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Ukraine

 

map-ukraineThe Christian community in Ukraine is present in more diverse ways than in any other nation of the former Soviet Union. That diversity spans Orthodox, Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist and many other modern traditions. In this new era the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaged in a close mission partnership with the Reformed Church in Carpath–Ukraine, and relates to other growing Reformed denominations, as well as to the German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of the Ukraine.

The PC(USA) enjoys a special relationship with the Reformed Church of Carpath-Ukraine, a largely ethnic Hungarian community in the Transcarpathian region of western Ukraine. This rebuilding denomination has over 100 congregations in both village and city settings. A primary point of mission connection is outreach to the Roma people to share the Good News and to address the issues of discrimination, poverty, and social separation of the Roma.

The PC(USA) is actively involved in the Ukrainian ministry of Mission in Unity (MIU), a joint project of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the John Knox International Reformation Centre. Multiple Reformed and Presbyterian denominations are re-emerging in Ukraine. The focus of the MIU Project in Ukraine is to encourage cooperation between these denominations and to build healthy connections with church partners abroad.

There are many mission opportunities “to come alongside” our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine as they emerge from almost 75 years of state-sponsored atheism, repression, exile and martyrdom. These mission opportunities include:

  • Support to orphanages
  • New church development
  • Ministry with Roma support for soup kitchens and bakeries
  • Enabling the work of the Mission in Unity Project
  • Specialized medical ministry
  • Training leaders for children’s ministry
  • Support for Ukrainian students in seminary

Nadia Ayoub

Nadia Ayoub

Nadia Ayoub

Born into a Christian family in Egypt, Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1985. “By age 10,” she says, “I was aware of the loving friendship I have with the Lord Jesus Christ and I trust him as my Savior.”

Before she left Egypt, Nadia had earned her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Ain Shams University in Cairo and also her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian theology from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.

Nadia was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament on October 24, 2010. She is a minister member of the Presbytery of Elizabeth. Her home church is Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey. In the Ukraine, Nadia is developing and assisting the Reformed Church in Carpath-Ukraine to implement church-related early childhood education programs for Roma children in marginalized Roma communities. This pre-evangelism outreach will steadily improve the self-esteem and status of Roma children and their parents in the eyes of other Roma and of those in the larger Ukrainian society. In addition, she is working with international and national full-time volunteers to develop a comprehensive early childhood development program that can be used by other communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Read more about her ministry on her profile page, which you can find here.

Partner church

The Reformed Church of the Carpath-Ukraine

Mission co-worker Nadia Ayoub, nadia.ayoub@pcusa.org

Regional liaison Burkhard Paetzold, burkhard.paetzold@pcusa.org