The aim of SGA is to train and equip national Christians to reach new communities, plant new churches, and see new converts won for Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
For this to happen in the economically deprived areas of Eastern Europe, it became clear that SGA’s commitment had to include financial support of church planters, pastors and other Christian workers for a period of time. This has been done by developing relationships with a network of churches and individuals in the UK & Ireland who undertake to sponsor these dedicated servants of God. This is a partnership the Lord has been blessing in remarkable ways.
Partnership in practice
One example of a successful partnership is the relationship that exists with David Chidesa in Ukraine. David is a gifted evangelist and pioneer who has plans to plant an extensive network of new churches in areas where there is no evangelical witness. David has already planted 3 new churches but has a vision to plant a total of 19 in these needy areas.
SGA has entered into partnership with David in practical ways. We have provided funds to complete a church building and a vehicle to get to the distant locations associated with his important ministry. In addition we have organized relationships with a number of churches and individuals who are committed to pray for David and support him financially in his ministry. Through good times and bad this partnership has been a source of strength and encouragement for David. This is leadership support in action and with the Lord’s blessing SGA desires to help more men in the same type of ministry.
Waiting for sponsorship
Currently there are more than 30 men for whom SGA would like committed support by churches or individuals. There are a number of other men who are only part sponsored. Can you help? We have included the details of 3 of these men as examples you could support by your partnership.
Nikolai Malai - Moldova
Nikolai is the Mission School Director in Moldova and our main contact for the various ministries carried out there. He is seen as a father figure by many pastors and church planters in that country. His contribution to Gospel ministry in northern Moldova has been immense and only eternity will show how God has blessed the work of this faithful servant.
Trajan Kachina - Serbia
Trajan is a young man with a very clear sense of God’s calling on his life. He is Assistant Pastor of the Baptist Church in Vrsac, but also has pastoral responsibility for 3 other village churches, and a further group of 14 small Romanian speaking churches. In addition he leads the youth work in Vrsac, and is developing a region wide children’s ministry.
Vasile Paul - Romania
Vasile was a student in one of the early Mission Schools in Romania. He is now a pastor in Targu Mures and has been involved in planting over 20 churches in the surrounding area. In addition he is the Vice- president of the Cluj Baptist Association and a board member of the Romanian Baptist Union.
Frequently asked questions
Q How does the scheme work?
Churches or individuals undertake to sponsor a particular worker at an agreed rate for an agreed period of time. During this time they will receive regular reports to keep them informed and enable them to pray more intelligently for their partner.
Q Do I have to sponsor a leader on my own?
No. Although each national worker’s support level varies from £30 - £200 per month, a number of churches and individuals can share the cost of sponsorship. This is an arrangement which can be organized for you. Every contribution helps and is deeply appreciated.
Q How long do I have to commit my support?
We can come to an agreement on this. In our initial discussions we normally ask a sponsor to offer support for a minimum of 2 years. This arrangement is then reviewed on a yearly basis.