Revival in the Fiery Furnace of War

On 24 February 2021, bombs shattered the still morning in Kyiv, Ukraine. Trembling, FEBC’s radio host Olesia fled her home, reporting as she went. Assistant Program Manager Igor and his wife sent through a broadcast, Emma in tears. Bible program host, Pastor Sergey, calmly reported from his church what had just happened. 

In the days ensuing, the reports from FEBC staff kept coming, even as staff were on the run. Some chose to stay in the epicentre of the war to minister. They would continue to broadcast about the love of Jesus, His Word, and His protection.  

Weeks, months, and now a year on, the broadcasts never stopped. Neither has the war. 

Through the war and despite real risks, broadcasts and outreaches from the FEBC Ukraine team never stopped but only intensified.

But out of the destruction, God has brought expansion. Out of the devastation, God has birthed new life.  

Prayer intensified; Inna led more prayer on social media daily. “We pray and people accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour,” Inna shared. Her brother came to faith through listening to her! 

The ministry expanded onto the streets. Despite risks, Pastor Sergey distributed food, ministering God's love and promises to the traumatised. Igor waited at train stations, sharing hope with thousands fleeing to shelter and safety. 50,000 prayer books were distributed to the public. Audio Bibles were given to soldiers, many of them listening from the trenches. 

Ministry to Ukrainian soldiers increased. Soldiers received audio Bibles that served as torchlights too.

Counselling increased; the team received four times the number of calls they would normally do – 4,000 received Christian counselling, per month.  

Three new stations were birthed! Before the war, most Ukrainians were cultural Christians who didn’t know about the Bible. Now, through FM radio, social media, and on-ground ministry, one in four Ukrainians has heard the Good News of Jesus Christ through FEBC.  

A new radio station in Kyiv started during the war. The team had prayed for this station for years. Kyiv is widely believed to be where Orthodox Christianity spread to Eastern Europe and Russia.

Out of the fiery furnace of war, revival has begun. The Lord added to the number daily those who were being saved.  

“People feel the supernatural power of God’s Word to give hope, consolation, motivation,” Pastor Sergey shared. Videographer Dima described how some refugees placed their hope in Jesus when he continued running the service for them, despite a nearby bombing. Thousands have found peace in Jesus through the radio programs. 

Pastor Sergey and Eduard are still separated from their families.

A year on, it has not been any easier. The threats are still very real and the pain is fresh. “Everyone on the team has lost somebody,” Director Eduard shares. He and Pastor Sergey are still separated from their children and wives, who are in safe locations. To joyfully provide hope and build up faith amid such tragedy doesn’t get any easier.  

“We are tired, but at the same time, we can see millions of people who receive Jesus as their Saviour... We do not have electricity and light, but we have the light of Jesus Christ, and we should be shining more and more in these dark times,” Igor shares. "This is the essence of our work,” Pastor Sergey declares joyously. 

Click here to listen to Pastor Sergey on Vision Christian Media's 20Twenty (recorded live on 25 January, 2023).

Click here to listen to FEBC Eurasia CEO Victor on 96.5 FM (broadcasted on 29 January, 2023).

Click here to watch the update from the team in Ukraine.

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