Posted: January 28, 2022
Dear Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians on all continents:
This is a call to prayer for the peace of Ukraine, and for the well being of Anabaptist Christians living with the threat of a foreign military invasion.
Hundreds of thousands of German-speaking Mennonites once lived in Ukraine. Nearly all migrated or were forcibly removed during political upheavals of the late-19th and 20th centuries.
Today there are several Mennonite congregations in Ukraine. Mennonite Brethren leaders have been a beacon for peacemaking and salvation even as warfare in the eastern province of Ukraine has festered since 2014.
In recent weeks, Russian soldiers have come to the border of Ukraine, raising fear of imminent invasion. Pray for the peace of Ukraine, Russia and all nations involved in this conflict! Pray for churches in Ukraine ministering at this difficult time!
Dear Mennonite sisters and brothers in Ukraine:
Anabaptist-Mennonite people around the world are saddened that you must live with storm clouds of war on the horizon.
At this time of tension and waiting, know that we remember you and pray for the peace of your nation.
We cry out to God for peacemakers and for wise leadership in Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and Europe. May God strengthen you in body and spirit, providing for every physical and spiritual need at a difficult time.
With the Apostle Peter we say, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To God be the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10, 11)
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace, amen.
J. Nelson Kraybill, President