Around that same time  former SGA Director William Smylie visited Kazakhstan where he met the new pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Odessa, Igor Bandura. Igor shared with William the moving story of finding two young children living in an abandoned car near the church, and the church’s step of faith in commencing a Children’s Shelter ministry. The response to this report back home was immediate and generous. Financial help was forwarded, a further step in SGA’s involvement in the cause of the Gospel in Ukraine.
What began as a fairly small and specific helping hand began to grow and develop. In Odessa the Children’s Shelter project was followed by SGA’s substantial support of a Transition House for orphans who had outgrown the shelter. Hand-in-hand with this, aid was given for the support of widows, for Christian workers in needy situations, and more recently increased involvement in the training of Christian leaders. Several Mission Schools have been successfully completed, and SGA staff have a continuing input to the training of church planters through a specially designed course of study organized in Irpen at the BU headquarters.