Editor’s Note: The images below were provided by an SGA-supported pastor in Ukraine.
Here is a beautiful report from a group of SGA-supported churches in a region under non-stop attacks in the Ukraine war. May God show mercy and kindness to them in the midst of this overwhelming pain and evil . . .
The Lord has placed us in a fiery furnace, but He is near and this gives rest to our hearts.
Today we can show Christ in word and in deed. Today the church has a special mission of helping those in need and bringing them hope in the Lord. The churches of the [Ukrainian] region are going through a difficult time today. [Four Ukrainian towns] are occupied, and we lost connection with some brothers and sisters due to hostilities. The churches of [one Ukrainian city] are actively involved in serving people. [Two churches] provided their basements as a bomb shelter for hundreds of people. Every day the volunteers from our churches deliver food, medicines to homebound people; they provide for people in the Metro stations; they evacuate people to the railway station and then to other safe regions of Ukraine.
By God’s grace, we receive opportunities to preach the Gospel and pray for the soldiers and police at the checkpoints, to witness and pray for those who stand in line for food and to give them the New Testament. Often we have to continue ministry during shelling, but the Lord protects! Today for us believers is the season of active sowing of God’s Word and the manifestation of the power of God. We already can see fruits of people’s conversion to faith in Jesus Christ.
A few weeks ago, [one Ukrainian church] was fired upon by the GRAD rockets. At that moment, there were people on the porch of the church. One shell hit very close, producing a large cloud of burning sulfur in the air, but it did not explode. Surrounding buildings were on fire, but the prayer house stayed undamaged! After the shelling, fragments from broken shells were collected in the courtyard of the church, but either people or vehicles were not injured. Our Lord is great!
Accept our gratitude for the funds that were allocated for the ministry of our [regional churches] on purchase of medicines, foodstuffs, and fuel. The church also provides targeted financial assistance.
In a time of great fear and uncertainty, God is bringing help, healing, and hope to the people of Ukraine through SGA-supported pastors, churches, a seminary, and SGA-sponsored Compassion Ministry. Be a part of God’s incredible work with your generosity and prayer support.
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Pastor Oleg's church reached more than 250 people through SGA-supported Compassion Ministry, and some have started attending church services!
The Lord continued to sustain SGA-supported Bible training, not just in heavily damaged Ukraine, but also in other former Soviet countries.
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