For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land’ (Deuteronomy 15:11).
This month, we at SGA are celebrating our 90th year of ministry! Over the next 12 months, we’ll be sharing on that subject periodically in the Good News Report. Seeing what the Lord has done for His glory and for the sake of the Gospel across those 90 years has been truly humbling, and amazing. And this special anniversary comes amid truly troubling times in our fallen world. But lifting Christ’s name high in a fallen world is exactly what He calls us to do.
Even in the best of times in this fallen world, there are always those individuals and families who have very little when compared to most others. This applies to the wealthiest nations as well as to nations where economic conditions are sparse. Worse still are the lives of those within a war zone. They might have even been reasonably well off at one point, but with the destruction of war came the end of their prosperity. They may have lost their businesses and their homes in the course of bombardment. If the population of a given area has been decimated or has been evacuated, there isn’t anyone there to buy anything from the business in question. The effects trickle down to almost all of society.
We see this daily in the war zones of Ukraine, where fighting has been ongoing for nearly two years—and at least nine years for eastern Ukraine. We see it now in the nation of Israel, which has been on a war footing since the horrible attack by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023. So many lives have been shattered, and the wearied people are looking for some kind of hope. And that is what the faithful Bible-teaching churches SGA serves have been providing. Not just some kind of hope, but the real, only hope there is—the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the daily email prayer guides we have been sending out to those who have subscribed, and in the Good News Report, we have shared many of the stories that have come in from the front lines. The stories are often heartbreaking, but also are great testimonies of the power of God to reach and heal broken lives. He is opening many doors for the Gospel that were not open before. Hearts and minds that were closed to the truth of God’s Word have been jarred open by the tragedy, with men, women, and children realizing that they can only be truly and eternally secure by turning to the Lord in faith and repentance. For that, we rejoice.
Only the Lord knows how long these conflicts will go on. But the work of His church must continue on, in both war and peace. With your ongoing prayers and support, we will keep equipping faithful churches with the resources they need for effective ministry—for the glory of Christ and in His name. We are, as always, so deeply thankful for all that you do in support of SGA’s ministries!
For our Savior,