Dnipropetrovsk is a bustling city of around 1,000,000. It was founded in 1776 but began to experience significant growth in the early 19th century. In the 21st century Dnipropetrovsk and Ukraine as a whole experienced the iron rule of Soviet authorities. Interestingly, during the reign of the Soviet Union, Dnipr or Dnipro, as it is known by locals, was a closed city. Much of the Soviet Union’s aerospace engineering influence and leadership came from the city, nearly 300 miles southeast of Kiev. It is said, that many of city’s inhabitants were not even aware of the production of military rocket engines and missiles within the city.
After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Ukraine, like other former Soviet satellite states, began a new period in era in their history. Though given the opportunity to reimage and redefine itself, Dnipropetrovsk was not unlike other urban areas in the country where corruption and greed continued to flourish. Understandably, the people of the city were more concerned with survival than advancement at the time of the USSR’s collapse. This resulted in a continuation of Soviet methodology without the infrastructure to support the greed of local authority and establishments.
Over the past 15 years Dnipropetrovsk, along with other major cities such as Donetsk, Kharkov, Odessa, Lviv, and of course of Kiev, have received both the benefits and challenges that are associated with urbanization in the 21st century. Ukraine as whole has experienced multiple episodes of political turmoil highlighted by the current crisis being experienced in the country’s southern and eastern most regions. Dnipropetrovsk has been a refuge for many refugees fleeing the nauseating result of war in their villages and towns.
Evangelical churches in the city feel blessed to be located in such a pivotal area during the most critical period of the young country’s history. Join us in praying for the faithfulness of individuals, families, and churches as they minister to the displaced and the firmly entrenched, alike, as they live without hope in an Orthodox-Atheistic context.