Top 5 People Groups
Balkan Romani: 618,000
Crimean Tatar: 300,000
Located between Russia and the nations of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, Ukraine is a bridge of sorts between the East and the West.
The 20th century brought unimaginable heartache and suffering. Ukraine became one of the founding republics of the U.S.S.R. in 1922. Between civil war that brought the Soviets to power and the famine of 1921, over 1.5 million people perished and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Worse still, Communist leader Joseph Stalin´s program of agricultural collectivization had a devastating effect on food production in the 1930s and led to the deaths of some 10 million people. World War II brought further travails, including occupation by Nazi Germany.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine´s new–found independence was marred by a struggling economy. Alcoholism, drug abuse, and fractured families contributed to a breakdown in society. As a result, there are large numbers of at–risk children living in orphanages or on the street. Unless they are reached by compassionate Christian groups, many neglected children turn to drugs, prostitution, and crime.
The nation´s churches also suffered great persecution during more than a century of repressive government rule. Ukraine has a rich Christian heritage and is referred to by Operation World as “the Bible Belt of the Soviet sphere.” Slavic Christianity was born in Kiev some 1,000 years ago. Most Ukrainians are affiliated with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The population of 44 million people is listed as 73 percent Christian, 25 percent non–religious, and two percent Muslim. Evangelicals make up less than 3 percent of Christian denominations.
Recent Prayerline Posts
UKRAINE. Impacting street kids by providing skills and education to prepare them for adulthood, workers at Father’s House have cleared a space for a sports playground for the children at the shelter. They need to surface it and put in fencing and a basketball court ...
UKRAINE. More than 2,000 children attend camps in eastern Ukraine, where war-weary people know little about Christ. Christian Mission Harvest presents the gospel and children’s Bibles with full-color illustrations at the camps and needs 2,500 copies ($5 each). ...
July 27, 2017 - Sniffing glue or taking drugs was once the only way for street kids in the Ukraine to escape the cold realities of their lives. Then came the miracles of holistic healing. Read more.