Pastor Oleg Magdych of Kyiv has decided to join the defenders fighting for Kyiv. Asked why he wouldn’t evacuate, he said:
“It would be easier to run away and pray… but… We’re taking the church to where people are. I’m doing this because I want my men to survive or to die knowing God. I want to defend my land, my home, my house, my people, my children… that’s what motivates me.
“Isaiah 58:12 says “you will rebuild the streets that are broken, and the walls”. That’s what I want to do—rebuild the city physically and rebuild the nation spiritually….
“Speak up for us. We will defend our land, but we need someone to cover us with prayers and to spread the word about what’s going on in Ukraine.”