Guidelines has been involved in ministry in Ukraine since 1997.
The Guidelines Commentary is broadcast daily in Slavyansk/Kramatorsk, Ukraine on FM 68, a station of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). However, the station was destroyed and station personnel murdered in the recent Russian-backed invasion, forcing all broadcasts to be suspended.
In December 2014 Guidelines announced that FM 68, or 'Radio Possibility," as it's called, would be our second Legacy Project Station. Guidelines helped to rebuild the station, including a new tower, transmitter and station facilities. The hope of the Gospel is needed more now than ever by those seeking to put their war-torn lives back together.
Alexander & Svetlana Moseychuk
Serving in the city of Donetsk, Alexander and Svetlana pastor the evangelical New Life Church, reaching the unchurched Ukrainian people by meeting their physical and spiritual needs. “Seventy years of communism led the evangelical church to focus inward,” Alex explains, “unfortunately the church has little influence on society.” New Life Church is changing this in a powerful way, calling for repentence, especially since the Russian-backed invasion of the Donetsk area in 2014.
Pastor Alex's life has been threatened repeatedly and his family home invaded yet still he serves, making the dangerous trip out of the war zone to buy food for the church's feeding program. In addition to the Church’s “Christian Family Center” feeding and warming programs for the community, the church is known for its outreaches to the blind, disabled children and their families. Also a high priority are classes for families and couples.
Good Shepherd Children’s Shelter
In the Ukrainian city of Makeevka, the Good Shepherd Shelter is a safe place for kids whose loved ones’ lives are in tatters, often wrecked by drugs and alcohol. The 50 children living at the Shelter receive an education, a warm bed and food as well as the love of a family in a caring Christian environment.
Under Ukranian law, a child may stay at a shelter for minors for a length of three months. After that period a family must be found for the child or the child must be sent to a government orphanage. Many children leave for government run boarding schools where conditions currently remain difficult, both in terms of material resources and spiritual help. The Shelter’s “Follow Me” program was created to visit children who have been among their short-term residents and now live in government boarding schools (internats). The team shares Bible lessons and holds Christmas and Easter celebrations with the children. They also provide spiritual, psychological, and partial material support to the children at five government boarding schools every week.
In the Spring of 2014, Russian-backed terrorists invaded eastern Ukraine and children at the Shelter were evacuated to Western Ukraine. The kids are well and in school but many worry greatly about family members remaining in the war zone. The Good Shepherd home has not been destroyed.
Government: Democratic republic
Population: 44,291,000 - Ukranian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8%
Language: Ukrainian (official) 67%, Russian (regional language) 24%, other (includes small Romanian-, Polish-, and Hungarian-speaking minorities) 9%
Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%, Roman Catholic 2.2%, Protestant 2.2%, Jewish 0.6%, other 3.2% (2006 est.)