Doctors with the Luke Society clinic in Lugansk, Ukraine, have been forced to take a different path to medical care following a war that has broken out in the country. The ministry has moved from a regular clinical care model to one offering humanitarian aid to those in need.
The partnership with the Luke Society was formed in 2013. About the time the remodeled clinic offices were to open, the region found itself in the middle of a war zone. The exact direction of the ministry’s future is unclear, but physicians working in the ministry want to continue reaching out to the people in Jesus’ name.
Three doctors are working with the ministry in Lugansk. One works with internal medicine, another is a urologist and a third is a pediatric neurologist. They continue to provide consultations and medications, but medical supplies in the region are scarce.
Despite the struggles, the men are providing a service that no one else can provide. They also offer to pray with patients and share the Good News of the Gospel with them.
Dr. Alexander Shevchenko
Like many Luke Society directors, Dr. Alexander Shevchenko is a man of courage. He has no choice but to be courageous while serving the Lord in a war-torn area like Lugansk. He fearlessly brings compassion, healing and humanitarian aid to the area. His ability to connect with local churches and gain support from the area has helped to keep the ministry viable during turbulent times. His hope is rooted in Christ in a time and place where faith is so urgently needed.
Population: 44.4 million
Size: 603,550 sq. km, or slightly smaller than Texas.
Borders: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova to the west; Belarus to the north; Russia to the north and east; Black Sea to the south.
Religious groups: Eastern Orthodox, 65%
Primary language: Ukrainian; Russian.
Literacy (age 15+): 99.8%
Physician density: 3.5 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 24.1%
Life expectancy: 71.6 years
Infant mortality rate: 8.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Metals, fuel, petroleum, chemicals, machinery and transport equipment.
Climate: Temperate continental; cool winters along the Black Sea to cold inland; warm summers in most of the country.
Terrain: Mostly fertile plains and plateaus; Carpathian Mountains in the west.