SGA Prayer and Praise Items
5—Officials are alarmed at the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russia. Pray for the protection of our brothers and sisters as they travel for evangelism.
6—SGA’s VP of Ministry Operations Eric Mock is visiting the SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary this month. May God make Eric a blessing and encouragement during his time there.
7—Pray for Inna Smirnov, wife of Pastor Alexei Smirnov, the president of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB). We recently received word that Inna is battling a serious illness.
8—Please pray ahead for SGA-sponsored Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreaches across the CIS—held the week of January 7. Ask the Lord to draw thousands of children to Himself.
9—Pray for SGA’s Moscow Regional Ministry Center (RMC) staff, led by Valery Kazakov. Ask the Lord to increase their provision for ministry, and for His blessing on their families.
10—Regional pastors throughout Russia carry out a vitally important ministry—encouraging fellow pastors and assisting as new congregations are planted. May the Lord bless and encourage their hearts.
11—Lift up the SGA-sponsored Irpen Biblical Seminary, its faculty and students. Pray for resources to keep Irpen operating at full capacity and effectiveness.
12—Remember Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian UECB, in prayer. May God grant him wisdom in his many ministry responsibilities.
13—This past Easter, 10,000 people gathered in Rivne’s public square to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Praise God for the freedom that exists today to evangelize in Ukraine!
14—Pray for Dr. Sergei Omelchenko, our senior Russian-language book editor. We are thankful for Sergei’s giftedness to help our mission provide new, biblically sound Christian literature.
15—Lift the staff of SGA’s Kiev RMC in prayer. We thank the Lord for director Sergei Gladishko and his dedicated, committed team.
16—SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Alexander Chernyak ministers to prisoners and addicts in Ukraine’s Volyn region. Pray that many will respond to the Gospel and be set free from lives of sin.
17—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors evangelizing in Russia’s Caucasus region where Islam is strong. Ask God to protect them, and to grant them a fruitful spiritual harvest.
18—This past summer in Central Asia, authorities raided two church children’s camps, frightening the children and in one case heavily fining 15 church workers. Pray that God will take away the children’s fear, and thwart the enemy’s attempts to silence the Gospel.
19—Please continue to pray for SGA-sponsored Bible training in Israel. Ask for God’s blessing as we serve growing Russian-speaking congregations in the Holy Land.
20—We’ve been receiving some wonderful student testimonies from the SGA-sponsored Almaty Bible Institute in Kazakhstan. The training God is providing helps them to have much more effective, fruitful ministries.
21—In regions where Islam is predominant, the intensity of persecution varies, but believers are undaunted in sharing God’s love. Lift them in prayer today.
22—As the Central Asian republics balance relations with the West and Russia, pray that political tensions will fade so that Gospel efforts would not be adversely affected.
23—In Russia’s Caucasus region, ministry for evangelical churches can hold great risk. Intercede in prayer for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors and churches in these regions.
24—Pray for director Piotr Podrez and the staff of SGA’s Minsk RMC. This is a very busy time for all of our Regional Ministry Centers as they help participating churches prepare for Immanuel’s Child children’s outreaches.
25—Western Christmas Day: ... there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). Join us in giving praise and thanksgiving for the greatest gift of all—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May many be drawn to Him in saving faith as the Gospel is proclaimed around the world.
26—Intercede in prayer today for SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Sergei Gormash, who serves in the Bobruisk region. Pray especially for his ongoing, fruitful children’s ministries at this most important time of year for evangelism.
27—Pray for the faculty and students of the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary. Although Belarus is very difficult for evangelical church ministry, we praise and thank God that we are able to support effective Bible training for the new pastors who will lead growing new churches.
28—Please remember SGA’s international offices in prayer—Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia. May the Lord provide abundant resources for their shared mission of serving evangelical churches and equipping them for fruitful outreach.
29—Pray for our mission’s Loves Park headquarters staff today. So many of our staff have had serious health issues either personally or in their families. We are deeply thankful to God to know that our partners are praying for us!
30—We praise God for the ministry of SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Vasily Kozorezov in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region. Vasily has been having fruitful ministry among people involved in false religions. Please ask for God’s continued blessing and anointing.
31—Reflection: We conclude December and 2013 with praise and thanksgiving ... Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:6-7).