Because this is the first major event in a while here in Kyiv, we thought we would send out a quick email. Everything here in the mission is fine. Yesterday, there was a group of radical Ukrainians who threw grenades at police after a decision to give more autonomy to the break off regions of Ukraine. It has been condemned by everyone with any sense and will probably help the stability. We will see. All of the missionaries are safe and continuing the Lords work. We are so lucky to be serving in a place and time where the comfort of the gospel is so desperately needed. It is amazing to see the direction and hope the gospel brings under trying circumstances.
Here is a copy of the text we sent to missionaries yesterday.
"You may be hearing about an incident today in Kiev. Here is what we know. In Kyiv there were deadly clashes between protesters and police after a vote by parliament to give more autonomy to the regions under control of the DNR. The protesters were unhappy with the results. A grenade was thrown by one of the protesters who has been arrested. The situation seems to be calming down but let's use caution. Please stay away from the Kyiv city center. Let's also use this opportunity to review safety protocols. You should always have with you your documents. Make sure you have your emergency cash. Keep your phone charged and answer all calls from your leaders. Avoid large crowds. You will find protection from both physically and spiritual danger following with exactness the commandments and mission rules. There is nothing to fear. D&C 84:88 "...for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."
We have missionaries serving here in Kyiv that are from the disputed regions where fighting continues. They worry about the safety of their families. And when they don’t receive emails from them they can become very concerned. We have learned that you can come to know how they are doing through email, a phone call, or through prayer. Sometimes prayer is the only communication line open. You can do the same with your missionaries here. If you have worries or doubts, The Lord can let you know.
We love your children. We are grateful for your prayers.
Ukraine Kyiv Mission