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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

AUGUST 2014

1—Reflection: We begin August remembering God as our source of wisdom ... The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

2—Pray for Dr. Bob Provost, president of SGA, as he travels to speak at various conferences this month. Pray that his words would be encouraging and challenging as he shares about what God has been doing through SGA in the CIS.

3—Children’s summer camp season will begin winding down this month. Pray for safety and boldness of camp workers as they share the Gospel and model God’s love to all the children attending. May many kids come to saving faith in Christ!

4—Pray for Dr. Allan Vincent, director of SGA/Canada, and his staff as they work diligently in bridging the partnerships between Russian-speaking churches and missionary pastors in the CIS, and the Canadian partners who support them.

5—Lift SGA compassion ministry in prayer as hundreds of families are served each month through SGA-sponsored missionary pastors—supplying them with food and the Word of God – the Bread of Life!

6—Pray for Valery Antonyuk, president of the Ukrainian UECB, as he leads the fellowship during this difficult time in Ukraine’s history. Ask for the Lord’s anointing as they proclaim the peace and reconciliation of Christ.

7—Pray for Roman Kravchuk, SGA-sponsored missionary pastor in the Volyn region. Pastor Kravchuk ministers frequently to youth in his area through Bible studies and special conferences.

8—Lift up the faculty of Irpen Seminary as they prepare to begin the academic school year soon. A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher (Luke 6:40).

9—Pray for the staff at SGA’s Kiev RMC as they continue to work joyfully and tirelessly for the Lord serving evangelical churches in their area.

10—Praise God for more than 18,500 volumes of biblical literature that were shipped to Ukraine earlier this year! May these resources edify and encourage those who receive them.

11—Pray for Pastor Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian UECB, as he and his fellow pastors lead with faithfulness and passion for advancing the kingdom of God.

12—Intercede for the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov, as they give support to over 150 SGA-sponsored missionary pastors across the vast lands of Russia.

13—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary as students are beginning a new semester soon. Ask for God’s guidance as they learn sound doctrine, enabling them to minister as faithful, biblically-based preachers of the Word.

14—Pray for the missionary pastors who serve in Russia who encounter mistrust and difficulties as evangelicals are subjected to substantial opposition. Pray for softened hearts as they share the Gospel with many who have never heard of their need for a Savior.

15—Remember in prayer Piotr Tokar, an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor who works with the Roma people in the Belgorod region. Pray for those who repented at a Christian conference earlier this year, as they can face ostraCISm in the Roma culture.

16—Remember Dr. Viktor Krutko, president of the Belarussian UECB, in your prayers today. Ask for God’s wisdom and guidance on Viktor and the churches he serves as they lead evangelical efforts in their nation.

17—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Vasily, who ministers in the Gomel region. He asks for a spiritual awakening specifically in Korma. Pray for continued recovery from surgery earlier this year.

18—Intercede for Christian youth in Belarus as they reach adulthood, with many leaving home to work in larger cities and in Russia. Pray that Proverbs 22:6 would be a source of comfort for the parents of these youth.

19—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary as students begin a new academic year soon. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning (Proverbs 9:9).

20—Pray for the staff of SGA’s Minsk RMC as they serve over 50 missionary pastors —an increasing challenge in Belarus with an ever more difficult economy.

21—Pray for missionary pastors and church workers in Tajikistan who spread the Gospel through ministry among rehabilitation centers, the homeless, orphans, and needy children. Pray for their safety, as ministry in Islamic lands can be very dangerous.

22—Lift up an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor in Armenia who is asking for prayer as the believers complete church construction, and also for the funds needed to finish. Pray that this new church will be a lighthouse for the Gospel in this poverty-stricken nation.

23—Pray for UECB church workers reaching out to the homeless and “social orphans” in Uzbekistan. Social orphans are those who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, or who have run away.

24—Intercede for the country of Georgia, as more workers are needed to sow and reap the harvest of believers. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage the hearts of evangelical believers there as they face significant opposition.

25—Pray for a missionary pastor from Azerbaijan and others like him who need funds to attend theological training in September. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

26—Pray for SGA’s Beverly Braunsky and our mission’s finance department as the annual audit is this week. This is always a busy time, and we praise God for his steadfast guidance and blessing each year.

27—Lift up SGA’s senior missionaries—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Rose Leonovich, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk—as they continue to serve the Lord in their various ministries. Pray for continued healing as several are recovering from surgeries performed earlier this year.

28—Remember SGA’s Alex Pashkovets in prayer today. Alex serves as one of our church relations representatives, and serves as liaison for missionary pastors in Russia. We are thankful for the recent visit Alex made to the CIS, and for the encouragement he was to our brothers and sisters there.

29—As our 80th anniversary year enters its last quarter, pray for SGA president Bob Provost as he plans events to raise awareness of SGA’s ministries across the CIS. May the Lord grant us many new partners in the days ahead!

30—Please continue to pray for SGA’s advancement division as they continue to build online awareness through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Ask for wisdom as we share what God is doing through our mission in Russia and her neighboring countries.

31—Reflection: We close August with this exhortation from Paul: We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28).

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