I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all. . .
When you receive this, our faithful Russian-speaking partners in the Gospel will still be celebrating Easter. They cling to the celebration of its great significance until they celebrate the ascension of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after His Resurrection.
These are also very important days at Slavic Gospel Association. SGA founder Peter Deyneka traveled the globe holding massive all night prayer meetings asking God to bring down the Berlin Wall, while claiming God’s promise in Jeremiah 33:3 that He would answer with great and mighty things, which you do not know. In God’s providence, I was in Kiev with the Baptist theological leader of the Soviet Union, Pastor Yakov Kuzmich Dukhonchenko, when God so gloriously answered the prayers of countless millions of Christians.
Duke, as he was affectionately called, expressed grave concern that the soon coming freedom would bring a flood of false teachers to destroy the churches that had paid a terribly high price for their faith. I responded with, “Brother Yakov Kuzmich, if our Lord allows me to serve in your country my highest priority will be to help you maintain a doctrinal fence around your faithful churches.”
Our Lord brought me to serve at SGA in 1994. Since then you have faithfully prayed and generously supported the biblical training of some 10,000 Russian-speaking servants of Christ to guard the treasure of God’s Word, including several hundred believing Russian-Jewish brothers and sisters in Christ in Israel.
By now you should have learned that our Lord has once again wonderfully answered our prayers. He has brought Michael Johnson back to SGA to serve as president, and to lead and sustain our emphasis of sound doctrine to protect the churches, and help them continue to advance the Gospel of Christ across their eleven time zones and even in Israel.
I first met Michael in New York in 1997 when as a business executive he was also teaching an adult Bible fellowship class in an excellent church. I brought him and his wife, Erin, to visit SGA. I asked him to join our team to find new partners to help us reach more Russian-speaking people for Christ. For the next six years, I mentored Michael and he helped us develop the Orphans Reborn and Immanuel’s Child ministries, while also attracting many new partners.
Now it will be my great joy to continue as President Emeritus and serve as advisor to Michael as he leads SGA forward for the glory of Christ. Please pray for our Lord to powerfully bless Michael and Erin and give him a strong start in leading SGA forward.
Once again my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. May our Lord continue to richly bless you and SGA, as we strive together for His Kingdom.
Editor’s Note: The report and image below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine. In excerpts from SGA-supported Pastor Andrei’s recent report, see how God is at work
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