'Holy Desperation' in Ukraine, Gott Says; by Diana Chandler, at Baptist Press
"The Ukrainian crisis has kindled an interdenominational prayer movement in the nation, said a Southern Baptist evangelist who ministers there and has accepted an invitation from Ukrainian Baptists to preach on a national day of mourning in Kiev.
"Ukrainian Christians believe only God can protect the nation from Russian control in the midst of upheaval that led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February, said Michael Gott, who has been ministering in Ukraine nearly 40 years.
"'The churches, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, the evangelicals, the Baptists and the Pentecostals are now having prayer meetings together, asking God to intervene in their nation's history -- and it is an atmosphere of holy desperation," Gott told Baptist Press.
"'They are saying, 'God if You don't help us, we're down the tubes. We're facing a collapse of our whole nation.'"