Taking the gospel to every community, meeting their material needs and equipping Ukrainians for a brighter future.

About us

Established in 1993, Ukraine Christian Ministries works closely with churches in central Ukraine to share the good news of Jesus Christ and see His kingdom grow. Everything that we do is through relationship with our partners in Ukraine. We support churches who minister to their communities, running camps for children and young people, and meeting the material needs of many who find themselves trapped in poverty. We also partner with youth ministries in the area who are seeking to equip the next generation of Ukrainians. We believe that every person needs to know their Saviour Jesus and we are privileged to work with like-minded partners, who are certain that as more people come to trust God in Ukraine, a brighter future is possible.

Misha Vakhtomin, Managing Director and Pastor at Camp Maximum, holds a degree in theology with youth specialization from Kiev Theological Seminary, and for several years led youth groups and taught others how to do youth ministry. Then he returned to his hometown of Uman in central Ukraine with plans to plant a church, but through unfolding global events, God unexpectedly led him in a very different direction.

“When I moved back to Uman, we had a team with the vision to build a new church and we began the process. But then there was Covid, which was quite destructive to our work, and then there was the invasion, which stopped everything completely.

The day the war started, there was a direct missile hit to the military base in Uman, which caused a fire. The missiles stored there were exploding and flying everywhere, so we were woken up at 5 a.m. hearing the explosions.

From church planting to
children’s camps: Misha’s story

God's Perfect Timing

Sergiy and Vika Kravets, members of the church at Denghi, felt challenged to pursue new areas of service and so in 2022 they began making a weekly trip to the city of Cherkasy, taking hot food and drinks to share with homeless people and refugees (mostly from other parts of Ukraine). Over time, the ministry grew and developed in Hope Church, which started officially meeting in November that year. Sergiy shares the story of one man from Kharkiv who briefly attended the church.

“There were many refugees that were part of the church, who were coming along and had become Christians.

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Partnering in the Gospel

Our Church Partnerships initiative started in 2020, when Mike Roper, UCM Trustee and Elder of Bethel Baptist Church in Farnham, visited Ukraine and spent time with Dima and Nastya, who lead the church in the village of Kadena Gora. This personal connection developed into a relationship between the two congregations which is flourishing despite the constraints of the pandemic and the war. In the past year two more partnerships have been established, linking Denghi Church with Chiddingfold Baptist, and Christmas Church in Cherkasy with Ruwach Christian Church in Haywards Heath.

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Sowing Seeds in Faith
Run by Inna Illinya, her sister-in-law Mika, and a wonderful team of helpers, Blagodatne Day Centre is a vital ministry serving children and families in the village. Inna explains how the work began and what God is doing through it.

When and why did the Day Centre start?
The Day Centre started in our church in October 2022. The impetus for its opening was the lack of full-time education for children, who began studying remotely due to coronavirus, and then continued due to the war.
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Money Matters

Since the War started we have raised: £258,513 and sent: £191,120

Money Matters, pie chart showing percentage of spend

We are working hard to reduce our operation costs.

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