ukraine / europe

Spiritual Climate

Some prejudice still exists against non-traditional groups, although there is official religious freedom. Just a few of the groups that continually need ministry outreach are the large numbers of children that live on the streets and in orphanages, hundreds of thousands of students and an increasing number of people that are involved in cults. The continuous growth of evangelicals and congregations has created a large need for trained leadership inside the church.

Ground-Level Perspectives

To a Ukrainian, the ebb and flow of the Orthodox church calendar and the resulting holidays and traditions are just what you do. It doesn't seem to matter whether you feel religious or attend church services anywhere. Most people we meet are not religious and don't have very much understanding about their sinfulness before God. How grateful I am that these traditions based in a Christian cultural history regularly provide an opportunity to start conversations about a living, wonderful God!
— Donna McDonnel

Thank God for the rich Christian heritage of Ukraine. This was the “Bible Belt” of the Soviet sphere, and churches here suffered greatly until independence. Faithful perseverance is now bearing fruit as the Church comes of age and increasingly impacts society across all spheres. There is today a spiritual ambition and vision previously not present in Ukraine.
— Operation World

More about Ukraine

A Couple Raw Facts

Open Door Illustration

Freedom of religion since 1990, but some prejudice remains against non-traditional groups.

Street Kid Illustration

There are tens of thousands of street children, over 100,000 living in orphanages and many others in precarious living situations. Many of these suffer health complications from Chernobyl. The majority of orphans will become involved in drugs, crime or prostitution unless they can be lovingly reached by Christians.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Ukraine

Ukrainians face many hurdles to faith, including alcoholism, drug addiction, and the outcome of dark years under Communism when the people were made comfortable with lies and a life without God’s word. It can be difficult for Ukrainians to distinguish truth from falsehood in almost every area of life. WorldVenture has partnered with other organizations in Ukraine including the Association of Missionary Churches of Evangelical Christians of Ukraine and Donetsk Christian University to accomplish the work of education, church planting and leadership training.

Today &

Ukraine Team Goals

The people of Ukraine are open to talking about faith, religion and God, but the decision to come to Christ is seen as a path that may take years or even an entire lifetime. WorldVenture’s team in Ukraine continues to look for creative ways to present the gospel message with practical assistance. One way of reaching out is through marriage conferences and family seminars. Another means of practical assistance has been reaching out to those with disabilities in the community, addressing spiritual, physical, and vocational needs. Equipping nationals to carry on the vital ministry of establishing, discipling and supporting churches is a primary focus for WorldVenture workers in Ukraine.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



We live in high-rise apartment buildings in Kiev... living in such close proximity with so many other people all stacked together felt really strange. I had never before used an elevator several times a day just for ordinary life.
— Donna McDonnel






Our oldest child went to school, but not knowing the language, it was a bit of a blur. Ten years later, having another child in the same school of 1,500 kids from grades one to 11 became a magic key to understanding Ukraine and Ukrainians on a deeper level.
— Donna McDonnel

I'm always amazed at how much history has taken place here and how much Ukrainians value history. What Ukrainians have experienced, it's too much to fathom!
— Donna McDonnel

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

ukraine source:bbc - Google News
Ukraine crisis: Russia defies fresh Western sanctions - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine crisis: Russia defies fresh Western sanctions
BBC News
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canadian sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman said Moscow regretted "that the West is yet again displaying a complete lack of interest" in resolving the ...
Ukraine crisis: Obama orders ban on Crimea trade

Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:31:49 AM

Ukraine conflict: Hackers take sides in virtual war - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine conflict: Hackers take sides in virtual war
BBC News
... suggest that Ukraine's security services have used information obtained by hackers to direct artillery fire. But officials deny this. "We only use data obtained by people we trust and know," Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky told ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 5:26:23 PM

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine - BBC News

BBC News

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
BBC News
Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 5:28:51 PM

Ukraine underplays role of far right in conflict - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine underplays role of far right in conflict
BBC News
Ever since Ukraine's February revolution, the Kremlin has characterised the new leaders in Kiev as a "fascist junta" made up of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, set on persecuting, if not eradicating, the Russian-speaking population. This is demonstrably false.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:44:34 AM

Tech sector leading Ukraine's pro-European revival - BBC News

BBC News

Tech sector leading Ukraine's pro-European revival
BBC News
"The biggest problem for any high-tech start-up in Ukraine is intellectual property," he says. Ukraine's legal system does not provide enough protection, he argues, so many companies register in Delaware or Nevada in the US, as well as in their home ...
Ukraine in anti-corruption pledge as parliament meets

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:17:47 PM

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Summer TESL / TEFL Teachers2 Weeks4 WeeksEuropeUkraineUse your ability to speak English or your TESOL/ESL training to reach out to Ukrainians during the month of July. Length of service is 2 weeks to 4 weeks.English teachers will instruct English classes attended by community members every day during the morning sessions of the English Intensive Program, which takes place during the month of July. Assistants will lead language practice activities and conversation during the afternoon sessions. Both will participate in evening activities several times per week.The morning English teachers need TESOL/ESL teaching certification, education or previous teaching experience. Afternoon assistants simply must speak English and be enthusiastic about leading student activities. 1123

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Missionary Team

Jason & Kerri Gupta

Serving in leadership training in Ukraine

Josh & Svitlana Tokar

Assisting Gospel movements by training Church leaders at Donetsk Christian University

John & Stella White

Training leaders in Ukraine

Mark & Donna McDonnel

Training Christian leaders at the Kiev Theological Seminary in Ukraine

Eric & Beth Yodis

Working in partnership with Ukrainian Christian leaders to establish churches in Ukraine

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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