In the midst of uncertain times, here’s what I’m learning from “espoir” and “espérance.” During a recent exchange with a colleague I knew to be quite ambitious, a few of his words stuck with me: “I would rather live a difficult present with my resources than continue to save resources for an uncertain future. Who knows? The way things are going, the world may end tomorrow.” The COVID-19 pandemic has led many to think that it is difficult or even impossible to continue to dream and believe in a better future. Like my colleague, many around us have abandoned projects…

Baptists and Pentecostals assess activism, unity, and reregistration in the Donbas region’s occupied Luhansk and Donetsk. Trying to help, Vitaly Vlasenko was labeled a spy. Traveling 650 miles south from Moscow to Luhansk, Ukraine, at his own expense, the now–general secretary of the Russian Evangelical Alliance (REA) waded into a war zone. Russian-backed separatists have held control of the Donbas region of southeastern Ukraine since 2014, and by 2018 had crafted laws to re-register churches, ostensibly under the principle of freedom of conscience and assembly. But two years prior, the rebel authorities in Luhansk declared Baptists and Pentecostals a security…