In the midst of the unrest in Ukraine, we remember how important trained Christian leaders are

Please share a prayer of encouragement for our friends in Ukraine in the Comments section below. They would sincerely appreciate your support. Thank you!

Meet one of those leaders, Constantine Prokhorov.

I was raised in a non-Christian home in Kazakhstan. While studying history in college, I came to Christ and felt called to pursue theology.

Constantine Prokhorov (OTS)
Constantine Prokhorov, Bachelor of Theology graduate from Odessa Theological Seminary

I trained at Odessa Theological Seminary (OTS) in Ukraine. Growing up under Communism gives you a genuine appreciation for the freedom to study theology. I remember how diligently my classmates and I studied those four years. I credit my alma mater and its professors for my success in ministry and teaching. Since graduating with my Bachelor of Theology degree in 1997, God led me and my family on an incredible journey back to Kazakhstan. There theological professors are in great demand. I taught at five different seminaries and earned my PhD.

Today I live in Russia with my wife and three children where I dedicate most of my time to teaching, preaching and writing. I have authored several books and articles and was awarded second prize for the “Golden Pen of Russia,” a Russian national literature award, in 2008. Through my ministry, the Kingdom is being multiplied. I give all the glory and praise to God for this talent He has given me. I am filled with deep appreciation and thankfulness for the staff, faculty and sponsors of OTS who have helped shape me into the minister and teacher I am today. Thank you and God bless!


We are checking in with our partner schools in Ukraine and getting updates from them regularly. Please join us in unceasing prayer for these schools and the Church. We also pray for our brother Taras Dyatlik, Overseas Council’s Regional Director for Euro-Asia, and his family. We pray they sense the Lord’s presence, and may He continue using them mightily to reach out to people during this difficult and complicated time in their region.

Your prayers are needed. Please leave a prayer for our friends in Ukraine in the Comments section below. Our partner schools will greatly appreciate the encouragement and prayers from around the world!


“…in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

                                – Philippians 4:6-7




  • kmm1818

    Despite the trials in life, remember that God is in control. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. Lifting up our friends in Ukraine and praying that they feel the Lord’s presence strongly in their midst.

  • Jessica

    Dear God,

    While we don’t always understand why things happen the way they do, we are reassured by your Word that You will never leave us nor forsake us. I ask Lord that you wrap your loving arms around Ukraine. That you draw near to each of your children there ~ blessing them with the comfort, strength, faith, love, peace and protection that each one needs right now.

    Thank you Jesus for hearing and answering this prayer.

    In Your precious and holy name,


  • Julianne Butler

    Heavenly Father, we lift up our brothers and sisters in Ukraine to you. We pray for their weary spirits and ask that You give them endurance and strength during this time of great uncertainty. We pray that at some point every day, they feel encouraged by Your presence in their lives.

    In Jesus’ name,

  • tripsonair

    Father God,
    Please give comfort to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, and may the hope that comes only from a relationship with you shine throughout the land. We ask your protective hand over those whom you have emboldened to speak your truth.

    We pray in Jesus’ name,

  • C Paul

    Father, I pray for Tammy Swailes and others who are serving you faithfully in Ukraine. Give them strength in the midst of the violence and the shaking. I pray that peace may come to Ukraine and that the light of the Gospel will spread more and more throughout the nation. Keep the the people of God safe and strengthen them through your Holy Spirit.