July 5, 2021
COVID continues with its devastating effects but, in spite of it, God is working. In the midst of all this hopelessness, there is hope and God is the source and center of that hope.
It is now the seventh year that Ukraine bears the brunt of hostilities in the east. In this war, over 14,000 have been killed, 1.4 million became internal refugees and the number of those affected stands at 5.2 million. Populations living near the front-line daily face conflict-related hazards such as shelling and mine contamination. Stories come across our desk written by the people that we support, people who visit the needy and the broken. Many of them are heart breaking.
June 2, 2021
Due to inflation and other additional expenses an additional amount of $25,000 is needed to complete the finishing touches. State regulations have enforced laws to remove the current heating system housed within the church and relocate to the outside of the church. This includes the reworking of all the electrical, the boiler, heating elements and plumbing as well as the erection of housing for it.
March 29, 2021
An opinion poll released earlier this month by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found 60% of the country’s people don’t want to get vaccinated, up from 40% a month earlier.
March 1, 2021
As we soon transition from Winter to Spring, Ukraine has not escaped the effects of COVID -19. With shortages of medical supplies, the ongoing war, the worsening economy – all this has given rise to many soup kitchens and food stations. In the cold winter weather, people line up for a bowl of soup and a loaf of bread. While in the comfort of our homes, it’s difficult for us to comprehend this, but it is a reality.
February 24, 2021
As we were preparing our latest newsletter, I received some shocking and devastating news concerning one of our partners. Pastor Ivan Pryadka of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine (ARK Church) passed away suddenly. As you know, Masters was committed to helping him complete the construction of the church, as it served the community from the very onset of the war in Eastern Ukraine. He was a pillar in the community, known to all. From the first day I met Pastor Ivan, our hearts were knit together. He was a man after God’s heart, a man of humility, compassion, integrity, a true servant of our Lord.
Masters is still committed to Ark Church. We covet your prayers for the family especially at this time- and for the continued ministry (supplying bread, pasta, food packages) to the needy in the town and the surrounding villages.
Stan Watrich and the Master’s Team.
February 8, 2021
In February of 2020 Master’s launched a YouTube program with Pastor Fedir Lebediuk of Lutsk, Ukraine called “Good Morning Ukraine.
The success has been overwhelming! During 2020 approximately 200,000 viewed this program. One week had over 40,000 hits. 26.3 % of the viewers were in the 18-24 age bracket, 29.7 % in the 45-54 age bracket. 63.7% viewers were from Ukraine with 14.8% from Russia and others from Kazakstan and Germany. We covet your prayers and support for Pastor Fedir in this venture.