Audio Bibles to comfort & strengthen Ukraine’s military & displaced


Sports Catalyst has been working in Ukraine since 2007 and quickly shifted their efforts in response to Russia’s invasion. They set up 119 help centers in 81 cities to offer basic needs and spiritual support. A fleet of 400 volunteer-driven cars is continuously evacuating families from danger. A highly organized, well-trained network of workers is in place to prayerfully place digital Bible resources into the hands of those who need them. Although we do not know when the war will end, we can help ensure that this season in Ukraine’s history is marked by God’s Word present and active in the lives of the Ukrainian people.

The war in Ukraine has brought 45 million people into a critical juncture in the nation’s history. Many are turning to Christ and people everywhere are looking for hope and strength. We have before us a strategic opportunity to provide critically needed Bibles and resources as tens of millions take shelter from the conflict or flee the country. Digital Bible resources provide thousands of hours of reading, watching, and listening for people living through the worst crisis of their lives.

Project Details

Media to be Distributed:Solar-Powered Audio Bible Players: Pearl Players for Soldiers (hand held devices)
and larger Villager Players for use in refugee shelters.
Media Amounts:1,000 Pearl Players, 1,000 Village Players
Media Content:New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs, Gospel Stories, Children’s Gospel Songs
(Content on each player will be in Ukrainian or Russian)
Funding Date:June – August, 2020
Funding Goal$78,000

About the Distribution Partner

Through partnering, training, educating, and sustaining sports movements in cities around the world, Sports Catalyst has served Ukraine and created a robust system of discipleship among Eastern European nations. Sergey Khripunov and Ivan Bychkov are both from Eastern Europe and have formed relationships with churches throughout Ukraine.

Before the onset of the war, Sports Catalyst began relocating families and preparing a network of volunteers to care for the needs of those fleeing the war. Every day their help centers receive 12,000 people and they evacuate hundreds.

Sergey Khripunov attends church with Digital Bible Society staff and volunteers at WoodsEdge Church of the Woodlands, Texas. Soon after the onset of the war, a meeting was held to explore the vision of distributing digital Bibles as part of Sports Catalysts efforts within Ukraine. 

Please watch the following three videos we have prepared with details of this project by clicking on the link below.

Digital Bibles for Ukraine Proposal (PDF)

Audio Bibles for Ukraine Proposal (PDF)

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