If there was one drawback to receiving all the wonderful reports that we do from faithful SGA-sponsored missionary pastors across the CIS, it would be this—we don’t have enough room in the Good News Report to share them all! So, we try to fit in as many as we can, while also keeping you up to date on the other ministries you generously support. This month is no exception.
The regions where they serve and the circumstances in which they serve are so varied. Some are in regions where opposition to evangelical churches is intense, and they have to conduct their ministries very discreetly. Others are in regions where there is more freedom and great openness to the Gospel. No matter where they are, their commitment to Christ is steadfast and their zeal to win the lost is keen. Many of them can identify with the words of the Apostle Paul: “I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:27-28).
When they are able to see the fruit of their labors realized and someone comes to faith in Christ, they greatly rejoice and so do we!
This issue of our newsletter contains several reports from our missionary pastors and church workers. I pray that you will be just as blessed and encouraged as I have been to see the fruit of our shared ministry. Please remember them in prayer each day as the Lord brings them to mind. Their challenges are many and the work is not complete. Multitudes in the nations of the former USSR have yet to hear the Gospel. Thank you for your part in helping to send out these faithful workers to God’s harvest field!
For our Savior,