The Russians are Coming

The Russsians Are ComingMy Grandpa still thinks that we live in Russia — he can’t seem to remember that Ukraine is its own sovereign nation, no longer under the control of Moscow…or at least that has been true for the past 23 years. But, tomorrow Grandpa might be correct…

Ok, that was dramatic…and hopefully it will never be true, but today it became a possibility.

We know that many of you have been watching the news and are aware of the deteriorating political situation here in Ukraine. We know that you are paying attention because so many of you have let us know that you are praying for us and the people of Ukraine. Thank you for your notes and prayers. We can’t currently keep up with all of them, so we decided to send a general response to you to give you an update, and to help you better interpret the news.

The news is changing very rapidly here, and in the last week, keeping up with the latest has become almost a full-time occupation. We have been consumed with need to read a range of sources that are constantly being updated throughout the day.

A couple of hours ago, mid-morning in the US, the Russian parliament gave permission to use military force in Ukraine. If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that they haven’t been waiting for permission–in fact, the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea has already been occupied by Russian forces. So the question is, does this new permission mean that Russia is planning to move into other Ukrainian states as well?

This situation has been developing since November (click here for more background). We have been unable to comment on it since censorship laws were imposed, and we didn’t want to get our Ukrainian partners in trouble. But a week ago the situation came to a head when violence broke out, the government was toppled, and with it, the censorship laws.

We have never felt that our safety was threatened, but this latest move by Russia to authorize military force is changing the game. In the coming hours and days, it will be clear what their plan is. If this simply is an attempt to legitimize their current operations, it shouldn’t affect us at all as we are quite a distance from Crimea. On the other hand, it’s possible that their program is expanding, despite their many claims of respecting Ukraine’s “territorial integrity.”

So, we are closely watching as the situation unfolds, and we have a variety of contingency plans depending on what happens next. We currently think that it is unlikely we will need to use any of them. Please pray with us that that would be the case.

5 Comments to “The Russians are Coming”

  1. Beth Defenbaugh says:

    Gupta’s I am praying continually for you and your safety! Praying for the Ukrainian people as well! Is very sad and I know it breaks the heart of our Heavenly Father!! Be safe and know I am praying for you all! Hugs! Beth

  2. Scott Irwin says:

    This has been fascinating to watch from Texas, but it’s certainly got to be unsettling and a huge test of faith. I can’t understand or explain why Americans aren’t pay much attention or not interested, up to and including President Obama. Be safe!

  3. Candy says:

    I was just thinking today about how this has gone on since November. I saw the breaking news report about Russia’s military moving into Ukraine and my heart sank. I’ll pray for you.

  4. Brian and Michelle says:

    You guys and the region are in our prayers! Thanks for the updates!

  5. Beverly Huston says:

    I just want to let you know that the Edmond First Baptist Church’s womens prayer group are praying for you and the people of Ukraine and will continue to do so. God’s richest blessings to you is our prayer.

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