Mission representatives began to make difficult visits through the ‘Iron Curtain’ to countries from which these people had fled, and where the Communist authorities were attempting to stamp out all religious belief. By the 1970s these journeys were part of a planned schedule. Again, humanitarian aid along with Bibles and Christian literature were provided.
Workers stopped to pray for God’s protection before every border crossing. The visits were treasured by believers there. Fellowship with SGA staff members was precious beyond words.
The churches pleaded specifically for the training of leaders, and SGA’s Biblical Leadership Training programme, now operating in eight countries across E. Europe and C. Asia, developed from small, secret teaching sessions in Romania. When freedom came the training was intensified and other countries requested the Mission’s training programme.
Today, although some subtle opposition persists in a few countries, SGA ‘Mission Schools’ fulfil a crucial role in preparing men and women for a wide variety of ministries.