Slavik Radchuck Begins Heavy Summer Crusade Schedule in Former USSR

More help needed as outreach schedule heats up.

May 30, 2010

KIEV, UKRAINE—As Slavik Radchuk and his evangelistic team begin a new summer of outreach campaigns this month, about $14,000 is urgently needed by June 13. The cost of an evangelistic campaign in the former USSR runs up to $2000 depending on the size of the city.

Slavik Radchuk in a crusade in Ukraine. (CAM Photo)

The latest evangelistic outreach efforts began on Pentecost Sunday, a national holiday throughout Ukraine and Russia where Russian Orthodoxy is nominally the state religion. A kick-off soul-winning rally was attended by 15,000 people at one stadium. The opening meeting lasted four hours and 200 came to the altar to pray to be born again and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time.

“We have to pay as we go for expenses like stadium rentals, advertising, park permits, transportation and travel expenses for the worship teams and staff,” says Slavik.

Gasoline alone costs $8 a gallon in the former Soviet Union—and most pastors are only making $40-$50 a month. The average income is only $100 month so Russians are desperately poor and cannot do much to sponsor a crusade or evangelistic event.

Meanwhile, Slavik needs to pay all costs up front. It is usually not appropriate to ask non-Christian audiences to give contributions at these meetings.

“Our team is so very thankful to God for the support we receive from Christian Aid friends in the USA who help us reach the lost souls and bring new believers into the kingdom of God,” Slavik says.

After the big rally in Kiev, Slavik flew to Russia for a meeting with Christian leaders from Russian Federation. “We are planning a new national effort to preach the Good News in every village,” says Slavik. After that, he is planning a swing tour of 12 city crusades in Russia and Ukraine through June 17. Included will be evangelistic crusades or rallies in Odessa, Mayaki, Ymkolaey, Bashtanka.

Later in June, a series of large stadium crusades are planned for the Ukraine. Slavik has asked prayer for the following cities and dates.

“For political reasons and for the sake of having a good witness to the public, it is not appropriate to collect offerings in these crusades,” says Slavik. “That´s why I am bold to ask for help from friends of Christian Aid in America.”

“We have a time of great freedom to preach the Gospel right now but there is no guarantee that this will continue in light of the current political crisis—we need to work while we have the light, for the night may be coming when no man can work.”