Evangelist Franklin Graham this week wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asking for a cease-fire from the ongoing war during Holy week.
Holy week is the most sacred week in the liturgical year in Christianity, It’s the week before Easter and starts on Palm Sunday. This year it commences on April 10 through to 16.
Graham said he isn’t confident he will hear back from Putin but believes the attempt is necessary.
In a recent visit to Ukraine Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse said they set up two field hospitals. On is located just outside Lviv in western Ukraine and three medical clinics. They are using a DC-8 cargo plane to resupply its hospitals weekly.
“We’re consuming quite a bit of supplies,” Graham told Moody Radio this week. “… The most important thing we can do is pray. Pray for the churches and pray for the people there and just pray that God would somehow intervene and bring this to an end.”
He said churches in Ukraine have turned into distribution centers where refugees can find food, clothes and blankets.
“That’s what the church should be, and that’s what they’re doing,”
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