FORSYTH COUNTY, Georgia — Many churches in the Atlanta metro area have strong ties to Christians in Ukraine, and a Forsyth County congregation has even built three churches there.
Berndt Petersen of Channel 2 spoke to church members who say they haven’t heard from their friends in Ukraine since the day the Russians invaded.
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They say it’s probably because the three First Redeemer Churches in Ukraine are less than 80 km from the Russian border, and the Russian army has taken all that territory.
Pastor Jeff Jackson said the church family is not limited to those who attend on Sundays.
“Our thoughts are with them. Our prayers are with them. It’s very personal to us,” Jackson said.
First Redeemer has built 45 other churches around the world, including three in Ukraine.
“As soon as the invasion took place, we haven’t heard from the churches since that time,” he said.
Dr. Larry Aultman leads the First Redeemer mission team and has been to Ukraine four times. Last year, one of the local pastors showed him around the neighborhood.
“He took me to the war zone. Most people know that the war has been going on for eight or ten years there,” he said.
Aultman saw buildings and homes that had been blown to bits, and that was long before Russian troops crossed the border. Aultman said 80 to 90 people attend each of the Churches of the Redeemer in Ukraine.
“You get past the politics – which is a reality that I understand – but you get past the politics and you find out it’s just people,” he said.
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Pastor Jackson hopes that none of the news from the Churches of the Redeemer in Ukraine is good news. They pray.
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