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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

APRIL 2014

19—Intercede for the staff of SGA’s Minsk RMC, led by Piotr Podrez. Pray for wisdom and protection from the Evil One in the midst of increasing oppression of churches.

20—Easter Sunday: ... Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen ... (Mark 16:6). Churches across the CIS will proclaim today: Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres! (Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!) Pray for all those who will hear the Gospel today and truly understand the gift of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and His glorious resurrection.

21—Pray for more ministers in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, as they are in dire need of more leaders for their churches. May the Lord enable SGA to help provide increased Bible training opportunities for new pastors.

22—Pray for the persecuted churches of Azerbaijan as they focus on developing children’s and youth ministry—most often very discreetly. Pray for the next generation that they may know Christ—like Timothy, even from childhood (2 Timothy 3:15).

23—Lift the churches in Tajikistan in prayer as they minister to socially vulnerable segments of the population. This nation is perhaps the poorest in the CIS, with widows, children, and the elderly especially vulnerable.

24—Please remember the tense, often dangerous environment in which SGA missionary pastors live across Central Asia as they encounter opposition on various fronts. Pray for courage and peace as they deal with each situation with wisdom and boldness (Matthew 10:16-20).

25—Pray for Israel College of the Bible as they continue development of Russian-language programs. We are thankful for this God-given opportunity to assist Russian-speaking congregations in the Holy Land.

26—Please lift up SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn workers across the CIS in prayer. Despite increasing legal and cultural difficulties, these faithful workers tirelessly labor to reach children with Christ’s love.

27—We praise God for SGA’s senior missionaries-—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Rose Leonovich, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk—as they continue to share the Gospel in their spheres of influence.

28—We thank the Lord for staff member Shirley Davis. Shirley communicates with SGA partners as she receives reports from SGA missionary pastors.

29—Please remember SGA’s international offices in prayer—in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Ask for God’s gracious provision in all their ministries.

30—Reflection: We close April with a reminder of God’s great gift: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3)

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