Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), recently returned from a week long trip to Ukraine, where APN representatives continued fulfilling a request to help Ukrainian leaders and pastors become re-energized in their mission and zeal to bring biblical and constitutional government to Ukraine.
Rohrer traveled with Col. John Eidsmoe, a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches and civic groups. Also a constitutional attorney, Eidsmoe has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment rights and religious freedom. Joining them was Pastor Dale Armstrong, International Director for APN, who has orchestrated APN’s on-the-ground involvement in the Ukraine over the past year.
During the trip, the APN team met with members of the media, constitutional lawyers, members of Parliament and key political figures on the essential elements regarding the writing of a new constitution. APN also planned an essay contest for high school seniors and college students, in an effort to help them understand the biblical principles behind the U.S. Constitution.
“The ongoing work in Ukraine and the doors that have been opened have been nothing short of miraculous,” Rohrer said, “and we give God all the glory for these tremendous opportunities. This relationship is also strong because these Ukraine leaders understand that America became a great nation because our country was built on a biblical foundation, and they want that foundation for their own nation. During our many interactions with Ukrainian pastors and leaders, APN has presented the biblical principles of authority, government, law, jurisdiction, ethics, integrity, and what it means to have a righteous government. These principles refer heavily to the American experience, to the view of our founders, and to the principles that drove the writing of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.”
For the past year, APN has partnered with Ukrainian leaders, after first being invited last June to an International Leadership Summit by Bishop Valery Reshetinsky, who also serves as the Chairman of the Ukrainian Interchurch Council that represents 20 different evangelical denominations. During the initial summit with more than 100 in attendance, Ukrainian pastoral and elected leaders learned about the principles that made America great. Also attending that summit were approximately 15 key government officials from the executive and legislative branches, including top advisers and heads of government agencies and departments. Since those initial events, Rohrer and other APN leaders have been invited back to Ukraine multiple times.
“For years, the people of Ukraine have struggled with government instability, economic setbacks and personal crises,” added Armstrong. “Yet, amid that strife, are men and women who understand that the only way to establish a truly free and prosperous nation is by building a nation based on the foundation of God’s Word and His eternal truth. It has been both eye-opening and sobering to see that even as many in America reject this truth, Ukrainians are making sacrifices in pursuit of it.”
Rohrer continued that Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly confirmed their desire to establish a righteous government free of corruption and bribery, and one that would recognize and protect the basic and inalienable rights granted by God.