youth for christ

Ukraine

About YFC Ukraine

YFC Ukraine staff on top, bottom left to right, John Campbell, Jean Jacque Weiler, and Andriy Kostyshyn

In 1991 when Ukraine got independence, God brought Jean Jacques Weiler, then director of YFC Europe, Bob Tanner (USA), John Campbell (Northern Ireland), and john Duncan (Northern Ireland) to Ukraine. They met Andriy Kostyshyn, who became a long-term National Director of YFC Ukraine. From 1992 till now John Campbell has become a key partner and Board member of YFC Ukraine.

Over the years we had many ministry models: Rock Solid clubs, camps, prayer ministry, social evangelizing of youth and families through Day Centers, sports, drama ministry, Leadership Development (One Million Leaders by John Maxwell), publishing department, resource center, teaching at Christian seminaries, institutes and conferences.

During COVID-19 YFC Ukraine changed focus from mass ministry to more personal and practical work: trainings through zoom, small groups, Art of Connection, Schools of Leadership, coaching, social gospel. We distributed food packages for families, organized day camps for kids at risk, and built relationships with churches. We saw the lockdown as an opportunity. People seek God and need YFC.

Over 20 years Youth for Christ in Ukraine is helping churches to reach young people through different programs and activities:

  • Day Centers for children at risk. Children from single-parent, poor and alco-/drug- abused families come to Day Center where they can get help and love. Volunteers care about them, helping with school homework, feed them and teach Bible. Also YFC volunteers continue this ministry with parents to bring Jesus in families. This is one of the important social ministry and YFC helps churches to do over 90 Day Centers.
  • Rock Solid clubs for teenagers. The most popular and effective way to share Gospel among teenagers. Youth clubs is the first model of ministry in Ukraine and over 5000 teenagers every week visit up to 200 clubs.
  • School of Leadership trainings. Today as never before there is a great need in strong Christian leaders so YFC regularly teaches youth leaders how to lead young people, how to work in team and how to grow in faith. YFC Ukraine makes such Schools in different 7 cities and each year about 500 ministers get leadership skills.

Also YFC Ukraine makes a lot of camps for young people, creates resources and organizes many trainings and conferences.

Prayer Needs
  • For peace in Ukraine. For safety of our volunteers who serve in warzone.
  • For raising new leaders who dedicate themselves to serve youth
  • For support of YFC Ukraine small team that does huge ministry