Crimean Pastor Believes Ukraine Conflict Is Also a Battle for Souls, Calls for More Prayer and Bibles

A local pastor in Simferopol has called on believers across the country to pray for peace. Here believers gather, lifting their hands in praise and prayer. Simferopol is located in the Crimea region of Ukraine.  IMB file photo.
A local pastor in Simferopol has called on believers across the country to pray for peace. Here believers gather, lifting their hands in praise and prayer. Simferopol is located in the Crimea region of Ukraine. IMB file photo.

Crimean pastor Kostya Bakonov said he believes the conflict in Ukraine is not only a political battle, but a battle for souls as well, calling for more Bible and more prayer.

In the middle of what some are calling the biggest crisis between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, Ukrainian Christians are not panicking, but are on the offensive by praying.

Last week, Ukraine ordered a full military mobilization in response to the buildup of Russian forces on the Crimean peninsula, an autonomous republic within the border of Ukraine.

Ukrainian’s new Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has warned that the country is “on the brink of disaster,” with Crimea’s multiethnic population battling over decisions concerning its future while NATO and Russia stand on opposing sides.

Bakonov, who leads a church in the Crimean city of Simferopol, said that all across Ukraine churches are calling for prayer vigils to ask God for peace in their country and for His name to be glorified.

“In our church we have a prayer chain 24/7,” he said, asking believers worldwide to join them in praying for their country. “I fervently believe the crisis in Ukraine is not only about the political stability in the country and region but also for the souls of men.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Nicole Lee