By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
EASTERN UKRAINE (ANS) -- Four young FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company) volunteers who were recently captured by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine were brutally beaten to death simply for being Christians, according to a report from the organization last week.
"These men volunteered for FEBC with zeal, passionately helping to spread the Gospel throughout Ukraine," the organization reported. We are deeply saddened and shocked."
According to a report from National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), just weeks prior to this horrific tragedy, FEBC's Eastern Ukrainian broadcast tower in Slavyansk - that for months has been in the middle of the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian central government - was shot down and completely destroyed.
While FEBC is still broadcasting in Western Ukraine and reaching millions there, they are now looking for a new location to resume broadcasting to Eastern Ukraine.
"We are doing everything we can to give hope to people in a seemingly hopeless situation, but more than ever, we are desperate for your prayers and for God to move in the lives of the people of Ukraine," the ministry shared last week.
"Please pray for those who continue to serve and risk their lives every day to see the Gospel go forth. Pray for peace in Russia and Ukraine."
FEBC has been actively broadcasting in Ukraine for the past two decades through local stations. In 2012, their first FM station was opened in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, drawing many to the Lord. According to FEBC, Ukraine is at a critical crossroad: politically, economically, and spiritually.