And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:24
No doubt you have heard of Ukraine in the news these days. What is happening in Ukraine is very important, but it is likely that many do not really understand what is going on. Why are we suddenly hearing about this once quiet country in the news? The truth is that these problems have been just beneath the surface, and it was only a matter of time before they erupted.
The recent uprisings are, in short, for this reason: Ukraine lies in the middle of the east (Russia) and the west (Europe). It is a country divided by history, politics, culture, and even language as you can see in the picture below:
It breaks our hearts to see this country we love in such turmoil. For us, the picture in this post is not just a map. It represents real people that we know and call friends, and we greatly desire to see them live in peace and security.
I read an excellent article on the Washington Post that gives an overview of Ukraine's history and current political situation. If you are a history buff or love politics beyond your borders, you may enjoy reading the article (found by clicking here). It is lengthy, though, so you may prefer watching this two-minute video instead: (found by clicking here) to get an overall explanation of what you are seeing in the news.
We are praying for the Ukrainians we love and for the missionaries who still remain there that they would be able to stay permanently. More than a decision of "east or west," this country needs God. My hubby is planning to fly to Ukraine next month to help run a Men's Conference. I am already praying that God will use that Conference to strengthen the men of Ukraine to stand - not for one side or the other - but for God.