I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy
in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the Gospel
from the first day until now (Philippians 1:3-5).
Warmest New Year’s greetings in Christ! Once again, I want to express my deepest appreciation for all your sacrificial and generous support throughout the wonderful Christmas season. By God’s grace, through your faithfulness, we are entering the new year with great expectations to see our Heavenly Father bless all SGA ministries in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, in the Central Asian nations, in the Caucasus countries, and in Israel.
On January 6 and 7, your support and prayers helped more than 300 churches in 11 countries hold Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreaches to unchurched children and their families. As soon as we have the actual reports, we will advise exactly how many were reached, how many received Christ, how many have begun attending Sunday school, and how many of their parents have begun attending church. Every year, this is SGA’s most fruitful evangelistic ministry. Your support makes it all possible, and our Lord answers your prayers to bring all the blessings.
As I write these words, I am preparing to depart for Far East Russia, where as I write the temperature is –1 degree Fahrenheit. We are holding a major pastors conference in Khabarovsk to launch the exciting new Reach Russia Now initiative that you and our other partners are making possible. Pastors will come from all nine oblasts (states) of Far East Russia.
Goals will be developed for training evangelists and church planters, for developing the aviation arm to take the Gospel to isolated villages, for sending missionary pastors to unreached communities, for developing Orphans Reborn ministries in 334 orphanages, and for establishing an SGA Regional Ministry Center in Khabarovsk. Across Russia the authorities are closing the door . . . we don’t have much time to take the Gospel to the 6.3 million souls of Far East Russia!
In the meantime, please remember all of SGA in your prayers, and please encourage your church family to also become prayer partners with SGA. When you have special needs for prayer, please let us know. Every workday morning, our staff gathers to pray for all our partners and all our ministries. SGA founder Peter Deyneka often said, Much prayer, much power, little prayer, little power, no prayer, no power.
Even as Christmas activities came to an end last season, a church in Russia's Irkutsk Region was already planning for this next year.
Immanuel’s Child brings together churches in North America with churches in the former CIS with the goal of seeing many come to saving faith.
Your donation will help change lives in former Soviet Union countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.