Ukrainian ministry leaders to speak about crisis in their homeland

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

The founders of a Ukrainian ministry who are visiting High Point will discuss the current crisis taking place in their country during a public presentation Monday evening.
Nick and Maia Mikhaluk, the founders and directors of a Ukrainian missions ministry called International Partnerships, will present “A Divided Ukraine? Think Again...” at 7 p.m. Monday at First Wesleyan Church. The program is free and open to the public.
The Mikhaluks, who have a team of supporters in High Point and have visited the city several times, wrote in a recent email to supporters, “Only God can turn this situation around. We see that everywhere in Ukraine, thousands of people are turning their hearts and prayers to God.”
The country has been in a state of political turmoil and social unrest for months, sparked by antigovernment protests dating back to late 2013. The protests eventually led to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich in February, followed by Russian troops taking control of Crimea in early March — and the threat of more violence looms.
The Mikhaluks have a great insight into the situation in their native Ukraine. They were living in Russia and experienced the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and they began their ministry after moving back to Ukraine in 1997. They also experienced Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004 — a series of democratic protests, and they currently live in the capital city of Kiev, where much of the recent unrest has taken place.
Maia Mikhaluk has written about the crisis for CNN, and she recently wrote a column for the Sanford Herald in Sanford, where the couple also have supporters.
“My generation has not seen wars until now,” she wrote in the Sanford Herald. “The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and Orange Revolution in 2004 didn’t cost any lives. Living in a relatively democratic country in the center of Europe, I could never have imagined the horrors I have seen in the past few months.
“I’ve choked on tear gas, my ears hurt from close explosions, and I’ve the sound of bullets. I have a couple injuries from being once under riot police attack, but I consider myself lucky, for my injuries are not bullet wounds or broken bones as thousands of others had who were around me in those days of protests.”
She says she worries for the future of her native country — and for the couple’s two children.
“I can’t sleep because I worry about my kids,” she wrote. “Now that we are at war with Russia every day, we hear experts’ speculations about when and how (Kiev) will be attacked. We hear advice (about) where to run if our house is bombed. We read instructions (about) what to pack to survive at least the first few days.
“At times, it all seems surreal, like a bad dream that we can just wake up from. My head hurts from these thoughts, and my heart gets broken in a new way every day.”
The Mikhaluks’ ministry, International Partnerships, exists to help university-educated people of the former Soviet Union come to Christ and grow as believers, according to the ministry website. This is accomplished through Bible discussion groups, summer outreach camps and English as a Second Language classes.
For more information, visit the website at www.ipministry.org.

Want to go?

Nick and Maia Mikhaluk, founders and directors of the Ukrainian ministry International Partnerships, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at First Wesleyan Church, 1701 Westchester Drive.
They will share how current events are affecting their country and their ministry.
The program is free.
For more information about International Partnerships, visit www.ipministry.org.