As summer ended and fall began, students enrolled at SGA-sponsored seminaries and Bible institutes across Russia and her neighboring countries returned to their studies. I should say “formal studies” because these students study God’s Word continually in or out of the classroom. The vast majority are also involved in ministry while they study, either at a main campus or satellite learning center. In the summer, these students have practicum assignments along with fruitful ministry in their home churches.
I have personally interviewed and gotten to know many of the students. I’ve heard the passion of the young men intent on serving as pastors, as well as that of the young women who keenly desire to teach children or to disciple other women in Christ. Some students are musically inclined and want to lead worship.
Many of them come from non-Christian backgrounds and have made great personal sacrifices to be able to study God’s Word and prepare for ministry. Some have been ostracized by non-believing family members who try to pressure them out of serving Christ. I truly count it a blessing and a privilege to be able to encourage them, and to share their stories with you—our faithful partners who help make their studies possible.
You are helping to get them ready to disciple men, women, and children, sowing the seeds of the life-changing Gospel as God opens the doors. Bible training helps set the foundation for all else that happens in the ministries of the churches we serve. It’s vitally important, and I am deeply thankful to God for the part He allows SGA’s faithful giving partners to play. We praise God for every gift!
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