The full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine corrected the activities of the international mission “Christ is the answer” (CITA), but the priority remained the same – preaching the Gospel through the use of various tools to help people. The mission summed up the work for 2022.
The focus of CITA missionaries is people in need, especially in remote areas of the regions – the poor, widows, orphans, the elderly and people with disabilities, who became even more in need as a result of the war. IDPs have been added to the categories of people constantly served by missionaries.
“Last year for the Mission, as for many in Ukraine, was not easy because of the war. But on the other hand, we have seen many blessings. In particular, new opportunities have opened up to help Ukrainians: serving IDPs, evacuating, distributing food packages in war zones. Because of the war, I ended up in Poland, where I met ministers who helped me to travel to other countries, which expanded the activities of CITA. For us, 2022 has become a year of open doors — we entered the countries of Asia and Latin America with charitable and spiritual projects,” said Mission Director Taras Sen.
In Ukraine, the missionaries held more than 10,000 meetings, clubs, personal talks and more than 1,100 evangelizations, including street evangelism and opened eye clinics, distributed almost 900,000 evangelistic newspapers and about 140,000 Christian calendars. Conducted almost 40 trips to the war zones and evacuated about 500 people.
On March 1 last year, the War Relief Fund was launched to support victims of the war in Ukraine.
In Rivne, on the basis of the church “Christ is the answer”, a food warehouse for humanitarian aid has been operating since spring, from where food packages are sent to war zones and displaced people.
In the first months of the war, missionaries from the western region of Ukraine (Rivne, Ternopil) and the Kharkiv region received hundreds of migrants and helped them find long-term accommodation or with subsequent travel abroad.
During the year, the Mission lost two of its own Houses of Prayer in the Luhansk region: in Rubizhne, a bombed prayer house and the planned missionary center “City of Praise”, as well as in the temporarily occupied Svatovo, the fate of the house of prayer, acquired in February 2022, remains unknown.
For the victims of the war, CITA held a Food & Hope campaign to raise funds for food packages.
In support of the Ukrainian people, the missionary, Christian author and performer Andriy Vasenda released his second album “We Must Fight”.
Two large-scale evangelistic crusades were held in the cities of Hassana (March) and Dilla (December). Each of them brought together 100,000 participants. During the spring event, the mission team opened the Christ Is the Answer church and mission center in Addis Ababa. Already in December, the first water baptism took place and the first missionary school was held in the winter.
For the first time, an evangelistic newspaper in the Oromo language (the second most distributed in the country) was published.
The mission team traveled to India to support local missionaries who opened a mission school in September. In December, the release took place and the media department was opened, 10 thousand calendars were printed in English and Hindi.
The Mission continues to support the orphanage.
Evangelistic programs “Christ is the answer” were broadcast on national television of the country (hosted by CITA director Taras Sen).
For the first time, a CITA missionary team from Ukraine visited Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras – they established contacts with local ministers and churches, held training seminars to increase the effectiveness of evangelism.
In this country, CITA continues to support Zamu’s “Happy&Holy” mission with children and youth.
Food packages were received by poor people in Ethiopia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Bangladesh and India.
Charitable eye clinics for the first time with the support of the Mission were held in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
According to Taras Sen, this year the CITA Mission plans to strengthen existing ministries in different countries of the world – Africa, ten Asian and three Latin American countries. Negotiations are underway with other countries where the Mission has not yet worked.
If the war ends this year, the missionaries of “Christ is the answer” are going to pay special attention to helping people in the de-occupied Donbass.
The mission “Christ is the answer” develops ministry in 12 regions of Ukraine and more than 15 countries of the world.
Press center of the mission “Christ is the answer”.
Source: Год войны: итоги работы международной миссии «Христос есть ответ» (обзор СМИ) | Новости inVictory