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Encouraging the Church in Pokrovsk

Editor’s Note: SGA’s Eric Mock has been traveling in Russia to visit and encourage faithful believers in the remote Kakutsk region. May you be blessed as you read.

I am here in Pokrovsk experiencing a heat wave at -15 below, and only slightly warmer during the day. I wanted to pass on to you a little more about how I spent my Friday night.

Yakutsk is the coldest region on earth, with temperatures frequently well below zero. Yet the believers are warm, friendly, and faithful.

Yakutsk is the coldest region on earth, with temperatures frequently well below zero. Yet the believers are warm, friendly, and faithful.

Pokrovsk is a village several miles from Yakutsk and located along the famous Yana River. With temperatures well below zero, we pulled up to an older, snow-covered house on a Friday night to find a group gathered together for worship – most of them were women. Traveling with me was Alexander Karyakov, director of the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute. We were late, but received a warm welcome and worshiped together with the church. Alexander and I preached short devotionals, and then we gathered together for fellowship afterwards. Two of the women had come to faith in the Lord the week before, and had many questions. Answering their questions led to questions from others gathered around the table and standing in the hallway. Two hours later, we were ready to go.

The believers in this little village were encouraged by the visit to their church, and strengthened through SGA's Antioch Initiative Bible and ministry training, are zealous to see their congregation grow even more!

The believers in this little village were encouraged by the visit to their church, and strengthened through SGA’s Antioch Initiative Bible and ministry training, are zealous to see their congregation grow even more!

This church began just after the fall of the Soviet Union and has grown slowly through steady, faithful Gospel preaching. There were no believers here during the days of communism to pass on the Gospel legacy. Now, with the men in this region receiving training through the Antioch Initiative, we pray that many of the people’s remaining questions will finally be answered, and the church will flourish by the grace of God. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28). Thank you so much for your prayers and many blessings to you all!

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