Special Prayer Alert: Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began Thursday, February 24, 2022 is being called the most aggressive act of war in Europe since World War II. As an international mission organization, TEAM is monitoring the situation in Ukraine and its effects on the world. 

First, by way of update, TEAM had two global workers in Ukraine as of a few weeks ago. Both were safely evacuated prior to the Russian attack. They leave behind ministries, churches, and their Ukrainian brothers and sisters. As members of the Body of Christ, we recognize the importance of prayer amid these challenging times. We invite you to join us in praying for the following:

    1. PRAY for TEAM-affiliated ministries and churches. TEAM has been involved in and around Odessa in particular, partnering with the Baptist church north of the city in the town of Petrovka and an international church south of the city center. The pastor of one church left Ukraine with his wife and oldest son for a trip just prior to the invasion, leaving four other children at home with grandparents. The pastor and his wife and son are now unable to return to Odessa.
    2. PRAY for families who are facing separation. Males aged 18-60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine, and so many tearful goodbyes are taking place as families flee leaving sons, fathers, husbands, and brothers behind.
    3. PRAY for those who are unable to leave their residences. Pray for them to find shelter, food, and the resources they need to survive.
    4. PRAY for the believers to know the peaceful and protective presence of their Savior. Despite heightened political tensions in Ukraine over the past weeks and months, TEAM’s missionaries report that most people did not believe there would be a war. As they live now in the daily reality of what has taken place, may believers in Ukraine experience God’s presence and the peace that passes all understanding.
    5. PRAY for those who don’t know Jesus to find Him in their time of need. May they find the great hope of the Gospel, their eyes open to the Truth as Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

We will continue to post ministry and prayer updates, as they become available, on the TEAM blog. In the meantime, thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.

Help meet critical needs today in Ukraine

(Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jon Hegner, TEAM’s Senior Director over Ukraine, as well as TEAM workers Kurt & Rochelle Zurburg, Denise Carter and Amanda Keeney for helping us compile these prayer needs.) 


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Suzanne has been a writer and storyteller for as long as she can remember. Before joining TEAM as Communications Manager, Suzanne worked for 17 years in marketing and communications in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Besides writing, Suzanne’s other passions include travel, sports and serving alongside her husband in youth ministry.


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  • I have been praying for the Ukraine situation. Now, the next question that comes to mind is how are the missionaries doing in the countries nearby? Maybe as far away as Greece or Afghanistan? Friends are serving there and it would be good to know their status as well.

    • Hi Vernon, thank you so much for asking. Several TEAM workers in areas west of Ukraine are starting to see refugees and other effects of the war. Thank you for remembering them in your prayers as well. We now have a dedicated webpage for up-to-date prayer requests related to the crisis in Ukraine, so we encourage you to visit team.org/pray-for-ukraine for new and ongoing prayer needs.

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