Violence Pushes Ukraine Closer To War, by Ruth Kramer, Mission Network News
"Germany’s foreign minister warns that Ukraine is close to war.
"Deadly clashes took place Monday outside Slavyansk as Ukrainian troops clashed with pro-Russia separatists, killing 30.
"Slavic Gospel Association remained vigilant as Odessa convulsed in vicious street battles. The city is home to the SGA-sponsored Odessa Theological Seminary, as well as SGA missionaries.
"Last Friday, pro-Russian activists and demonstrators for the unity of Ukraine clashed, leaving behind more than 40 dead.
"Yet even in the midst of this terrible violence and tension, the evangelical churches SGA serves have a singular focus. Slavic Gospel Association spokesman Joel Griffith says, “The evangelical churches that we’re serving are sort of in the ‘fire zone’ there, and they’re just praying for peace to be restored to the region.” They’re also praying “that the Lord would, even in the midst of this hostility, somehow give them the means to be able to proclaim the peace and the love and the reconciliation of Christ.'”