PRN and Bearers of Peace are holding a conference as a joint initiative near the border to the occupied territories in February 2018.
In the next months we are raising support
After a year of intensive planning, we have received confirmation from both parties involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict that they have agreed to allow a peace conference in the combat zone. We are now taking concrete steps to begin planning for this conference in 2018. Some background information on previous activities:
The Ukrainian-founded Network for Peace and Reconciliation took responsibility for the logistics of this project at the beginning of 2017. Dr. Oksana Gritzuita is leading the process and is very optimistic that we will be able to gather 500 participants from Church and civil society from both sides to the conference. We will be concentrating on questions of reconciliation and trauma therapy. Many skilled professionals from the Ukraine and abroad have already confirmed their attendance. An Evangelical publisher in western Ukraine has produced learning material in Ukrainian and Russian. Churches all over the Ukraine are praying for success, and even in Russia the majority of Christian congregations are supporting this conference. This conference is the next important milestone towards reconciliation for the people in East Ukraine and continues the work accomplished at the conference in Kiev this past April, 2017.
As a worldwide network for Peace and Reconciliation, we now turn to ask for your support:
„We took part in the training seminar "The carriers of peace" that was held in Donetsk region on July 12-14. The purpose of the training was to discuss practical issues of the peacemaking project that provides psychological assistance to people who suffered from the military activities and to those who faced difficult situations in life. At the seminar were reviewed different strategies that are applied in situations of psychological threat.
We discussed some ways of solving difficult life situations. We received new knowledge and methods. We learnt to discover our inner potential and cope with our emotions which will help us in our work and in helping others. We also received new knowledge of the Bible that will help us in the most difficult situations not to be destroyed but to become spiritually stronger. It was a new way of looking at the events that happen to us. Now we are going to apply this knowledge in our daily life."
Margarita, participant of the seminar, on behalf of the whole group.