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For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction (Proverbs 4:2).

Preparing faithful pastors, teachers, youth leaders and children’s workers for lifetimes of ministry is vital for evangelical churches across Russia and her neighboring countries. SGA partners are committed to helping them meet this great need for future generations by sponsoring four evangelical seminaries — Irpen Biblical Seminary and Odessa Theological Seminary in Ukraine; Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary in Russia; Minsk Theological Seminary in Belarus; and Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan. SGA also sponsors several Bible institute programs and affiliated worship music schools across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). These schools provide doctrinally sound, biblical training in pastoral ministry, evangelism, music and worship ministries, youth ministry, children’s ministry and Christian education. Full seminary degrees are available as well as diploma programs and correspondence study.

In addition to sponsorship of these quality Christian schools, SGA partners also help provide resources such as scholarships, theological texts and materials, facility assistance and, on occasion, sending gifted Bible teachers from North America to assist Russian faculty in teaching at the seminaries and Bible institutes.

From Summer Camp to Seminary

I was born in Ukraine’s Cherkassy region. My parents worked in a collective farm. They parents were Orthodox, so I can say that I believed that God exists. I remember when I was small that I had bad dreams at night, and I tried to pray to God every evening. It helped me but at that time, I didn’t have saving faith.

Celebrating Freedom from Drug Bondage

Drug and alcohol abuse is a critically serious problem in Russia and her neighboring countries. The Lancet medical journal recently reported that 25 percent of Russian men die before they are 55, and alcohol is blamed for the deaths.

The Power of Learning God’s Word

We receive many wonderful testimonies from our brothers and sisters across Russia and her neighboring countries. Some of the most powerful testimonies have come from those now enrolled in an SGA-sponsored seminary or Bible institute, as well as from those who have graduated and are now in full time ministry.

On the Mission Field: Dr. Igor Yaremchuk in Africa

This past year, Irpen Seminary president Dr. Igor Yaremchuk was able to travel to the African country of Kenya for a two-week evangelistic visit. He had the opportunity to participate in Bible training for Kenyan pastors, teaching a homiletics course. In addition, he shared his powerful testimony of finding Christ after Soviet military service with 2,000 teenage boarding school students .

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