It is hard to come to grips that a new year is upon us already. The past few years have truly been like a whirlwind—from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts throughout the world to the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, continued flareups of violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia, political turmoil here in the U.S. and around the world—the list goes on and on.
Through it all, there have been three constants.
First, our sovereign, omniscient, and omnipotent God and Father continues His work doing what only He can—drawing men, women, and children to Himself as they hear the Gospel proclaimed. Second, the faithful churches SGA serves across the former Soviet Union go on fulfilling the ministries to which God has called them no matter what might be happening in their midst. The proclamation of the Gospel is first and foremost in their hearts, and they joyfully take advantage of every opportunity to do so when the Lord opens the door. It is truly a joy to serve them. And third—the steadfast, faithful support that comes from you, our partners in ministry. The growth in the ministry that the Lord has enabled the past several years through you never ceases to amaze me. It is all the more amazing considering some of the global economic challenges that are out there, yet the Gospel work goes on.
In 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul makes a gripping statement in the face of personal hardships that he was facing. He said . . . Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my Gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the Word of God is not imprisoned (2 Timothy 2:8-9). That last part bears repeating—the Word of God is not imprisoned! Throughout biblical history, in all kinds of circumstances from war to famine, in plague and poverty, nothing imprisons or binds the Word of God from accomplishing His purpose. We are seeing that every day across Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and indeed around the world. God’s Word is not bound, and His glorious truth is being proclaimed no matter what difficulties or obstacles fallen man throws in the way. It is so exciting to be allowed to be a part of it all together with you. As always, I can’t thank you enough for the vital part you play.
May God do even greater things for His glory in the days ahead.
For our Savior,