Renewal Ministries began ministering in the Ukraine in 1999. At the request of Fr. Peter Kurkyevich, we presented a week-long retreat for priests and religious. Since then, we have ministered yearly in Krasilov, a rural town of hard-working people. We have continued to work with priests and lay people, giving retreats, continuing education, and training in evangelization. We have collaborated with the Franciscan Capuchins in several cities in Ukraine. Economically, Ukraine is one of the poorer countries in Eastern Europe, yet it possesses some of the richest farming soil in the world. Kiev, the capital, is a city of five million people with beautiful Orthodox, golden-domed churches.