As a result of the COVID-19 and quarantine measures instituted by the government of Ukraine, UBTS moved all of its classes and mentoring programs to an online format for Spring 2020. In this video, two students share how they have adapted to this new learning platform and the blessings they have found within the new format.

Khrystyna Moskalyk is a student in the Women’s Ministry Program at UBTS. She leads teaching and fellowship meetings for girls and women in her church and offers personal counseling.

Taras Stolarchiuk is a student in the UBTS Church Planting program. He leads a church home group and leads a ministry to men with alcohol and drug addictions. His goal is to open a rehab center for the men he serves.

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The UBTS Choir – including current students, graduates, and teachers – collaborated to create an inspiring performance that celebrates the joy of Easter in the midst of a global pandemic. The goal of the project was to share best wishes for a Happy Easter, unite different generations of students, and encourage participants and viewers to worship.

The original song was written by Victor Dubovenko, head of the UBTS International Mission Program, and arranged by Volodymyr Khlysta, head of the UBTS Music Ministry. Participants recorded their musical contributions independently, which were then edited into a final performance by Yuri Kovalisko.

Enjoy and be blessed!

church planting

Imagine living in a War Zone where open hostility to the Christian faith is expressed through violence against people and property. Where the “new normal” is an atmosphere of fear, deprivation, and mistrust. Where it seems the rest of the world – and maybe even God – has forgotten about you and moved on to other, more pressing issues.

That’s the reality for thousands of Ukrainians who live in the Eastern Ukraine War Zone. A year after the hostilities began, half a million people from the area were homeless; today Christian persecution in the War Zone is widespread. Many have fled, becoming refugees in their own homeland.

Thankfully, there are Ukrainian Christians from the Zone who imagine a better way – a way of hope, reconciliation, and peace. Some have undertaken an arduous journey to attend UBTS, located in Western Ukraine, in preparation for the time they can return home to minister to their broken communities.

Strengthened by the Gospel message, all UBTS-trained students and graduates are equipped to encourage and disciple family members, friends, and other refugees.  They model leadership, integrity, and accountability in the midst of confusion and corruption. They share Christ’s love with people hungry for acceptance and stability.

There is great risk in this commitment – as well as an even greater reward. The following video demonstrates the powerful impact of a church planted in Lviv, by UBTS faculty and students from the War Zone. It shows them ministering to refugees from the War Zone and, in the process, changing the life of a young man who is now attending UBTS. It is a vivid affirmation of Joseph’s bold declaration to his brothers in Genesis 50:20: “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” The “Evil” that separatists meant against churches throughout the War Zone has transformed to “GOOD” for countless more people within and beyond the War Zone for generations to come.

Ukraine Partnership Foundation Overcome

UBTS utilizes a Cohort System of instruction for students pursuing the four-year Bachelor’s degree and Diploma programs. These students leave families and jobs, travel to Lviv for one week of on-campus study, then return home for five weeks, then return to UBTS.

Currently, this process is repeated six times a year, or three times in each semester. As noted above, students come to UBTS from throughout Ukraine, including the Eastern War Zone. Train travel from Eastern Ukraine can exceed 24 hours one-way and out-of-pocket expenses are substantial.

Watch UBTS Students Describe Their Travel

ukraine women

The women of Ukraine are daughters, wives, mothers, and friends – much like other women all around the world. They share the same desires – to be safe, loved and appreciated; raise healthy children; and find meaningful ways to contribute to other people’s lives that will, in turn, bring joy and purpose to their own lives. Adding to their day-to-day financial and emotional strain is a hovering sense of uncertainty from the ever-present shadows of an uncertain economy, disintegrating families, and war in the East. These women need encouragement and fellowship with other women who understand. The Women’s Ministry Program at UBTS is designed to meet this growing need.

The women who attend UBTS have traveled many different paths to faith. A few were raised in evangelical Christian homes, but most found faith in a non-Christian environment at a desperate time in their lives. Some are partners with their husbands in service to their churches and communities. Most have spouses who are either indifferent or hostile toward Christians. All have open hearts and are dedicated to serving women and children through a wide variety of ministries.

And these students and graduates from the UBTS Women’s Ministry Program are having an impact! They bring hope, friendship, and salvation to women of all ages as they learn about and experience God’s love. Young women, in particular, are eager to learn about God’s purpose for their lives and his design for marriage and family life.

Sasha Furmanchuk is a UBTS student and mentor in the Women’s Ministry Program. She has a compelling vision for how churches can help care for Ukraine’s 71,000 orphans; help them experience God’s love; and grow into healthy, independent adults. You can meet Sasha and learn more about her ministry in the following video.

UPF Thanksgiving

UBTS President Slavik Pyzh expresses his thoughts and thanks to UPF donors.

strategic imperatives

UBTS’ steady growth brings with it equally daunting challenges. To be sure, none are too hard for God! But UBTS leaders must be diligent in discovering God’s way of meeting those challenges. As a result, Dr. Pyzh and his staff hold annual prayer and planning retreats for that purpose. The four strategic imperatives that emerged from the October 2019 retreat are described in the video below.

This is UBTS

Watch recent graduates talk about their education and experiences at UBTS, and the impact it has on their lives and ministries.