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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.

A Man Called Hope

While visiting pastors and observing SGA-sponsored Bible training in Central Asia, I had an opportunity to meet a man who has serious physical challenges. His name is Umed, which translated into English means hope. And his story is indeed one of hope and trust in the Lord.

Encouraging the Church in Pokrovsk

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.

The Door to Salvation in Christ is Open Wide!

The history of the Russian city of Belgorod goes back to the 1200s. It’s not far from Ukraine’s northern border, and SGA-sponosored missionary pastor Piotr Tokar has been ministering to a wide variety of people.

The Power of God for Salvation

Despite his young age of 45, Vladimir Nenastin has been an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor in Russia for many years. After a fruitful period of church-planting ministry in the harsh climate of Russia’s Arctic region, Vladimir now labors in Nizhny Novgorod, a key commercial and industrial city located 250 miles east of Moscow.

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