In Colossians 3, we as believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus are exhorted to “put on a heart of compassion.” In so doing, we are following the example set by the Lord during His earthly ministry—and indeed compassion is part of God’s holy character throughout Scripture. What a wonderful blessing it is to see how SGA-supported Compassion Ministry is making a difference in the lives of so many needy families across Russia and her neighboring countries! As needy men, women, and children have their urgent physical needs met and see the love of Christ modeled before them, they are drawn by the Lord to hear more about Him. And many are turning to Christ in saving faith as a result.
Compassion Ministry can take many forms. It is seen as missionary pastors supported through your prayers and gifts visit people in their homes bringing much-needed food, clothing, and other aid. It may be through church-based rehabilitation ministries that are reaching out to those whose lives have been ravaged by alcohol and drugs. Sometimes local churches are involved in crisis pregnancy centers, or even crisis ministry for women who are victims of domestic violence. No matter what form it takes, the life-changing Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is at the center—calling lost, troubled souls to repent and come to Him for rest.
Now that we are entering the winter season, we always see an uptick in the need for Compassion Ministry. I especially think of poverty-stricken regions like Yakutia, where winter temperatures can plunge well into the double digits below zero. Yet we have faithful, hardworking missionary pastors who make that forbidding region their home, spurred on by the love of Christ and knowing that people there need to hear of His love. Please continue to intercede in prayer for them and their families as they continue their loving, dedicated witness.
For our Savior,