“We are communicating the Word and compassion of Christ in the context of leadership training for the church and in serving those with special needs and disabilities. We work with students from countries of the former Soviet Union and those with various special needs in the Darnitsya region of Kyiv, Ukraine.”
Mark and Donna McDonnel have been serving at the Kyiv Theological Seminary (KTS) in Kyiv, Ukraine, one of the most strategic training centers for Christian leaders in the former Soviet Union. Mark trains evangelists, church planters and pastors for a wide variety of ministries all over Ukraine and the former Soviet Union countries such as Russia and Belarus. Donna is involved in a ministry of discipleship, evangelism, and informal counseling among women at their church and in a variety of other settings. Mark and Donna have also served in their local church in the church’s ministry for those with special needs.
Mark and Donna are both from Houston, Texas. Mark’s father is a retired pastor who ministered in the same church for 36 years. Donna became a Christian in college through the ministry of the Baptist Student Union. It was there at the University of Houston that Mark and Donna met and were married after graduation. Their strong desire to serve the Lord brought them together and led them into a variety of ministry opportunities from mission trips to church work, ministry in prisons to ministry in homeless shelters, and just serving the local church in whatever way possible.
Through their time at Dallas Theological Seminary they felt God leading them to serve in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine in discipleship and leadership development. They joined WorldVenture in 1996 and went to Kyiv in the summer of 1998.
If you’d like to pray, here’s what Mark and Donna have asked prayer for: “Please pray for our family, that we can be strong in our love for the Lord and for each other. Please pray for peace and restoration in Ukraine resulting from several years of war. Please pray for the seminary and other opportunities to train leaders for the church. Please pray for mercy and grace for those with disabilities who struggle physically and emotionally in a country that does little to help them.”
Blogs on WorldVenture
* For His Joy: Pulling Together as a Family in Christ