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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.

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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Our Church is Not a Building!

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.
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Weak in the Flesh But Strong in Christ!

In Russia’s vast Krasnoyarsk region, SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Viktor Bogushevich is hard at work sharing the Gospel at every opportunity and praising the Lord for the harvest. Not long ago, Viktor wrote to tell us the story of an elderly man named Yuri—won to saving faith in Christ through the struggles of his son.
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Ukraine: Crisis Evangelism Update

Recently Eric Mock, SGA’s vice president of ministry operations, had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine. While there, he visited with some of our partner churches who have set up refugee centers for those displaced by the continuing conflict in the eastern part of the country. Eric shares part of his journey.
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