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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

NOVEMBER 2014

1—Reflection: We begin November giving thanks to the Lord for His provision enabling SGA to serve evangelical churches across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing praises to Your name (2 Samuel 22:50)

2—Pray for the director of SGA/Canada, Dr. Allan Vincent. We thank God for Allan and his team as they share the great ministry opportunities that exist across the CIS with Canadian churches and individual partners.

3—Pray for SGA’s leadership team—President Bob Provost, along with vice presidents Eric Mock and Rosemary Gianesin. Ask for God’s guidance and wisdom as they oversee SGA’s ministries in the CIS and the U.S.

4—The Ukraine crisis has had domino effects on other CIS countries and the evangelical churches within. Pray that God will protect the churches, and enable them to proclaim the Gospel despite any roadblocks the enemy erects.

5—Join the SGA staff today as we gather for an extended time of prayer for our ministries and faithful partners. The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord receives my prayer (Psalm 6:9).

6—Lift up missionary pastor Sergei Kostin as he ministers in Ukraine’s Kherson region. He is working on an outreach possibility for young church members to work in farming in order to have food for themselves, and to share it with needy people—opening the door for the Gospel.

7—Pray for youth ministries in Ukraine as they reach the young with the Gospel. Pray specifically for special evangelism through sports ministry in the town of Slavutich, where the teens meet weekly in a stadium next to the school.

8—Please pray as a Master of Education track is developed at the SGA-sponsored Odessa Theological Seminary. The purpose of this program would be to train leaders to be at the forefront of learning and development in theological education.

9—Intercede for Valery Antonyuk, president of the Ukrainian UECB. May God grant him and his team wisdom as they continue to encourage the churches amid the conflict in their nation. Pray for peace in Ukraine.

10—Pray for the staff at SGA’s Kiev Regional Ministry Center (RMC). They specially request prayer for extended family members who are not saved.

11—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary in their important work of training workers for God’s harvest fields. Pray that the participation of Russian pastors and churches in Christian education will continue to grow.

12—Intercede for Pastor Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian UECB. Pray for continued discernment and strength as he continues to serve as president in his fifth year.

13—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Alexander Yurovskikh as he ministers in Russia’s Kurgan region and disciples new converts in his community. Also please pray for his daughter Olya, who suffers from high blood pressure and severe headaches.

14—Intercede for the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov. We thank God for Valery and his staff as they are SGA’s hands and feet in serving Bible-preaching churches across all of Russia.

15—Pray for God’s peace and unity among churches as political tensions continue to flare between Russia and Ukraine. The churches take seriously the biblical admonishment to ... preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

16—Lift up Dr. Viktor Krutko, president of the Belarussian UECB, in prayer. We praise God for this dedicated brother and his godly leadership.

17—Lift up SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Dmitry Melnikov as he ministers to youth. Ask for boldness to be granted to the young people as they share the Gospel among their peers.

18—Praise God for the impact of SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry in Belarus. Many families are hearing the Gospel as they receive food parcels and Christian literature. Pray for Nitita, a young social orphan being raised by a Christian grandmother, and who now wants to be baptized!

19—Lift up missionary pastors and churches who carry out widows ministry, helping them in a variety of ways, including food parcels, house repairs, and medicine. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress ... (James 1:27).

20—Pray for SGA’s Minsk RMC staff as they serve 50 missionary pastors and churches all across Belarus. Pray for wisdom and encouragement as they work in difficult ministry conditions.

21—In Uzbekistan, SGA-sponsored missionary pastors are ministering to the homeless. Pray for growing impact on children, parents, families, and good relations with local authorities.

22—Many churches in Azerbaijan and other Muslim-dominated countries have great financial needs. Pray for the resources to help them as God directs and provides.

23—Pray for Israel College of the Bible as SGA teachers prepare students for ministry to Russian-speaking congregations and drug rehab centers throughout Israel. And please pray for peace and safety for SGA personnel in Israel.

24—Pray for Christian children in Muslim-dominated Tajikistan, as they encounter persecution by other children and teens. Pray the faith of these young ones will hold, firmly established in their Savior.

25—Intercede for missionary pastors who minister in Turkmenistan as they encounter determined opposition when ministering in the name of Jesus, even to youth and widows. Pray for open doors and changed hearts in officials as these pastors continue to labor diligently for the sake of the Gospel.

26—Lift up SGA’s senior missionaries—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Rose Leonovich, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk—as they serve our Lord faithfully each day. Pray especially for Ruth, as her book ministering to Russian-speaking women is now complete and is being edited.

27—Thanksgiving Day: As we celebrate today, join us in giving thanks for the many blessings God has given to us throughout this past year. Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord, and I will sing praises to Your name (Psalm 18:49).

28—We thank God for Cindy Beaumont, SGA’s human resources administrator. Ask for ongoing wisdom in her many duties, including travel arrangements, insurance, and other key tasks.

29—Intercede for upcoming SGA-sponsored Christmas ministries next month, including Immanuel’s Child. Christmas is on January 7 in the CIS.

30—Reflection: As we conclude November, join us in giving praise and thanks to our God, and let ... the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful (Colossians 3:15).

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