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A Winter of Worship

"Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation." (Psalm 111:1)

Christmas in January

This verse is on Alex’s heart as he ponders his gratitude to God. During the COVID lockdown, he acknowledges there are lots of opportunities to spend time alone in praise to God. But the months of December and January have been a season of corporate worship with other believers. Christmas celebrations in Ukraine are not limited to the month of December, but last through mid-January.

He and his family have enjoyed participating in worship services, special holiday events, and Christmas caroling, not only with their own church, but with other churches in the Odessa region. Alex says, “We pray that God would use us for His glory and open the hearts of those around us who do not know Him yet.”

Competing for Truth

Sometimes corporate praise looks very different than a worship service. The youth in his church divided into three teams and competed in a Bible game called, “What? Where? When?” Alex prepared for and led the games that gave the youth the opportunity to dive deep into 14 chapters of the Book of Acts. They spent several months preparing for the competition, and in the middle of having fun, were exposed to great biblical truth. 

Lockdown isolation allowed for another opportunity for Alex during the month of January. He was able to participate in, and make a presentation, in an international opinion exchange about the importance and value of changes in the church. He is giving praise to God for this wonderful opportunity to shares experiences with others from nine different countries. 

How to Pray for the Church in Ukraine

Please pray for Alex and his family as they serve the Lord in Ukraine.


Alex equips and encourages Ukrainian pastors and leaders of churches. He focuses on rural areas with little access to seminary education.

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  • Pray for God to provide the funding for Alex to be able to connect with Ukrainian pastors and leaders most in need of encouragement and equipping
  • Ask God to create opportunities in North America for Alex to share about how God has grown the church in Ukraine and how we can pray now
  • Pray for God to raise up more men and women in the Ukraine with sound doctrine and insight to minister to those hurting in a time of crisis
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