SGA Prayer and Praise Items
1—Reflection: We begin October reflecting on our adoption in Christ ... Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6).
2—Intercede for SGA president Bob Provost who will be traveling to several locations this month. Pray for wisdom and discernment as he continues to lead SGA in accomplishing the mission of Christ in taking the Gospel to the nations.
3—As pressure on the church grows in many of the nations where SGA serves, please pray for wisdom in how we can protect their security, yet report on the great things God is doing through their faithful witness.
4—Pray for participating churches across North America this month as they begin gathering resources for the SGA-sponsored Immanuel’s Child ministry. Ask for God’s abundance, so that thousands more children will have the chance to hear the Gospel this Christmas.
5—Pray for the director of SGA/Canada, Dr. Allan Vincent, as he and his staff work diligently to share with their faithful Canadian partners how God has been at work in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
6—Pray for the staff at SGA’s Kiev Regional Ministry Center (RMC). Several staff members are dealing with the health issues of family members.
7—Intercede today for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors who serve amid danger in eastern Ukraine where conflict has been violent. Pray for their safety, as well as for open Gospel doors.
8—Lift up SGA missionary pastor Vladimir Mikhailov, particularly in his ministry to orphans. Pray for effective outreach and meaningful relationships, particularly with those who don’t know the Lord.
9—Now that Ukraine has a new elected president in Petro Poroshenko, pray for him and for peace to return to the country after months of violent unrest. Pray for the churches as they proclaim peace and reconciliation in Christ.
10— Pray for Pastor Valery Antonyuk, the new president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB). Pray for Pastor Antonyuk and his leadership team as they encourage and strengthen the churches that they serve.
11—Pray for missionary pastor Valery Akelkin, who serves in Russia’s Altai region. Valery is asking for prayer for a rehab ministry for the homeless, family clubs for children, and a leadership team in his church.
12—Pray that the authorities—both local and national—will be more open to the Youth IN Ministry program in Russia, and allow the young people to minister without hindrance. The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations (Mark 13:10).
13—Intercede for the staff of SGA’s Moscow RMC, led by Valery Kazakov. Though the staff is small in number, their impact is great as they serve 150 missionary pastors who are spread all throughout Russia.
14—Intercede for Pastor Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian UECB. Pray for wisdom as he and his team serve over 1,750 evangelical churches across nine time zones—and new churches are being planted continuously.
15—Pray for the Lord’s provision for the SGA-sponsored Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary in their important work of training ministers for Gospel outreach. Pray for God’s provision in adding a dormitory for students and their families.
16—Pray for the SGA-sponsored Minsk Theological Seminary as they continue to develop new curriculum for their students. Please also pray for a teacher who is having significant health struggles.
17—Pray for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors as they visit needy families with food parcels and Christian literature. Pray for open hearts as these families hear the Gospel.
18—Remember missionary pastor Alexander P. in prayer as his House of Prayer is in need of protection. The rate of criminal activity in his region has worsened.
19—Pray for SGA’s Minsk RMC, led by Piotr Podrez. Pray for protection and provision as they minister in tough economic times. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20).
20—Lift up Dr. Viktor Krutko, president of the Belarussian UECB, in your prayers today. The churches Dr. Krutko and his team serve have been emphasizing the planting of new churches and the training of pastors this year.
21—Pray for Israel College of the Bible courses and Bible classes being taught for three congregations and two drug rehab centers—requiring many hours of diligent work for the teachers and students. In the spirit of Ezra, they labor to study God’s Word . . . to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10).
22—Pray for a church in Tajikistan forcibly closed by authorities because of registration issues. The church has no other place for services, and many congregations in Central Asia face similar battles.
23—Pray for Antioch Initiative classes to help prepare more men for ministry in the country of Georgia. Many congregations are made up of younger believers, and they need solid, biblically-trained leaders to help their congregations grow.
24—Pray also for Antioch Initiative training in Azerbaijan and lift up churches there who need legal help when the rights of believers are being violated by the authorities. Pray for justice for these churches during such difficult times for ministry.
25—Intercede for SGA-sponsored missionary pastors in Turkmenistan as they develop their ministries to children and youth. Turkmenistan is among the most restrictive countries for evangelical churches in Central Asia.
26—Praise God for the students enrolled in children’s and youth ministry programs in the CIS. May they grow in love for God’s precious Word.
27—Lift up churches in the Caucasus Mountain regions of Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Opposition in these areas can make ministry quite dangerous.
28—Pray for SGA’s international offices—Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Pray for collective efforts on projects that overlap in our ministries.
29—Keenan Beere serves in our Ministry Division, and oversees SGA-sponsored Bible training ministries overseas, plus the Youth IN Ministry program. Please lift him in prayer today.
30—We praise God for SGA’s senior missionaries—Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Rose Leonovich, Andrew Semenchuk, and Florence Daneliuk. Pray for encouragement and renewed strength as they faithfully serve our Lord.
31—Reflection: As we end the month, consider on how we demonstrate our love for others ... By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments (1 John 5:2).