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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

MARCH 2015

5—Please lift SGA’s Loves Park, Illinois, headquarters staff in prayer today. May the Lord grant the abundant resources needed to help churches advance the Gospel across the CIS.

6—Pray for Ruslan Murataiev, who recently assumed responsibilities for SGA’s Regional Ministry Center (RMC) in Ukraine. We are thankful to God for His provision, and are praying for God’s ongoing anointing and guidance for our Kiev staff as they serve the churches during these days of trial.

7—Pray for students and staff at the SGA-sponsored Irpen Biblical Seminary who are already planning their participation in Christian summer camps and evangelistic outreaches. Pray for strategic plans and provision of resources as they prepare.

8—Lift up the entire country of Ukraine as political, social, and economic unrest continues to plague the nation. Pray for God’s peace to reign—and especially modeled before their people by believers—ambassadors of the one true King of Peace.

9—Intercede for Pastor Valery Antonyuk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), and his leadership team as they encourage and strengthen the churches that they serve.

10—Please pray for the SGA-sponsored Odessa Theological Seminary. Lift the faculty as they continue developing biblically-solid courses to train ministers and Christian workers for God’s Kingdom.

11—Lift up the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov, as they provide support to more than 150 SGA-sponsored missionary pastors across nine time zones. May they be a source of encouragement and support to evangelical churches across the nation.

12—Pray for the teachers and staff at SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, and especially for their newly established Distance Learning program. Now those unable to travel to the seminary will still be able to enroll in sound Bible training.

13—Intercede for Pastor Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian UECB. Pray also for the seven regional vice presidents, and the many pastors responsible for overseeing churches in their local territories. Russia is so vast, and so many people are yet unreached!

14—Pray for SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn workers who minister to thousands of orphans in Russia and the CIS. As Scripture reminds us ... 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).

15—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Sasha Dubynin as he ministers in the Far East major port city of Vladivostok. Ask for the Lord’s guidance as his ministry team plans to train missionary teams for outreach beyond Russia’s borders.

16—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary, headed by Pastor Leonid Mikhovich. The seminary holds training conferences and seminars for pastors and lay workers, which are fruitful and effective for ministry.

17—We thank God for the Gospel opportunities now open for SGA missionary pastors to bring food parcels and Christian literature to needy families. Pray for the salvation of these families as they hear of Christ’s love.

18—Pray for Dr. Viktor Krutko, president of the Belarussian UECB. We are thankful for Viktor’s dedicated leadership, and his encouragement to churches amid very difficult ministry conditions.

19—Pray for the staff of SGA’s Minsk RMC, led by Piotr Podrez. Pray for the Lord’s ongoing provision as they serve the churches—especially those in small, poor, rural villages.

20—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Aleksandr K, who ministers in Svetlogorsk. Pray especially for children and youth ministries at his church, reaching the next generation for Christ.

21—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan, and for the students who are in the new Kazakh language program. These students are preparing to plant churches in cities and villages across the country.

22—Evangelical churches are reaching out to widows in the nations of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Pray that these compassionate visits will open the door to fruitful evangelism.

23—Pray for the students and teachers of Israel College of the Bible. We praise and thank the Lord to be able to assist Russian-speaking congregations with ministry resources and encouragement.

24—Pray for churches in Armenia, as many refugees from the Syrian conflict are showing up there. Pray for Bible study opportunities that have formed over the past year, and increased attendance in local communities.

25—Pray for the resources necessary to provide more biblical training for ministers in Azerbaijan and Georgia. Evangelical churches in both countries face significant opposition.

26—Lift up in prayer SGA-sponsored missionary pastors across Central Asia as they plan summer camps for children. With the opposition they face, sometimes these camps are held at substantial risk to the churches.

27—In Central Asia, opposition to the churches is the most severe in Turkmenistan. Ask for God’s continued protection and provision for believers, and also for openings to share the Gospel.

28—As we look forward to celebrating Easter next month, pray for all Bible-preaching churches across the CIS and for the many outreach opportunities during that time. The glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the center of our hope!

29—We thank God for SGA’s Bret Laird, newly appointed as Executive Assistant to our mission’s president, Dr. Bob Provost. Pray for the transition of his family back to the US, as they have been serving in Ukraine for quite some time.

30—Pray for SGA’s senior missionaries—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Rose Leonovich, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk. The Gospel and ministry opportunities they have are varied, but each one comes with great joy.

31—Reflection: As we conclude March, let us be God’s hands and feet as we show compassion to others ... So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... (Colossians 3:12).

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