The UK branch was launched in 1950, sixteen years after the Mission was founded in the USA by a Russian immigrant, Peter Deyneka.
As a teenager Peter was moved as he heard fellow-Russians preaching the Gospel in the open air in Chicago. He began to attend Moody Church and, through the preaching of Pastor Paul Rader, was brought to know Christ as his Saviour.
He was gripped by the desire to share his faith with his fellow-countrymen and this led him to undertake the first of many transatlantic journeys back to Russia, to preach the Gospel.
On 27 July 1950, in the Bonnington Hotel, London, Peter met with a group of spiritually motivated and committed Christian businessmen, and SGA[UK] was established.
Peter’s daughter, Ruth, was present as an observer. She now fondly recalls the event with great affection. Please watch the brief video.