Franklin Graham on Ukraine Unrest: ‘Pray for Peace’

By   •   February 24, 2014


The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a long history in Ukraine. In 1988, Billy Graham preached in its capital, Kiev, three years before the end of Soviet rule.

In 2007, Franklin Graham held a three-day evangelistic Festival at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where more than 124,000 heard the Gospel message live and over 100,000 more heard it throughout Ukraine via satellite broadcast.

So it was no surprise that Franklin Graham took to social media late last week to ask for prayer for Ukraine, dealing with months of political unrest, which has recently escalated.

“I am saddened to see the violence escalate in the Ukraine,” Franklin Graham posted on Facebook. “This part of the world has a very special place in my heart—My father and I have both preached in Kiev.

“I spoke there in 2007 and Samaritan’s Purse has distributed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to millions of children there. Pray for peace for this troubled region and for the innocent civilians caught in the turmoil. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).”

Franklin Graham took to Facebook again on Feb. 27 to continue to ask for prayer and applaud Ukraine’s recent decision:

“I am encouraged to see that Baptist preacher Oleksandr Turchynov has been named as Ukraine’s acting president. The country is at a crossroads with the East pulling one direction and the West pulling another. Pray that God will give them wisdom and that there will be no more bloodshed.”

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  1. Susie Wood says:

    I am praying that God will orchestra this situation so that HE alone can be glorified for keeping innocent peace loving people safe.

  2. Dina Atieno Oyoyo says:

    God is the same yesturday and today and forever more

  3. Sol says:

    Let’s not forget about the innocent children!

  4. BC Guilbeau says:

    May freedom prevail…

  5. Carol Taylor says:

    Praise God for Billy Graham ministry. His faithful family are always in my prayers. The people of Ukraine are my Christian friends. We are praying daily. Thank you for the seeds of Christianity that have been planted through the decades.

  6. Joy says:

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.” “The Way of the Cross Leads Home. Amen” “May God Bless us everyone Amen.”

  7. Michelle Christopher says:

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Prayer works!

  8. Tammy Rolleri says:

    My 18 Year old son was there in December. Scary and sad to see their crisis:(
    Our heart gies out to Ukraine and her people.