Lutheran Gatherings in Ukraine

1518 UK Conference

Lutheran women gather for a “Days of Faith” conference.

Since the time of the first-century Church believers have gathered for worship, support, fellowship and decision making. In Ukraine the Lutheran churches are far-flung and congregation members can easily feel isolated in their small parishes. To develop a better sense of community, the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) organizes retreats for men and women throughout the year and its Synod Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss theological and practical issues facing the church.

Together the gatherings encourage the faith of believers through studying God’s Word and fellowship as they “bear one another’s burdens.”

Most of the time those involved in the gatherings bring food from their own gardens or farms that volunteers prepare for meals. Others struggle to find enough money to travel.

Although not rich in financial resources SELCU members are growing in their faith. After attending retreats and meetings they take their renewed faith back to their villages and congregations to share with others who need to know of God’s love.

By supporting this project you are partnering with God’s mission to sow and grow the seeds of the Gospel in Ukraine. Your gift will supply funds for transportation, food, and teaching resources.

I want to support the people of SELCU.

(Project 1518) Goal: $2,900


Bible study and outreach in Zorya, Ukraine

1517 UK Zarya

Vicar Sergey Bevz

Each week Vicar Sergey Bevz, a Lutheran seminary student, travels to Zorya, a village outside the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. His mission is to help build the faith of Lutheran Church members in the village by conducting Bible studies. But it doesn’t stop there.

Since Canadian pastor Rev. Roland Syens began the studies almost 20 years ago, the gathering has included those who are not yet part of the Christian family. So the study is both an opportunity to build up the faith of the believers— which include key members of the Lutheran Church and Alpha and Omega Student Society in Dnepro— and lead others to learn more of God’s love for them in Jesus Christ as they study God’s Word together.

But before the study begins the leader has to prepare study materials, then get to the village. And like many in Ukraine he doesn’t have his own transportation or resources for photocopying handouts.

That’s where you can help by providing support for bus fare and study materials.

It’s not much—less than $95 a month—but over a year it adds up.

Your support of this project will contribute to building the spiritual health of Lutherans in the Dnepropretrovsk area and reach out to those who need to hear the Gospel.

I want to support the mission work in Zorya for at least a month

(Project 1517) Goal: $1,100