SGA Prayer and Praise Items
4—Pray for SGA president Dr. Bob Provost and our leadership team. May the Lord grant them abundant wisdom in setting priorities in the last quarter of the year.
5—Pray for senior SGA missionaries Bill and Stella Kapitaniuk, who now make their home in Canada and minister as the Lord grants opportunity. Pray also for Stella’s continued recovery from knee surgery.
6—As Ukraine has continued to struggle with political and armed conflict, many young people are wrestling with questions as to what the future holds for them. Pray for evangelical youth pastors and workers as they labor to point young men and women to hope in Christ.
7—Please regularly intercede in prayer for the staff of SGA’s Kiev Regional Ministry Center (RMC). Director Ruslan Muratayev and his team are busy helping churches respond to the needs of churches and refugees through our Crisis Evangelism Fund.
8—Remember Ukrainian evangelical leader Valery Antonyuk in prayer today. We are thankful to the Lord for Valery’s commitment to sound doctrine, and the advance of the life-changing Gospel in Ukraine and other CIS nations.
9—With the fall term of study underway, pray for students at the SGA-sponsored Irpen Biblical Seminary and Odessa Theological Seminary. May the Lord encourage their hearts and ground each student firmly in His inerrant Word.
10—In Ukraine’s east where the separatist conflict has raged, pray for the safety of SGA-sponsored missionary pastors and church leaders who travel to distribute crisis aid, and to evangelize. The opposition to their ministry can be very dangerous.
11—Join us in praising and thanking the Lord for the faithful teams ministering through the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn ministry. May the Lord draw thousands more children to Himself as they hear the Gospel.
12—Intercede for the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov. Russia’s territory is so vast, and the ministry needs are so many. Ask the Lord to encourage their hearts and grant them many open doors for outreach.
13—The SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary is excited about new distance learning opportunities for students. Pray for God’s ongoing wisdom as plans develop.
14—Lift Russian evangelical leader Alexei Smirnov in prayer. May God enable him to encourage and strengthen pastors across Russia’s 11 time zones.
15—Pray today for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Andrei Vasyutkin, who labors in Russia’s Samara region. Andrei and his church team frequently visit outlying villages to evangelize and encourage the small churches in his area.
16—We are thankful for the impact of SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry in Belarus. Numerous poverty-stricken families are being provided with parcels of food and Russian-language Christian literature. Ask God to open many hearts for the Gospel.
17—SGA partners sponsor more than 50 missionary pastors and churches across Belarus. Pray for the resources needed to send even more out to preach the Gospel and plant new churches.
18—Lift up Piotr Podrez and the staff of SGA’s Minsk RMC in prayer today. Belarus is a small country in size, but the physical and spiritual needs of the people are deep and profound.
19—Nina, wife of SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Gennady L. in Belarus, was diagnosed this year with breast cancer. Please lift her in prayer, asking the Lord for full recovery. Many other missionary families have physical needs as well.
20—Intercede for Pastor Leonid Mihovich, president of the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary. Pray also for the dedicated faculty as they instruct future pastors and church leaders in the Word of God.
21—The Muslim-dominated nations of Central Asia are no longer communist, but the oppression of Christian believers can be just as severe. Please pray for our brothers and sisters who are living as lights for Christ amid great spiritual darkness.
22—We are thankful for the opportunity to support Bible institutes and other training opportunities in Central Asian nations such as Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. May the Lord grant wisdom and resources for additional opportunities.
23—SGA president Bob Provost was recently in Israel discussing ongoing training opportunities for Russian-speaking congregations. Ask for God’s ongoing wisdom, direction, and provision.
24—Pray for the faculty and students of the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan. We are thankful for director Alexander Karyakov and his dedication to sound biblical teaching.
25—It is a challenge to balance the need for security of our missionary pastors in Central Asia and sharing what God is doing through their ministries. Pray for wisdom, and for the protection of the missionaries and their families.
26—Please continue to pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Dr. Levan, whose ministry in Georgia includes a free medical clinic. Levan himself has had health challenges in recent years.
27—In Azerbaijan, evangelical church leaders have been arrested and even imprisoned for carrying on their ministries. Please lift them in prayer today, and ask God to change the hearts of the governing authorities.
28—Please pray today for Paul Fuller and Rod Dyson, who serve in SGA’s mailroom and warehouse. We are thankful to the Lord for their faithful service in a vitally important area.
29—Pray for SGA’s international offices in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Ask the Lord to grant them an abundance of ministry resources.
30—Intercede in prayer for Dr. Piotr Konovalchik, evangelical church leader. Dr. Konovalchik has been receiving cancer treatment in the U.S. recently. Pray with us for complete recovery.
31—Reflection: We close October with praise of our glorious God and Father ... My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God (Psalm 84:2).