For in You the fatherless find compassion (Hosea 14:3).
I hope this issue of Good News Report will be as much of a blessing to you as it is to me. SGA-sponsored children’s ministries such as Orphans Reborn and Immanuel’s Child carry a special place in my heart. God gave me the privilege of being involved in their inception, and what an encouragement it was to me on my return to SGA as president in 2017 to see these vital ministries bearing great spiritual fruit and growing!
The past year has been so full of challenges for the Bible-preaching churches we serve and the needy families and orphans they have been reaching. It was about this time last year that news of the novel coronavirus began capturing our attention, and in only a few weeks, the lockdowns and quarantines began. This impacted nearly every ministry, and ours was no exception. But God’s faithfulness was on full display. The pandemic, while horrible, also opened the widest door for the Gospel since the fall of communism. Ministry continued to go forward as we launched Christ Over COVID, touching lives that included orphans—many now spread out, including sent back to struggling families. The churches we serve adapted how they do things, and thousands of children were still reached with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ—even if that meant going house to house! Lives continued to be changed, and if anything, the Lord used this heart-rending pandemic to awaken many to their need for Him.
I cannot overstate how vitally important you have been in all of this. Your ongoing prayers, encouragement, and generous support have made an eternal impact. Throughout SGA’s 87-year history, our partners have stood by us and—with God’s faithful provision—sustained us and made all of our ministry outreaches possible through the years. We are now beginning the second month of the new year as I write this, and I look forward with great anticipation to what God will do in the days ahead. How glorious it is to be able to serve together with you in the cause of the Gospel, and to see countless men, women, and children come to saving faith across the former Soviet Union. Thank you so much!
For our Savior,