We welcome your prayers on a continuing basis for SGA-supported churches and pastors who are facing urgent needs in the countries we serve. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).
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As you pray for specific requests submitted by SGA-supported pastors below, please pray for God’s provision, protection, and encouragement for these faithful servants and their congregations.
Please pray for perseverance and strength for an SGA-supported church that has not grown weary in doing good. “As soon as we arrived in this village, we were told that the church was helping with the food aid,” a woman named Olga says in her testimony that she shared with a deacon of the church. “Of course, we started coming to your church. After all, only the church is helping us now, no one else is interested in us. No one else needs us.” May God continue to shine the light of the Gospel through this congregation as they minister to Ukrainians in need.
We pray for Valentina, Max, Dmitri, and others who have heard the Gospel as a result of the outreach of Pastor Viacheslav and his church through emergency aid provided by generous friends like you. How grateful we are that these and other displaced Ukrainians who have suffered greatly are now hearing of the hope they have in Jesus Christ! Let’s ask the Lord to turn their hearts toward receiving Him.
Please pray for ministry to Ukrainian refugees who receive food and rest at an SGA-supported camp in Belarus. During this stop in their travels to other countries in search of new homes, suffering people are also hearing about Jesus to help them find rest for their souls. Let’s ask God to bless the seeds of the Gospel that have been sown in hurting hearts and to bring more people to Christ!
We offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the work He is doing in the lives of two displaced families. Both have received emergency help and Gospel hope from Pastor Mykola’s church in Ukraine. “God cares about our family and other refugees through hearts,” the Natalchenkos share. The Feytsers have also seen His hand in their lives. “There was gratitude that somewhere overseas there are people who think about us and sympathize with us,” the family says. “And gratitude that we are not forgotten, that God cares about us as refugees.”
Every Sunday, SGA-supported Pastor Olexander has 80 to 85 people who attend his church who still do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It’s likely that before the war started in Ukraine, Olexander did not see this many people coming to worship so they could know God and hear His Word. But today in this small congregation, there is a hunger and a thirst! Please pray that the seeds planted will take root in the hearts of those who are seeking. May they soon give their lives to Jesus and be ready to one day meet Him face to face.
Let’s lift up Pastor Olexander and the outreach of his church in Ukraine, as well as three daughter churches. In obedience and dedicated service to God, these believers are ministering to the elderly, the disabled, those who may not be able to leave their homes, and those who have no one left to help them. We ask God to continue to provide food packages and other humanitarian aid . . . and touch every hurting heart so that each will see the love of Christ and receive Him.
Natalia, Tetiana and Kateryna live in three different communities in Ukraine. But all three were touched by one SGA-supported church’s outreach to share the Gospel and provide tangible care during the war. “I can say that my attitude towards evangelical believers has changed since I met them,” Tetiana says. “I saw that they are people who not only talk, but also do good work unselfishly.” Please pray that these three women will come to a saving knowledge in Jesus Christ and for the continuing outreach by believers in their communities.
Rejoice with us to see how God has changed the life of Sergei, a displaced Ukrainian and father of five children. He moved to Pastor Fedir’s community and began attending his church after receiving humanitarian aid. “From the very beginning of the war, the Lord sent us caring people who supported us financially and morally,” Sergei says. “The Lord changed my attitude to some material values and once again showed me how great He is, a loving Shepherd, infinitely good. I realized this and now I teach it to my children that in any difficult circumstances God will not leave His children, will show them the light, give them peace and His comfort in their hearts.”
Glory to God! He has turned a young widow’s sorrow into joy, tears into a smile and suffering into a blessing. We praise Him for what He is doing through the life of Viktoria, She lost her husband, who was a devoted follower of Christ and a military psychologist, during the war in Ukraine. Today, because of Viktoria’s outreach, other widows are being encouraged in the Lord as she points them to Jesus as their only source of strength.
Please lift up an embattled region in Ukraine from which we recently received images of heartbreaking destruction. An SGA-supported pastor and members from his church travelled to this devastated community to share the Gospel and distribute food aid. We pray that the hurting people who seen their homes destroyed by war will take refuge in God until destruction passes by (Psalm 57:1-2).
War is now raging between Russia and Ukraine. In Ukraine, fathers, husbands, brothers, sons… all men must stay behind to defend their country. And the women, children, and elderly who can escape are fleeing with almost nothing! But getting stuck on roadsides, and with infrastructure damaged or over-used – and even dangerous shelling – they risk death. If they survive the harrowing journey to safety, they must then find shelter. But churches, civic centers, and homes are filling up quickly. Those who stay in Ukraine will surely suffer the most, and the impact on children will be unthinkable. Ukrainians need our urgent, intercessory prayers, and our physical help.