News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

christiana moon ukraine.jpg
christiana moon ukraine.jpg
UK News

Young Christian missionary escaping smoking Kyiv describes 'moments of light'

by Premier Journalist

A Christian missionary fleeing Kyiv for the Ukrainian / Polish border has described escaping the capital in a 13-hour car journey as surreal and crazy, “like a dream”, but said she has experienced “real moments of light”.

Christiana Moon, who’s from England, has been sheltering at the home of two Ukrainian Christian women in the western city of Lviv, and is planning to board a bus to Poland, then fly to England.

The 22-year-old, who teaches the Bible at Youth With A Mission (YWAM)’s base near Kyiv, said it was surreal that last Sunday she enjoyed a normal church service in her Ukrainian church, and now all her friends are scattered, having had to make on the spot decisions about safety.

She said: “I can't believe last Sunday, I led Bible study with my church, that it was just normal. The Russian invasion was just rumours at that point. We had a normal Sunday service. Now the sky in Kyiv is grey with smoke.”

Moon, from Essex, said she doesn’t regret returning to Ukraine a few weeks ago from England, because “every moment has been precious” and has drawn her closer to God.

She said: “It's just so weird, but I'm so glad I came back and every moment has been really precious. And it's been a great journey of trusting God when you have to make so many quick decisions. There's lots of people giving you advice or panicking around you. It's been really good for me to learn how to listen to his voice.”

She said the fact that Christians in Lviv have opened up their home to her has been a gospel witness to other people she met on the journey.

Moon, who has lived in Ukraine for four years, said: “It's been very humbling, and I think is an incredible gospel witness, particularly for people who are not believers. We met this family at the train station, a mother and a daughter ... they asked what we were doing, and we said ‘Okay, well, we're heading to this church contact, we have a house as refugees. Do you want to come?’ And they said, ‘Yes’. It was really awesome for them. Because they're just amazed that complete strangers would just be willing to open up their apartment to us … And their church itself is hosting so many people. It's really, I think, an incredible moment of light that I've seen during this time.”

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate