Valentin Siniy in Ukraine

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying with us this week for Valentin Siniy in Ukraine. 

Lying north of the Black Sea, Ukraine gained sovereignty in 1991 after the Soviet Union’s collapse. In 2013, Ukraine’s government suspended an agreement with the European Union to pursue closer ties with Russia. Several months of Euromaidan protests ensued, eventually escalating into a revolution that established a new government. A month later, in March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and began backing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Join us in prayer for peace in Ukraine, for all who face danger and deprivation, for the hundreds of thousands who have lost loved ones, for the 3.7 million displaced within the country, and for the 6.5 million refugees (mostly women and children) scattered abroad.

Valentin is President of Tavriski Christian Institute (TCI), one of the first theological schools with state licensed programs in Ukraine. In early 2022, after Russian troops occupied TCI’s campus in Kherson, Valentin and TCI faculty and staff moved to a remote location. From that base, they took up relief efforts, evacuating over 1,000 refugees from “hot zones,” feeding over 64,000 people, and distributing thousands of Bibles, with support from Scholar Leaders’ Ukrainian Relief Fund. Despite ongoing war and relief work, TCI has resumed online courses, with nearly 50 students enrolled.
Valentin earned a PhD in Theology from Dragomanov National Pedagogical University in 2021. His dissertation focused on leadership and governance in theological education. In addition to supporting Valentin’s doctoral research through Leader Studies, Scholar Leaders works with Valentin and his TCI team through the Vital Sustainability Initiative and the Church & Society – Ukraine Initiative. Scholar Leader’s Theological Book Network is also helping to restore TCI’s library collection. Learn more about Valentin’s dynamic leadership in our 2022 annual report. Valentin and his wife Luba have a son, Kirill, and a daughter, Sonya.
Valentin shares the following message:

My name is Valentin Siny, residing in Ukraine, and I am the President of Tavriski Christian Institute (TCI). These past two years have been a whirlwind, as I’ve found myself moving between three cities: Kherson, where we lived before the war; Ivano-Frankivsk, where we’ve settled since the conflict escalated; and Kyiv, where we plan to relocate in June. 

An Enduring Ministry

Amid these transitions and challenges, I have been deeply moved by the spiritual encouragement that the Lord has graciously given me during this turbulent period. 

One such encouragement came during my visits to Kherson after its liberation. Walking into my still-standing house, untouched by the ravages of war, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of emptiness and lifelessness. The same feeling enveloped me as I stood amid the ruins of our seminary buildings, destroyed by conflict. 

Ruins of TCI buildings destroyed by Russian occupiers

Yet, amid the physical destruction, I realized that the spirit of our seminary and the essence of our ministry have remained vibrant and alive within our people. The ministry has endured, continues to grow, and thrives, even though we have lost our academic infrastructure, library, and self-funding sources. This realization was a profound encouragement to me, a testament to the resilience and faithfulness of our community.

Restoring the Library

Another significant encouragement came through the restoration of our library. At the onset of the war, our library, which had housed thousands of valuable books in Ukrainian and English, was deliberately destroyed by occupiers who viewed the literature as Western propaganda. The loss was immense, with nearly 30,000 books gone. 

However, a recent event has filled my heart with hope and gratitude. Lincoln Christian University extended a generous hand, donating its theological library of 25,000 books to us.

Theological books being prepared for TCI

Several organizations, including Scholar Leaders and a local church, rallied together to load these books into a container. Scholar Leaders’ Theological Book Network also expressed interest in enriching our collection with new theological literature. These acts of kindness and solidarity underscore the profound truth that the Lord works through His people, uniting them in service and love for His kingdom. 

In times of adversity and loss, these spiritual encouragements remind us that God’s providence and grace are ever-present. Through our community’s resilience and fellow believers’ generosity, we continue to press on, serving the Lord with renewed faith and determination. 

Pray for Rebuilding

We thank God in our prayers for the fact that, by His mercy, He is restoring our burnt library from the ashes. We continue to fervently pray that He will provide us with the opportunity and means to rebuild the entire campus, since it is very difficult to carry out the ministry of a seminary without a campus.

In Christ, 

Valentin Siniy

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