Miracles in Ukraine Prove God Is Real: The Church in Wartime
God is performing miracles in Ukraine that are encouraging His people and demonstrating to everyone the tender mercy and power of the God of heaven and earth. IFA staff met with Vitaly and Maksym of Intercessors for Ukraine this week and heard story after story of miracles. We share a few of them with you: Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. (Ps 126: 2-3)
Miracle #1: “People are so open to the gospel!”
Vitaly and Maksym shared that the Church in Ukraine is experiencing an unprecedented opportunity to evangelize. They explained that there is no other hope than Christ so people are being pushed, by the challenging wartime circumstances, to pray. They told us that they have not seen this kind of hunger for God since perhaps the early 1990s.
One of Maksym’s pastoral assistants, Vladimir, joined the army. He is holding mini services daily and everyone except one man in the unit comes! Another, in time of peril for the unit, asked Vladimir, “Can you lead me in the sinner’s prayer? I need that stuff (referring to Vladimir’s relationship with God).”
Miracle # 2: The power of worship and praise
Maksym’s church is in a city that is stopping point for refugees headed to safety. They are helping thousands of refugees and conducting praise and worship services. Normally, sirens ring out all day and night, and everyone needs to go to the bomb shelter. One day an extended time of worship was planned–8 hours. After 1 hour, Maksym told us that everyone felt the atmosphere had shifted. At the end of 8 hours, Maksym concluded the service–no sirens had gone off the entire time! Yet within a minute or two, a siren sounded, they headed into the shelter, but after a short time were sent home. Here is the powerful testimony Maksym shared, “Vertical praise has built a dome over us!”
Miracle # 3: God fights our battles!
One of the members of Vitaly’s church serves in the military. He called his parents from the front line to tell them that military intelligence had warned of large drop of Russian paratroopers near where he was stationed. They were told, “Expect it.” He called to ask his parents to pray and get others to pray, which they did.
This is what he saw with his own eyes. The Russian planes flew overhead and he saw the paratroopers drop from the planes in the sky. “God sent a strong wind,” Vitaly told us. They watched as the wind pushed the Russian paratroopers back over the line into Russian territory!
Miracle #4: God fights our battles again!
Amphibious warships approached Odessa from the Black Sea, intending to make landfall and attack. God created such a storm on the Black Sea for 4 days ships couldn’t come near the shore.
Miracle #5: The invaders are full of fear.
Vitaly and Maksym told us hundreds of reports confirm that the Russian soldiers are full of dread, not just fear. They attribute this to the Lord, like in the Bible when God filled the enemies of Israel with dread in battle.
Miracle #6: Babies calmed by the peace of Christ.
Vitaly’s church is affiliated with a home for disabled children. The 72 children are now being evacuated out of the country. Please pray for their safety. Early on in the invasion, the children cried constantly–it seemed that they were panicked like many of the adults in the country. When the ladies of the church prayed over them, they became quiet and peaceful.
God is making a difference in Ukraine!
Intercessors for Ukraine has printed and distributed 300,000 prayer guides throughout Ukraine. You can download a translation and prayer points HERE. Please pray as the Word of God goes out to a people hungry for hope.
Are you encouraged by these miracles, large and small? Please share with a friend.
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