Did you know Ukraine is the world’s largest producer of sunflower seeds, and that the sunflower is their national flower? It is impossible not to be impressed by the courage and solidarity of this nation. Like a field of sunflowers they are standing tall, facing the future together.
Thank you for the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people. Thank you for the church and the many believers in Ukraine and Russia. Like sunflowers that turn to follow the sun, in this time of great trial may there be a massive turning to you, their true Son!
Did you know Ukraine is nicknamed the ‘Bread basket of Europe’? Vast tracts of arable land and fertile black soil make Ukraine ideal for growing wheat and other food crops. It is one of the largest wheat producers in the world. As we continue to pray with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and around the world, may there be a spiritual harvest for surely the fields are ready (John 4:35).
We know that we can’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Thank you for the courage of your church and their leaders who continue to care for their people and sow the seeds of your Word broadly in these desperate days. May this crisis bring a spiritual awakening throughout Europe.
Did you know Ukrainians are proud of their gas lamp invention? Two Lviv based Ukrainian pharmacists invented it in 1853, and today in that city there is a pub-museum with the second largest collection of gas lamps in Europe!
The Chief Rabbi in Ukraine has called all Christians to join with Jews in praying Psalm 31 together. A staff worker for the Ukrainian Bible Society and pastor of a church says this psalm of David is their reality right now and God is speaking to many through its timeless words of truth. May the Word of God continue to be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path (119:105).
Faithful God, your people are in distress; they are filled with sorrow fear and grief. You see their affliction in cities under bombardment. Mute the lying lips that spread fake news, and bring down the proud. You are God. Show your love, bring deliverance as we plead together with the Ukrainian saints for mercy. Let your people be strong, take courage and wait for you, Lord.