Re-Registration Demand Closes Some Ukrainian Churches

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Ukraine (Mission Network News) – There really isn’t such a thing as a “thumbnail sketch” of the situation between Ukraine and Russia.

Politics are at the surface of complex loyalties that run generations deep. Most ministries in the region walk carefully, skirt the political buzz phrases like potholes, and try not to say or do anything that will jeopardize their church’s future. …

What awaits the evangelical church in these territories? Slavic Gospel Association’s Joel Griffith shares some trends, as told to him by SGA-sponsored missionary pastors and the leadership in the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), “Apparently, the officials that are in this separatist region of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have threatened Baptist Union pastors to not meet for worship or else they could face raids and fines.”

It has to do with a re-registration process of these churches. The deadline for compliance was last Sunday, March 17. Griffith says that in February, an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor in Rovenki near the city of Lugansk told them of the registration directive.

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