Hundreds of Thousands Gather In The Streets Of Ukraine To Celebrate The Protestant Reformation And To Praise The Name Of Jesus

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – in the USA on October 31st.

On October 31st, 1517, Luther posted his 95 Theses at Wittenberg.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree recognizing the anniversary of the Reformation – the contribution of Protestant churches and the religious organizations’ role in Ukrainian history.

The streets of Kiev filled with songs of praise and thanks as 500,000 evangelical, Ukrainian Christians gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. (Photo Credit: Flickr)

“Many traveled from all four provinces there just to be a part of that celebration, to thank God for the freedom to worship, to thank God for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness,” Sergey Rakhuba with Mission Eurasia told Mission Network News.

The gathering came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed an order recognizing the anniversary of the reformation.

“It was so exciting to see on the screen of my computer where I was watching young people with so much joy. They glorify God in the midst of their capital. This was the same place where they were protesting just a few years ago fighting for their freedom. But, also, this is the place where many years ago, Communists would force people to demonstrate and propagate Socialism, Atheism, Communism, and other ‘isms’ in their country.”

Rakhuba says young people are the key to spreading Protestantism in Ukraine.

“That’s what Mission Eurasia is doing, working with the next generation, those who take the baton, those who get into the generational gap and take the Gospel to their communities,” he says.

Young people aren’t just spreading the gospel in Ukraine, now they’re exporting missionaries throughout the world.

“I just talked to a group of young people. They just came to this celebration from their mission trip to Mongolia in China — young Ukrainians who felt like the Holy Spirit was leading them to take the Gospel to … Mongolia where they reached thousands of young people through summer camps!”

Ukraine may still be in the middle of a war with Russia, but it is growing leaps and bounds spiritually.

“Ukraine is still in the midst of war. Eastern Ukraine and territories are still occupied by Russian or pro-Russian separatists. Crimea was annexed by Russia. So yes, Ukraine is struggling politically, economically, but Ukraine is striving today spiritually, pleading to God to bless that nation,” Rakhuba says.  CBN

Video: Dramatic Ukraine Water Pipe Explosion

This week an underground water pipe in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, exploded causing massive damage.

This is the moment an underground water pipe exploded, sending rocks and soil flying and damaging nearby cars and buildings.

The huge bulge of soil exploded into the air after a high-pressure water pipe burst in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev on Monday.

The spectacular explosion left six square-metre hole in the ground as muddy water flooded the streets.

One woman in a cream-coloured sweater watched the explosion which damaged nearby cars – but incredibly left her unharmed.

The high-pressure water pipes had been used to funnel hot water to housing complexes from central heating plants.

Fortunately the pipe, which normally carries scalding water, was only filled with cold water when it exploded.

Officials said they have been carrying out tests, which is why the water had not been heated.

mmediately after the explosion, the muddy water from the pipeline can be seen flooding the street as another woman stands by watching the destruction in dismay.

Council workers responsible for the communal pipeline say the burst happened on a section of the pipeline that had previously not been in use for 37 years.

As a result they came under criticism when it was pointed out that the normal pipeline would only be expected to operate for 25 years before being replaced, and certainly not be put into service again after a 37-year break. DailyMail