Ukraine became independent in 1991
following the dissolution of the
Soviet Union. The dominant religion in
the country is Eastern Orthodoxy.
There is no precedent for what happened in Ukraine in May. The model of evangelism in most parts of Europe is outdated and doesn’t connect with a new generation. While the culture has progressed into modernity, the message of Jesus is seen as irrelevant and backward. Church leaders and ministries are hungry for a way to speak the language of the next generation, so that the timeless message of Jesus will connect. They invited PULSE to bring that message.
Beginning in the fall of 2014, PULSE spent a targeted season convening leaders and building momentum together. Ravi Zacharias partnered with us to train local pastors, we hosted youth rallies, and leaders from ministries and churches gathered at UNITE events throughout the fall. In the spring, we held MOVEMENT Evangelism Training events in every city we went to. It didn’t stop there. The people we trained spread out to different cities in Ukraine and trained others, who in turn took the training to more cities. The ripple effect of the desire to share Jesus was powerful.
We held events in Mykolaiv, Khmelnytskyi, Odessa, Melitopol, Dnepropetrovsk, and the capital, Kiev. Attendance records were shattered in every place we went. Rooms weren’t big enough for the crowds that gathered. In one city, it was the biggest gathering ever on record. We spoke to 20,000 people at the city festival in the public square of Kiev, and the following night we packed out a club in the city center.
Traveling with us from city to city was a photographer named Julie. She came on the trip without any kind of faith and almost daily, someone from our team would ask what she thought of it all. At the end of the week of events, she opened up to Nick. She said each night when he would share about how Jesus goes after the one lost sheep and the prodigal son, she would hide behind her camera and cry, knowing that was her. After the final program in Kiev, the entire tour came around Julie as she prayed to give her life to Jesus.