Daily Bread and Bombs in Ukraine

A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our June issue).
Daily Bread and Bombs in Ukraine
Image: Brendan Hoffman / The New York Times / Redux

UKRAINE: Two years after Crimea’s leadership changed hands, fighting persists between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine. One local pastor, Sergey Kosyak, was arrested and tortured for leading prayer rallies for peace in Donetsk, the largest city occupied by separatists. But he went on to open Bread of Life in neighboring Maryinka with the help of Mission Eurasia. Amid near-daily bombings, the bakery (which recently drew the attention of The New York Times) gives away one-fourth of its 2,000 loaves of daily bread, alongside Bibles. Kosyak is one of 75 Russian-speaking missionaries on the 300-mile frontline trying to turn a political war into a spiritual one.

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