Pray for: Ukraine

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Kyiv (Kiev)
Population: 43,466,822
% Urban: 69.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 15.9 %
Official Language: Ukrainian, but Russian widely spoken
Languages: 42
Literacy Rate: 99 %
HDI Ranking: 74 / 189
% Christian: 79 %
% Evangelical: 3.8 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 79 %
People Groups: 78
Least Reached People Groups: 28
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Ukraine

Title: Ukraine

Tier: 1

Type: country

Thank God for the rich Christian heritage of Ukraine. Christianity in the Slavic world began in Kyiv 1,000 years ago. Churches here suffered greatly until independence (1991) and millions of Christians died, but the faithful perseverance of the Church now bears fruit. Today it impacts most of society. Evangelicals emerged from 130 years of persecution with larger numbers and stronger faith. Ukraine has a spiritual drive and vision present today that is different from generations before.

Ukraine

Title: Ukraine

Tier: 1

Type: country

Communism fell 30 years ago, but its effects persist. The new market economy drove many into poverty while a few gained extreme wealth through corrupt means. These powerful oligarchs make money from Ukraine, but usually invest their riches outside the country. Ukraine’s economic troubles increase the political tensions between East and West. When Communism ended, the empty space without values or morals led to a rapid increase of hopelessness, alcoholism, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Many opportunities exist for holistic and compassionate ministries, and believers must not miss this open door. Pray that the Church might minister the heart of Christ to Ukraine, a nation with no shortage of needs!

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.