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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

SEPTEMBER 2015

2—Please pray for protection of evangelical churches across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially in Ukraine and regions of ongoing unrest. Pray for wisdom as to how we can safeguard the security of the churches we serve, yet still report on the wonderful ministry taking place.

3—Keep SGA president Bob Provost in prayer in the midst of a heavy travel and ministry schedule. Pray for ongoing wisdom and discernment as he leads SGA and our service to Bible-preaching churches.

4—Please pray in advance for churches that will be participating in the SGA-sponsored Immanuel’s Child Christmas ministry this year. Churches are already gathering resources, and are praying that many children will be reached with the Gospel.

5—Pray for Pastor Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian UECB. The more than 1,750 congregations of the Union are spread across 11 time zones, and Alexei’s role requires much travel.

6—Lift up in prayer the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov. They joyfully serve some 150 missionary pastors, the Orphans Reborn staff, the youth ministry staff, the Antioch Initiative training ministries, and Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, as well as SGA staff as they travel to encourage the brethren and report on the ministry taking place.

7—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Youth IN Ministry program across Russia, asking for God’s blessing as they encourage congregations—especially in small remote villages. Pray for the resources to help disciple and train even more young people to serve.

8—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Valery Akelkin, who serves in Russia’s Altai region. Intercede for his church’s Bible-based drug rehab ministry, outreach to the homeless, family clubs, and development of a leadership team in his church.

9—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary—located in central Siberia. Pray for the students and their professors as they dig deeply into God’s Word together.

10—Intercede in prayer for Iftihar, an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor laboring in Russia’s Dagestan region where Islam is prevalent. Pray for safety, health, and protection as he serves the Lord in a region that can be quite dangerous.

11—Pray for Vasily, an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor in the Minsk region who is deeply involved in the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn ministry. Pray for continued unhindered access so these lonely, forgotten children can hear the Gospel and know of Christ’s love.

12—Belarus shares its southern border with Ukraine and has received many Ukrainian refugee families fleeing from the violence in their country. Pray for the churches who are helping these needy families with food, shelter, and other aid, while also sharing the Gospel.

13—Dr. Viktor Krutko serves as president of the Belarussian UECB, and SGA’s U.S. staff recently enjoyed a visit and edifying message from this special brother. Please lift him in prayer today in the midst of fulfilling his many responsibilities.

14—We praise and thank the Lord for Dima Podrez and his leadership of youth ministry across Belarus. Ask for God’s ongoing blessing as Dima and teams of young people visit rural churches for ministry and encouragement.

15—Remember Leonid Mikhovich, president of Minsk Seminary, in prayer as he maintains a busy schedule leading the school, as well as the Minsk region of the Baptist union, plus regular evangelistic ministry. We praise the Lord for Leonid’s dedicated, godly example.

16—Only the Lord knows how long the violent conflict between pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine and the Ukraine government will continue. Pray for increased resources for SGA to help the evangelical churches of Ukraine as they proclaim the peace of Christ.

17—Intercede for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Vladimir Mikhailov in Ukraine’s Odessa region, which has absorbed many refugees from eastern Ukraine. May he have many opportunities to share Christ’s love with these heartbroken families.

18—Please pray for director Ruslan Muratayev and his staff at SGA’s Kiev Regional Ministry Center (RMC). Intercede in prayer for their families, and ask the Lord to strengthen their hearts even as they encourage the 117 missionary pastors and many churches that they serve.

19—Join us in praising the Lord for Irpen Biblical Seminary and their recent graduation of 116 servants of Christ. Pray for president Dr. Igor Yaremchuk as he leads the school.

20—Please intercede regularly for Pastor Valery Antonyuk, president of the Ukrainian UECB. May God grant him abundant wisdom and discernment during these days of serious challenge in Ukraine.

21—Please pray for SGA-sponsored Antioch Initiative Bible and ministry training in the Caucasus nations of Georgia and Azerbaijan. May God enable them to raise up and train biblically sound pastors and leaders, and bless them as they plant zealous, Gospel-preaching churches.

22—We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Israel College of the Bible to provide Bible training for Russian-speaking immigrants and congregations in Israel. Ask the Lord to continually bless both the new Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies program and the continuing two-year certificate in Biblical Studies program.

23—Please remember to pray for follow-up ministry that churches will be doing in connection with this past summer’s children’s camps. We are praying that many young boys and girls come to Christ as a result of their time in camp.

24—The Caucasus Mountains region covers southern Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, and ministry there poses many challenges, and even dangers in Muslim-dominant areas. Intercede for our brothers and sisters there today.

25—On occasion, SGA leadership has opportunity to visit the countries of Central Asia, where poverty is severe and persecution of churches intense. Ask God to provide the resources to help the oppressed believers there, and encourage their hearts.

26—Pray today for Alexander Karyakov, director of the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan. Pray also for the professors and students as they enter the fall term of study.

27—Pray for SGA’s international offices in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. We praise and thank God for their faithful dedication to the Gospel and service to evangelical churches in the CIS and Eastern Europe.

28—We are thankful for SGA’s senior missionaries—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk. Ask the Lord for continued strength and blessing as they serve Christ with every opportunity He grants.

29—Join us in praising the Lord for Leon Pashkovets, newborn son of SGA’s Alex Pashkovets, who works in our missionary pastor support department. Alex and his wife Yelena are rejoicing with this new addition to their family.

30—Reflection: Let us conclude September with the wonderful praise recorded by the prophet Jeremiah ... Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting (Jeremiah 33:11).

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