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SGA Prayer and Praise Items

DECEMBER 2016

9—Please continue to ask the Lord for the resources needed for aviation ministry in Russia’s Far East. So many remote towns and villages are unreached because they are only accessible by air. Pray for missionary Mikhail Tsvirenko as he and Irina prepare for their move to Khabaroivsk, Russia.

10—Pray today for Kiev RMC director Ruslan Muratayev and his staff as they joyfully serve Bible-preaching churches in Ukraine. Ask for wisdom as they assist churches in the war-torn eastern zones of the country.

11—Since the Ukraine/Russia conflict broke out, we have been deeply concerned about the impact on the Gospel mission of the churches due to political issues. Pray that God will restrain the enemy from sowing problems and hindering evangelism.

12—We are thankful for the ministry of Sergei Omelchenko, in-country assistant to SGA president Bob Provost and our chief Russian-language book editor. May the Lord bless Sergei in his labors for the sake of the Gospel.

13—Pray for the SGA-sponsored seminaries in Ukraine — Odessa Theological Seminary and Irpen Biblical Seminary. We praise God for the powerful impact these schools are having for the Kingdom!

14—Lift up the pastors carrying out food distributions through both Compassion Ministry as well as SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund. Pray that many doors will be opened for sharing Christ with needy families.

15—Join us in thankful prayer for the ministry of SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Vladimir Mikhailov. Vladimir is busily sharing the Gospel in several villages, leading Bible studies and camp ministries during the summer. Ask for God’s abundant blessing.

16—Pray today for Piotr and Dima Podrez, and the rest of Minsk RMC staff. Dima is involved in dynamic youth ministry through Golgotha Baptist Church and is impacting many young people.

17—Intercede for the faculty and students of the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary, especially president Leonid Mikhovich. Ask for God’s abundant blessing and provision to keep this key Bible school at full capacity.

18—Missionary pastors across Belarus are busily preparing for Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreaches, as are churches across the CIS. Please lift these outreaches in prayer as January 7 draws closer, asking that many children will be drawn to the Lord.

19—Belarus’ government continues to hold tight restrictions on evangelical churches and their ministries—yet the Lord continues to build His church and the Gospel advances. We praise God for His faithfulness and for His sure Word.

20—Pray for SGA missionary pastor Alexander K. in the Gomel region. Despite financial challenges, he and his wife Galina persevere reaching their region with the Gospel and blessing the families they visit.

21—Pray today for Pastor Franz Tissen, president of the Kazakh Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists. May God continue to direct Franz’s steps as he leads the church in Central Asia’s largest republic.

22—Believers in Uzbekistan face ongoing oppression and persecution, and the death this year of the country’s long time president has raised many questions for the future. Pray for God’s continued blessing, encouragement, and protection.

23—Although Tajikistan’s government banned Christian ministry to children, the faithful churches choose to obey God rather than men. Pray for God’s protection and for the steady advance of the Gospel to the lost

24—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors as they discreetly visit the Muslim-dominated Caucasus region of Chechnya and other locations. The Word of God is having great impact as it is faithfully preached and shared one-on-one.

25—Christmas Day (Western): For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). We praise God with thanksgiving for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As the nations celebrate His birth, may many more come to saving faith as they hear the Gospel!

26—Pray for Bret Laird, executive assistant to our president. He makes many visits to the CIS to represent our president, encourage our training ministries, and to gather information for our partners as to the advance of the Gospel. We thank the Lord for his service to Christ through our mission.

27—Pray for SGA senior missionary Ruth Deyneka Erdel. With her new Russian-language book for women, My Father’s House, in publication, we praise God in advance for the many who will read Ruth’s story of encouragement and challenge.

28—Please pray for the staff of SGA’s Loves Park, Illinois, headquarters today. Although many do not know the individual names of our staff, each plays an important role in serving the churches of the CIS for Christ.

29—Join us in thanking the Lord for the charitable foundations who help fund a portion of SGA’s ministries. Some are larger non-profits, while others are smaller family foundations—yet all play a key role in advancing the Gospel in the CIS.

30—Pray for the boards of directors of each of SGA’s international offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. We are thankful to God for these dedicated men serving Christ through our mission.

31—Reflection: We conclude December and 2016 with the Apostle Peter’s fervent prayer ... 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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