For You are my hope, O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth (Psalm 71:5).
Thousands of national adolescents and teenagers across Russia and her neighboring countries have grown up with no memory of life under communism. They do not see themselves as “former Soviets,” but as Russians, Ukrainians, Belarussians — whatever their own national identities. They are the next generation of their nation, and God is calling thousands of young men and women to proclaim the Gospel today.
The churches are excited because their youth are IN ministry rather than merely receiving ministry themselves. Pastors and youth leaders are seeing the vast potential of youth ministry and its impact on their communities. They are witnessing the growth of this vibrant movement of Russian Christian youth — now numbering in the tens of thousands— and they are excited about it.
We want to assist local churches as they nurture and prepare this new generation of parents, lay ministry leaders, pastors and missionaries. SGA partners are helping to equip youth groups as they are discipled by their local youth leader, and are actively using their gifts to minister in their communities, sharing the Gospel. We are also helping with periodic national and regional training conferences to equip youth leaders for effective outreach.
It only takes $15 a month to help supply a young Russian Christian for a whole year of ministry, or $180 for the whole year. Your gift will help provide the young people with evangelistic literature, ministry materials, transportation, and biblically sound training. Click here to support our youth IN ministry.
These youth groups are more than ministry to youth — they also are an opportunity for young people themselves to minister and witness about what the Lord has done in their lives.
December 12th, 2014Since 2013, Azamat has been concentrating on ministry to orphans who, on reaching adulthood, have “graduated” and left the orphanage for lives on their own. The joy he has in his ministry is mixed with very deep concern for the young people, who are now in the outside world with many challenges and temptations.
December 4th, 2014This past summer was a special time for a group of 25 young people from the church of SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Pavel Barsukov. Pavel made a return visit to several towns in neighboring Mongolia, and for half the team, it was their first missionary journey!
August 21st, 2014In Belarus, SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Oleg ministers in the region surrounding the capital of Minsk, and also is a key Youth IN Ministry leader. Oleg and the youth of his church have been faithfully sharing Christ’s love with some Roma families. Oleg recently wrote to share the moving story of an entire family’s redemption.