This past January, Slavic Gospel Association observed its 84th year of ministry—a tremendous milestone of thankful, fruitful service to Christ and for the sake of the Gospel. If you were a filmmaker and tried to put together a montage of monumental events and scenes in our mission’s history, where would you begin?
There were the difficult days of the Great Depression in the 1930s, where God declared His power and provided for the needs of the ministry as it got off the ground. Continue on into the 1940s, when SGA began broadcasting Gospel radio programs in the Russian language into the Soviet Union—a nation held captive in the grip of atheistic communism. Imagine the whirlwind days of 1989-1991, when the Berlin Wall came down and the communists’ rule came to an end across the entire Eastern Bloc. Then, reflect on the years since then, when your prayers and generous support have helped the faithful evangelical churches to proclaim the Gospel to their people like never before. It really is quite a story of God’s grace! And in all of this, from 1934 until now, the intent of our mission has never changed . . . Sharing the Gospel, Equipping the Church, and Helping the Forgotten.
In the book of Acts, the story is told of how Barnabas and the Apostle Paul traveled along on their way to Jerusalem . . . Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren. When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them (Acts 15:3-4).
I am so thankful to the Lord for what He has done through our partnership, and for the opportunity to report back to you what God has done. The stories contained in this Good News Report (indeed, in every issue) are only a tiny fraction of the testimonies that could be shared. Yet we are blessed to be able to share it. Thank you again, and please do keep praying. There is much work yet to do!