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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

FEBRUARY 2016

13—Pastor Vlad Treskin is the national youth leader for Russia’s Baptist Union. We are thankful for this gifted brother and his servant leadership in reaching youth for Christ.

14—Belarus and much of the CIS are still in the grip of a hard winter. Please pray for resources to keep helping the churches reach needy families with food aid through SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry.

15—The UN is criticizing this past fall’s presidential election in Belarus as being “neither free or fair.” Regardless of the political winds, pray that God will move the hearts of the country’s political leadership, and that severe restrictions on the churches will be removed.

16—Please pray for SGA’s Minsk RMC director Piotr Podrez. We praise and thank God for our team in Belarus and their loving service to Christ and His churches.

17—Intercede for Pastor Nikolai, who serves as a missionary pastor in Belarus’ Mogilev area. Nikolai’s mother went to be with the Lord suddenly last year. Pray for God’s comfort for the family.

18—The Minsk Theological Seminary is one of several key Bible training schools sponsored by SGA across the CIS. Pray today for its president, Leonid Mihovich, and the students as they continue their focused study of God’s Word for future ministry.

19—Praise the Lord for the Israel College of the Bible! We thank God for the opportunities He has granted SGA to serve Russian-speaking congregations in Israel through assisting in Russian-language resources. Ask God for His continued blessing and protection.

20—Intercede for Pastor Franz Tissen, president of the Baptist Union in Kazakhstan. Franz has served in this position for many years, and is a wonderful example of servant leadership in Christ.

21—There are at least 50 people groups in the Caucasus Mountains region of the CIS. SGA-sponsored missionary pastors who serve there need constant prayer as they face opposition from Islam and other groups opposed to evangelical ministry.

22—Pray for the faculty and staff at the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan. Under the leadership of Alexander Karyakov, Almaty’s sound biblical influence is growing and many faithful men are being prepared for pastoral ministry.

23—Please lift up our brothers and sisters in Azerbaijan as they continue to face oppression from the government and other opponents. Please ask God to change the hearts of the authorities so the Gospel may be proclaimed freely.

24—Pray today for Bill and Stella Kapitaniuk, who both have a long history of faithful service as SGA missionaries. Ask the Lord for ongoing healing for Stella, who has had knee surgeries in the past couple of years.

25—Please remember the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn ministry in prayer. Especially pray for the children reached during this past Christmas’ Immanuel’s Child ministries, asking for a great spiritual harvest.

26—We are thankful to the Lord for Misha Zverev, who joined SGA’s ministry division last year. May the Lord grant him abundant blessing and many opportunities to share what God is doing across the CIS.

27—Join us in advance prayer for summer camp season across the CIS. Thousands of children, Lord willing, will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and of Christ’s great love. Ask for an abundance of resources to hold even more camps.

28—Pray for SGA’s advancement division, which is responsible for raising funds for our many ministries, and for public communication. May the Lord grant the wisdom and direction needed to compellingly share what God is doing through His people.

29—Reflection: With leap year, February has an extra day, and we conclude the month with the command of our Lord ... The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).

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