Ryan and Ashley Salomon have just relocated from L’Viv to Kiev and it is a new beginning for them as they focus on language learning, find stability and significance for their family, and prepare a foundation for their time of future ministry geared towards the youth of the nation. Aaron and Katya Pilon show strong leadership as they develop Bible Studies, programs and outreaches to grow the University Campus ministry based from the International Church in Kiev. We spoke to this student group on ‘Calling’ and most came forward for prayer desirous to know and follow God’s purposes for their lives.
Katya, a new doctor, toured us through the refugee center. It was obvious, as the mothers gathered around her, that she brings much appreciated medical aid, advice and friendship.
Two of Aaron’s summer interns have spent significant time in the war-torn area of the Crimean, discovering the needs of the families who have suffered death and hunger, bringing in needed supplies and helping them to find hope in Christ even as their neighborhoods are being bombarded by rockets and missiles. Even in this atmosphere, new churches are being planted!
Ukrainian Independence Day took place the Monday we were with Aaron and Katya. Along with some 300,000 others, many dressed in their national costumes, marching and carrying the Ukrainian flag, we walked the main street of Kiev as they grieved the losses of their dead and demonstrated loyalty to their nation in the midst of turmoil.