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Our Church is Not a Building!

. . . you also, having been built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ
(1 Peter 2:5).

The devastation in eastern Ukraine is terrible, but the Gospel still advances!

The devastation in eastern Ukraine is terrible, but the Gospel still advances!

Pastor Leonid is one of the many faithful missionary pastors SGA sponsors across Ukraine. Leonid’s region of ministry is in the embattled east, so for security purposes we are not disclosing his specific location. He recently sent us the following report, and some photographs that show the heartbreaking devastation of this conflict . . .

We are very much grateful to the Lord for our friends who support us in our ministry. Our church—like many other churches in eastern Ukraine—is going through difficult times. We need your ongoing prayers! Last month, our House of Prayer was taken over by armed groups for the second time. They falsely accuse us of espionage, cooperation with Western secret services, and demanded from us our House of Prayer.

By the mercy of the Lord, after two weeks passed, the armed men returned our building to us. But the church is not a building! It is the people of God. We praise the Lord that in our church, we have 70 adults, 12 children, and 6 new believers who are getting ready to be baptized. Our task is to preach the Gospel.

Sharing Bread

Leonid and his fellow pastors personally oversee food distribution and evangelistic efforts.

With your help, we are also preparing lunches for the hungry people who come to our church for help. There are many such people here. Every week, we feed around 200 people. Please continue to intercede in prayer for our ministry, and pray for peace!

We are thankful to the Lord for Leonid, and our brothers and sisters who are lifting up the name of Jesus and proclaiming His peace in these difficult days. And we are ever thankful to you—our partners in ministry—for your faithfulness in being their supply.

If you would like to help through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund, please click through to our Crisis Evangelism Fund page.

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