A young Ukrainian Christian left university to lead a church

Ukraine (MNN) — What were you doing at 23? Eric Mock of The Association of the Slavic Gospel tells a story of Ukraine’s war zone. “At 23, Dimitri saw that there was a church without a pastor. So he left college with his friend for a while. They went to the war zone so they could lead the church there without a pastor.

Mock was able to visit this church and meet Dimitri during a trip to Ukraine. “I remember my wife and I were driving to church, and there he was. He and his friend were coming out the front door with a huge bucket of soup sloshing right between them, loading him into a battered old car. I said, ‘Where are you going?’ They said, ‘Well, the bombing was very difficult. So we give soup to all the people who are in their bomb shelters.

“We wanted to make sure all the old people had cups of soup.”

This is an example of how Ukrainian Christians demonstrated the hope of Jesus as the war between russia and ukraine drags on.

Mock recounts another time when he helped these believers distribute food. “A man said, ‘We don’t get any extra help from the government. But you, the church, come out. What motivates you to come? And they were standing there and they wanted to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The header photo shows a church in the war zone between Russia and Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Alex Ryabchyn, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Charles K. Eckert