Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Euromaidan: World on Fire

Watching what is going on back home, begin so far away... there aren't really any words. I was fifteen during the Orange Revolution, when the political heart of the country exploded into a stand for freedom and westernization. Just a few years later, and Russia has slowly crept back onto the scene through the power of its ability to appoint leaders in Ukrainian government willing to give back up their freedom. Like Yanukovich, our president right now who has signed into law colonization laws against the protest of millions of citizens across the country. In a world very different from the one where I grew up in, the cobblestone streets are slick not only with ice but also blood and ash from fires as the people stand up against the standing army of Berkuit soldiers. One of the last statues of Lenin was torn down by the people. The Parlament broke into a brawl among the leaders themselves, leaving bloody hands that may represent more than just their own blood, too. Millions gather to form barricades throughout the capitol and protest the loss of constitutional freedom that include the right to assemble and the freedom of speech. Leaders of the opposition are disappearing, and journalists covering the Euromaidan revolution imprisoned. Both the US and the European Union had spoken against the violence and sent in diplomats with little results. The timeless streets of my beautiful capitol have become a war zone, with no end in sight as of yet. Regardless of political agenda, the loss of Ukrainian freedom will result in the loss of freedom for the gospel and will affect missionaries across the country, my friends, my family. Please be in prayer. It is so hard to be so far away. I wish I were home, I would be there with a flag, too.

Please, pray for Ukraine.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your prayers. Our city, Kharkov, to this point isn't affected except to see demonstrators line our center city street waving the flag of our current President. Funny though, I have not found a single individual anywhere who is not vocally against the President's policies so where are these people coming from who are lining the street? Perhaps, like the Presidential campaign it is merely people being paid to stand there and wave their flags. We are told by college kids here that they are paid and instructed to stand and wave the flag and most of them are so eager for the money and the thrill of doing something other than their education assignments that they jump at the chance. We will just sit back, pray, and watch to see how things develop. I sure hope there are hearts longing for the freedom which our Heavenly Father offers every soul, so that He will deem Ukraine worthy of keeping their missionaries.