First Sabbath Offering for a Health Center in Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of 42.5 million. The dominant religions are Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism. Its capital and largest city is Kiev.
The message of Reformation began here in the 1940s. In different places of this region, Seventh Day Adventist Reformers by their words and their life testified of the light of the third angel’s message. Such was the work during the communist regime. In 1990, during the dissolution of the USSR, Ukraine received freedom. We built churches and opened the work in new places.
Today, however, people have become careless to religious things. The truth is not as popular as it once was and the previous methods of presenting it are now not as effective. But there is one way that will always find an opening—the medical missionary work. The Pen of Inspiration writes: “[God] designs that the medical missionary work shall prepare the way for the presentation of the saving truth for this time, the proclamation of the third angel’s message.” “Our sanitariums are to be an instrumentality for reaching the people” (Testimonies, vol. 6, pp. 293, 225).
With disease and suffering multiplying in the world, the need for medical missionary work is greater than ever. To meet this need, we took steps in 2014 to establish a health treatment center. With the help of God, we bought a piece of land in the Transcarpathian Region. The property is situated near the town of Khust in a very beautiful, picturesque place, with thermal springs very close by. There is also an unfinished building on the property. However, to complete the project, we need more funds. The financial situation in our country is difficult. Many of our brethren must travel to other countries to earn a living. For this reason, we are appealing to all our brothers and sisters around the world to help us with finances to complete this project. In this way souls in need of treatment may be helped and the way prepared for the sharing of the gospel message. May God bless every giver.
Your brethren and sisters in Christ from Ukraine