February 2014 Update
Doug & Karen Phillips (1991)
In November 2013 Ukraine experienced a major protest in the capital Kiev. That protest has not ended as of today, January 29, 2014. The situation began with students who were upset with the president rejecting a free trade agreement with the European Union in favor of stronger ties with Russia. As the protest continued deep into December and then spilled over into January the government passed a series of laws that were aimed at the protesters. The character of the protest turned violent and in the last week several people were killed and many were injured. As of yesterday the laws were nullified, but protesters are not yet satisfied so the protest continues.
We want you to know that we are fine. There have been demonstrations in Odessa, but they were short-lived. We rarely go downtown anyway, and our end of town doesn't seem to attract this sort of activity. Our colleagues in Kiev, however, are much closer to the action. They are keeping a low profile and staying away from downtown.
Our team leader John Taylor wrote an update about the crisis that we would like to share with you. John's note is copied here after our closing
Thank you for your concern. We are grateful for your prayers on our behalf
Doug & Karen
Update from John Taylor, ABWE Ukraine team leader regarding Crisis in Ukraine
Many have asked how we are doing in Ukraine, and what our thoughts are on the current crisis in this country. Thank you for thinking of us!
First of all, I can assure you that we are safe from our location in Odessa, in the southern part of the country. While the protests have spread through much of the country, the violent clashes have mostly occurred in the capital city of Kyiv. Several new laws have been put into force to protect the government in an attempt to restore order.
That being said, we would appreciate your prayers for Ukraine over the next 48 hours, as the parliament convenes for an emergency session to try to resolve the crisis. Few here are expecting a quick solution. Pray for:
1. Peace, and that no more blood will be shed
2. Wisdom from above for the Ukrainian government
3. Continuing religious freedom in Ukraine, and that the new laws would not hinder God’s work
4. That the Gospel would sound forth clearly, offering the good news of a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ
The situation is changing quickly. We will try to keep you updated.
Thank you for your prayers for Ukraine!
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