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Tom Long

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In Ukraine: He lifts church’s resolve to stay open

UKRAINE (BP) -- Life along the road to the war front seemed normal -- gardens surrounding every home, villagers taking their cows out to pasture, huge sunflower fields dotting the landscape nearby. It didn't look like we were less than 13 miles from a war zone. I met Victor* last summer. At that time, the 30-something believer was helping evacuate people from Ukrainian towns and villages ...


Church planter Tom Long describes his struggle to love those who cause conflict and disorder in the country he loves. In those early years, I saw lots of growth numerically in believers and church starts. Sure there were difficulties that included long lines to simply purchase bread. However, seeing people who lived under communism for 70 years stepping forward to live in Christ was worth every challenge encountered.