us to overcome evil with good and pray without ceasing. We ask the people of America to continue daily prayers for Ukraine.
Maybe your prayer will be the last drop into God’s cup of anger that will be poured against those who approve and execute the killings of Ukrainians.
In 2020, Vitaliy and several others successfully completed the Capitol Ministries required training in the United States to become ministry leaders in Ukraine.
Click here to support Vitaliy Orlov and Capitol Ministries’ mission to establish discipleship Bible studies to political leaders across Ukraine. Thank you in advance for helping us keep the light of God’s Word ignited in the hearts of citizens and leaders in Ukraine.