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And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God . . . (Luke 9:2).

Seeing the lost come to Christ across the lands of Russia . . . that was the burning passion of SGA founder Peter Deyneka, and it remains our burning passion today. Above all, it is the burning passion of the Russian evangelical churches SGA serves, and we are thankful for the opportunity to help them reach their communities for Christ.

SGA connects North American Christians with individual Russian church-planting missionaries, and helps to send them out to targeted regions where they live, work and proclaim the Gospel. They have a tremendous advantage because they already know the language, culture and history of their people. The church planters are selected by their local congregational leadership and are partnered through SGA with sponsoring individuals or churches here in North America. In addition, many Sunday school classes and adult Bible fellowships have discovered the tremendous blessing of sponsoring a national church planter in Russia.

Church planter sponsors receive their missionary’s name, family information, ministry location and a family photo when possible. SGA helps facilitate communication between the missionary and sponsors, to encourage prayer and so that all may rejoice in what God is doing across the former Soviet Union. The backgrounds of the missionaries are varied, and their dedication is such that many of them are ministering in three to five locations simultaneously. A significant number also have ministries to prison inmates, drug addicts and orphan children. Many former prisoners who have been gloriously saved have moved on to become church planters themselves.

Partial sponsorships can begin for as little as $35 per month. Full sponsorships are also available. If you’d like to find out more how you can help sponsor a faithful missionary pastor in Russia or her neighboring countries, call SGA at 1-800-242-5350. Our office switchboard is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time.

If you’d like to donate to our church planting ministry, click here.

Encouraging the Church in Central Asia

Not long ago, SGA’s Eric Mock and his wife, Kristi, were visiting and encouraging faithful missionary pastors and their families in Central Asia. In these regions, the poverty is enormous and the needs are overwhelming. We’d like to share Eric’s reflections on their time with these churches, and to ask for your ongoing prayers.

From Prison to the Pastorate

At 41, Pastor Oleg counts himself blessed of the Lord for his fruitful ministry in Ukraine. Oleg, who is studying at the SGA-sponsored Irpen Biblical Seminary while simultaneously pastoring, recently shared his story with us. Reflecting on his youth, Oleg says that his life would have turned out very differently had God not intervened.

God Always Makes a Way

This past spring, we had extra medical expenses that left us with no money. But God didn’t stop His blessings and He provided me with a small job. My family was rejoicing and already, even before I was paid, we were planning how to use the money. But on my very first payday, I received a phone call from brother Sergei. He was calling to ask me to come to their church for a funeral.

Praising God for the Harvest

There are many things to be thankful for in the Vitebsk region of Belarus! Two SGA-sponsored missionary pastors in the region are laboring fruitfully in the region, and the Lord is steadily bringing in the harvest. One of these faithful laborers is Pastor Alexander. He wrote to offer praise to God with thanksgiving for the ministry your gifts help make possible.

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