Group Sending Bibles to Ukraine Says Conflict Is a ‘Spiritual War’

Dirk Smith from Eastern European Mission (EEM) said the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a “spiritual war,” noting that the Bible is bringing people from all backgrounds together.

Smith told The Daily Signal at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention that about ten years ago, Ukrainians came to EEM and requested Bibles be placed in the country’s public schools.

“And they said, ‘We’ve decided that if we’re going to get our nation back to a biblical and Christian worldview, we’ve got to start with our kids and we’ve got to go back to the basics and just teach the Bible. So we’re going to set aside all of our different traditions, put aside our icons, everything else, and we’re just going to teach the Bible,'” Smith explained, adding that the class is an elective called Christian Ethics.

Prior to the war between Russia and Ukraine, EEM placed Bibles in about 75% of Ukraine’s public schools.

“So when people talk about this war, they need to understand this is very much a spiritual war. This is a spiritual war,” Smith added.

“Ukraine is now—they don’t understand this terminology, but we do. They’re really the buckle of the Bible Belt of Europe. I mean, they are it. They are promoting it and it’s spreading.”

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“So, as a result of what they’re doing in their public schools, we’re now putting Bibles in the public schools in Croatia, in Romania, in Bulgaria, in North Macedonia,” Smith added. “It is growing and it is spreading. God is using them and their faithfulness because as this horrific war takes place, they’re fleeing and they’re moving, but they’re sharing the Gospel, not only with their mouths, but really with their hearts and their attitudes.”


“I’ve sat around a table with Orthodox priests, Catholic priests, evangelical, Protestant, Pentecostal, all locking arms and all saying, ‘Let’s work together. We’ve got to do this. We’ve got to get Jesus out there,’” he recalled. “It’s happening in Ukraine. It’s happening in Croatia. I mean, literally, every nation I go to, we have meetings just like that.”