From Devastation to Blessing
The widespread urgent need for basic food like bread, motivated Pastor Vasile Kovalev to take immediate action. During a visit last year SGA learned about his plan to open a bakery. With funds provided, refurbishment commenced on an old building. Today the once dilapidated dwelling in the middle of a field has been transformed into a bustling bakery, running round the clock and producing 1400 loaves daily. The bakery also provides much needed employment – it offers work for fourteen, with the prospect of increasing its staff. The SGA-funded delivery van brings the welcome supply of bread to people on the front line. While Vasile is helping to provide essentials for physical life, he emphasizes,
‘our goal is to offer people salvation. That is the great need’.
Before the conflict, he had two church plants under his supervision. Now God has wonderfully given the increase to six daughter churches.
On the war front line in the small town of Mariinka, Pastor Michael serves in the evangelical church. He shared wonderful news that he has baptised 267 new converts since the conflict began, adding that the church building is much too small for the many who desire to come for worship.
As the Lord works by His Spirit in Ukraine, there is a growing need for pastors. Within the evangelical denomination with which SGA [UK] partners in ministry, 250 new pastors are required each year to replace those retiring from ministry and head up new church plants.