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1,100 Russians Injured in Meteor Blast

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

With the news today of a meteor explosion in Chelyabinsk, Russia, we have received inquiries about our missionary pastors in the region, and about how best to pray.

For those who have not heard, a large meteor blazed across the sky today and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains and Chelyabinsk with the power of an atomic bomb. The sonic boom shattered many windows and injured about 1,100 people. The meteor was estimated to be about 10 tons and 49 feet wide. It entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground, according to the the Russian Academy of Sciences. This has happened in Russia before—the notorious Tunguska incident in the early 1900s that leveled thousands of trees and left a deep crater in the ground. Scientists have studied that incident for decades.

SGA missionary pastors Vyacheslav Khvostov and Dmitri Pavlushin live and minister in Chelyabinsk, but they and their families are uninjured. We are thankful to the Lord that thus far, no fatalities have been reported. This incident has deeply frightened many Russians according to news reports. Pray for Vyacheslav, Dmitri, and the Bible-preaching churches of the region, asking the Lord to open doors for the Gospel.

Thank you in advance for praying!

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