Profile: Transcarpathia, Ukraine
April 09, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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Profile: Transcarpathia, Ukraine
Ministry: Christian Medical Center Luke Society Transcarpathia
Location: Munkac, Ukraine
Director: Dr. Pal Oroszi
Q&A with the Director
Q: What are the important components to your ministry?:
A: The outpatient clinic (in Munkac); the satellite office in the rural area (Vilok); physical and spiritual care in both locations; and the Gypsy mission in two Gypsy camps which delivers education, disease prevention, medical and spiritual care.
Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The desire to help our people in spiritual and physical need, and the recognition to share the Good News through physical help.
Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: The largest part of the population belongs to the Orthodox Church and also to Greek Catholic and less to the Roman Catholic Church. The protestant churches, the largest is the Reformed, are a minority.
By nationality, the region is a multicultural territory. Over 80 different nations are represented. The largest groups are Ukrainians, Russians and Hungarians, but there are also significant groups of Rumanians, Slovakians and Ruthenians. The region during last 100 years belonged to six different countries. These changes created many very painful situations for the people. Thousands were deported, persecuted or killed. Most of these regimes persecuted Christian, evangelical churches, killed their pastors, destroyed church buildings and deported believers to Siberia. The Churches have survived even the longest and hardest of this persecution – the time of Soviet regime. After this time, the churches experienced a real revival and a time of big growth. The spiritual interest was especially high among the youth.
Until 1991 the region was isolated from all neighbor countries. After the collapse of the Soviet regime came the decades of economical crisis with high corruption and bloody revolutions. As the result of all these, and the deepening of the economical crisis, millions left the country. In the last couple of years, the Russian invasion against the country and the conflict has accelerated all this process.
Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: Because of the problems in the heath care system, we have many patients coming to the clinic with physical needs. It is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
Also, the work in the gypsy camps – besides serving this group of very underserved people with their physical needs, we can provide the community health care, and together with the local churches, also have a spiritual influence on the whole community. In both of these communities there are growing churches now.
Together with the churches, the Clinic is also involved in different activities of evangelism in the region. This cooperation with the churches is growing continuously.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: With my wonderful team I can serve my people in physical and spiritual need. This is my calling.
Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: My vision is to involve the new generation of Christian doctors and nurses into the ministry. Our goal is to enlarge the field of physical and spiritual help.