027: Ordinary People Extraordinary Faith Interview with Dema Grischuk, Ukraine Preacher


Ukraine-Map_(Renovated)Tensions remain high in eastern Ukraine.  In certain areas, like the Dontesk/Donbass region and the city of Donetsk itself, it’s particularly tense.  The new Ukrainian president has initiated an “anti-terrorist” military campaign intended to oust the pro-Russian insurgents in various locations.  The result has been much fighting and the disruption of daily life.  The city of Donetsk waits for these efforts to be brought there.

Dema Grischuk is a preacher, teacher, and ministry director who has taken a leading role in trying to minister to the suffering and hurting citizens of Ukraine.  His efforts extend beyond the local congregation. The Let’s Love ministry which he directs has long been reaching out to orphans, children at risk, and the poor and needy throughout the Donetsk region.  With many of their efforts suspended due to the unrest, much attention has now been directed to refugees; those leaving eastern Ukraine to escape the violence and danger.

In this “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interview, Dema shares his thoughts and experiences of trying to share the peace and comfort of God with his countrymen in a nation torn by aggression, violence, and turmoil.  Not only is Dema involved in addressing physical needs, but also the often-overlooked spiritual dimension of these troubled times through an active, public prayer grouped that has assembled every day since the first difficulties arose, over 100 days ago.



Dema's family

Dema’s family


Dema leading Donetsk prayer group













Prayer group meeting daily for prayer in Donetsk for over 100 days.

Prayer group meeting daily for prayer in Donetsk for over 100 days.

Former prisoner of insurgents being given aid

Former prisoner of insurgents being given aid










Burned out public transportation, Kramatorsk

Work with refugee children

Work with refugee children












Bible Passages:

These are the Scriptures that Dema shared that he has found most helpful, not only for himself but those to whom he ministers, all coming from Isaiah.

  • Isaiah 40
  • Isaiah 41:14
  • Isaiah 43:1-7
  • Isaiah 54:15-17

Prayer requests:

• For peace in Ukraine
• For the Vacation Bible School program to be conduced for refugees’ children (end of June)
• For the week of Bible camp for refugees’ children (end of July)

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ETL 006: The Real Message of David and Goliath; Two Bible Questions Answered; Bible Word—“God”


Basketball on the HardwoodIn this episode we’ll be talking about:

Chapter 1: The Real Message of David and Goliath

NCAA tournament time is designed for David vs. Goliath match ups.  But have we missed the primary message and David and Goliath?  We use the analogy constantly of big guy vs. little guy scenarios; the little, unheralded, and disadvantaged facing off against the powerful, experienced, heavily favored opponent.  But is there more to it than that?

    Scripture references:

  • 1 Samuel 17
  • 1 John 3:20-21
  • Deuteronomy 6:12; 7:18; 8:2, 18; 15:15; 16:12; 24:18, 22


Chapter 2: Bible Q & A

We’ll look at 2 Bible questions today:

1. “What does it mean to ‘walk with God’?  Is it physical, spiritual, and what are some examples?  Can we walk with God now?”

Scripture references:

  • Genesis 5:22, 24; 6:5, 8-9
  • James 2:23
  • Exodus 33:11
  • Acts 13:22
  • Colossians 2:6
  • Romans 8:4
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Galatians 5:6, 25

2. “Does God answer prayer today?”
This question was asked by a Bible class teacher here where I preach.  One person answered “No”.  The reason being that a loved one had been very sick and prayed for by many people, yet the person died anyway.  Therefore, God must not answer prayer today.  Is that a valid conclusion?

Scriptures references:

  • Matthew 7:7; 21:22
  • Acts 12


Chapter 3: Bible Word


It is ludicrous to think about discussing God in such a limited time and space as this portion of this podcast.  Nevertheless, here’s some things the Bible tells us about God:
1. He is

  • Hebrews 11:6
  • Genesis 1:1

2. He is self-existent

  • John 5:26

3. He is eternal

  • Psalm 90:2

4. He is infinite

  • Psalm 139:1-2, 7-10

5. He is immutable (unchanging)

  • Malachi 3:6


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Why Should I Pray?

We immediately recognize prayer as an act of religious devotion.  Many people do pray.  People want to pray.  But often, people don’t pray.   They don’t see the good or value in it.

So, why should I pray?  There are several reasons.

God’ Wants Us to Pray

Prayer is not something man has developed and designed. It’s not just a religious ritual that’s been around a long time and we assume that it works.  Prayer is God’s idea and He’s very interested in our participation in it as a means of developing and maintaining a relationship with Him.  Yes, there’s more to that relationship than just prayer, but it’s an important part of it.

God Hears Our Prayers

Prayer is not a meaningless, powerless exercise.  We know that because God does hear our prayers.  The only time God is not hearing our prayers is when we’re not listening to Him (Proverbs 28:9; Zechariah 7:13).

Jesus Prayed

Jesus prayed often (Mark 1:35).  He obviously saw the great importance and benefit of engaging in prayer, even though He was God’s own Son.  If Jesus needed to pray, we need it even more.

Jesus Taught Us to Pray

After observing Him in prayer, Jesus own disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.  That’s exactly what He did (Luke 11:1).  One of His parables was given “to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).   Following the teaching and example of Jesus means a person will pray.

Prayer is Effective

I know that not because everything I pray for happens just the way I pray it.  Instead, I know it because that is the Bible’s assurance (James 5:16).  Prayer is an act of fact of faith and faith pertains to things “hoped for” and “not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  I won’t always see the impact of my prayers, but visible validation is not necessary to know that prayer is effective.

Prayer is My Pipeline to God

Remember, God is God and I am His creation (Psalm 100:3).  He is the potter and I am the clay (Isaiah 45:9).  He’s provided this marvelous privilege of coming to Him.  It is an amazing blessing to freely and frequently approach God in prayer.  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

I should pray because I can…and because I need to…and because God wants me to.

God bless,




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