Serving together in Far East Russia
Across the world there are five International SGA offices. Four of these (USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) together focus their ministries in Russia and other CIS countries. We in SGA(UK) have always focused on the former satellite communist countries of Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
At the 2016 SGA International SGA Directors' Conference in Sacramento, a partnership strategy was presented to promote Gospel advance and evangelism in the barren and spiritually dark communities of Far East Russia. This new venture excited both Council and staff of SGA(UK), and after prayer and discussion our partnership and ministry began. In 2018 we commenced support of 3 missionary pastors. This increased through our 70th Anniversary Project, so that we now help to finance 11 missionary families, with others being considered for support.
SGA(UK) provided funds for the Covid-19 relief effort among believers and non-believers in Far East Russia. Some pastors and wives, and other church members travelled for weeks at a time distributing aid and sharing the Gospel with those in great need.
There is a marked urgency about SGA’s united initiative. Over six million people live in this region. Many live in isolated villages with no road access, no electricity, telephone or internet connections, and no church buildings. This is ‘a frontline ministry’! The acute spiritual needs of the region demand a united effort while the doors still remain open for missionary activity.