Profile: Lugansk, Ukraine
December 29, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Dr. Alexander Shevchenko checks the blood pressure and vital signs of a patient during a mobile clinic last year. (File photo).
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Profile: Lugansk, Ukraine
Ministry: Lugansk Charity Clinic of Luke Society
Location: Lugansk, Ukraine
Director: Dr. Alexander Shevchenko
Employees: Five physicians and five volunteers
Q&A with the director
Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: Medical and preventive care; helping in deciding psychological and spiritual problems; sharing the Gospel.
Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: A few years ago, I and two other of my colleagues, believer brothers, heard the call from God to carry out medical ministry in Lugansk. We prayed together, thought and one day met people from the Luke Society organization which confessed our principles.
Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: Geographically, Ukraine is located in the center of Europe. Politically, it is east of Europe. Economically, Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe, especially now during civil conflict.
Most of the population consider themselves as Orthodox Christians. There are many different Protestant Churches and not many Catholics in Ukraine. Also we have Muslims, Judaism and other religious groups. The population in Ukraine is mainly Russian-speaking (65%).
Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: During medical charity actions, we pray with each of our patients if they don't object. These prayers take place for healing and for salvation of the patients (if they are unbelievers, of course). In this moment of ministry we share the Good News with them. The conscientious performance of our duties as physicians is very important and can be best testimony of God's love.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: I enjoy when I have possibility to help people in needs with God's help and His guidance. Also, we rejoice as kids when people bring Jesus Christ in their lives.
Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: We pray for the development of the ministry and growth in new members and volunteers. Also, we think about expansion of ministry geographically and about some equipment. We plan to see more attention to stationary medical care and to Gospel.