We have received more uplifting reports from Israel! SGA’s Senior Vice President of Ministry Operations, Eric Mock, shares more below from his visit to two different Russian-speaking churches while on a ministry trip in Israel. Please praise God with us as you see how He is working through each new congregation that is planted!
“This afternoon we visited Haifa Baptist Church. This is a small church plant led by a young man who SGA has invested in over time. Dima is a graduate of the Bachelors program at Almaty Bible Institute and the Biblical Counseling program at Israel College of the Bible (ICB). This small church has about 15 members, of which two ladies who recently came to faith were present there for fellowship afterwards.
“Please note that this church is one of five churches that are a newly developing fellowship of like-minded churches. Oleg and I have been working to both plant churches and form a fellowship of churches that would become the feeder churches for the training program at ICB, and then also helping to send graduates of ICB out as missionary pastors. This next year Oleg starts the first BA program at ICB in Russian, and believers from these churches are already signing up!
“And then after that, we visited Haifa Bible Church. This church is not connected to SGA, although Pastor Maxim is considering the BA program at ICB. His wife was a teenager when Alexei K. became pastor of the church in Battle Ground, Washington. He is now the pastor of this church that was planted just four years ago and already has 60 people. We hope in time he, too, will be part of the fellowship of like-minded churches. The place where they worship, the drug rehab center and a hostel are part of a beautiful set of very old buildings.”