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Ukraine – Russia: Local Churches Launch Brave Aid Effort in War Zone

UKRAINE-RUSSIA: LOCAL CHURCHES LAUNCH AID IN WAR ZONE: "Unstoppable" local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach in the midst of war. Shown: A 2020 photo of the team delivering aid to an orphanage in the war zone. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), the emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned children, and those uprooted by the conflict.

LOVES PARK, IL — “Unstoppable” local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach across Ukraine as war erupts around them and many suffer. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), the church-driven emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned… Continue reading Ukraine – Russia: Local Churches Launch Brave Aid Effort in War Zone

Russian Opposition Leader Seeks Eternal Answers

VIRGINIA BEACH — With his life and freedom on the line as he challenged Russia’s dictatorial regime, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reached out to Christian leaders in a search for “eternal values,” a Christian minister to the former Soviet Union told CBN News. Sergey Rakhuba of Mission Eurasia, a ministry that supports the church… Continue reading Russian Opposition Leader Seeks Eternal Answers

Russia Gospel Surge ‘Is COVID Silver Lining’ as Thousands Hear About Christ

RUSSIA GOSPEL SURGE IS 'COVID SILVER LINING:' Russian Christians going door-to-door in frigid temperatures reached 25 percent more non-churchgoing children and families with the Gospel over the past few months than ever before -- largely because of COVID-19. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) says COVID is actually opening doors for the Gospel in Russia and the former Soviet Union as churches' compassion outreach melts hearts.

LOVES PARK, IL — Christians in Russia going door-to-door in the bitter cold reached thousands more children and families with the Gospel over the past few months than ever before — largely because of COVID-19. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association’s (SGA, www.sga.org) Christ Over COVID campaign and Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreach helped Russian Christians and their… Continue reading Russia Gospel Surge ‘Is COVID Silver Lining’ as Thousands Hear About Christ

A Safe Harbor in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – Millions of children and young people live in at-risk conditions in Russia. The problem is exacerbated by the thousands of orphaned children who age out of state-run orphanages each year to make way for the thousands of children waiting to replace them. The problem is worse than you may think. “There… Continue reading A Safe Harbor in Russia

Christmas Russia Outreach on Target to Reach 50,000 Children

RUSSIA — An annual event launched by Slavic Gospel Association in 2002 — is on target to distribute Christmas gifts, children’s Bibles, and personalized ornaments to 50,000 Children in Russia. Despite lockdown restrictions SGA church partners are reaching out into hospital, orphanages and the homes of vulnerable children as part of their Immanuel’s Child outreach.… Continue reading Christmas Russia Outreach on Target to Reach 50,000 Children

Small Star, Bright Light in Russia

Vladimir Miskevich, a Russian pastor who now serves as Chief Administrator of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, shares a moving story about a grieving Russian mother who has kept an Immanuel’s Child “Star of Bethlehem” ornament for 15 years, remarking that “The smallest things are always big enough when done for the Glory of… Continue reading Small Star, Bright Light in Russia

U.S. Christians Help ‘Save Christmas’ for Russia’s Hurting Children

U.S. CHRISTIANS 'SAVE CHRISTMAS' FOR RUSSIA'S HURTING KIDS: One of the biggest evangelical missions to Russia is calling on America's Christians to help "save Christmas" for children in dire need in the former Soviet Union. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) aims to deliver Christmas gifts, Bibles and the Gospel message to 50,000 hurting children this month through its vast network of local churches in the region.

LOVES PARK, IL — One of the biggest evangelical missions to Russia is calling on America’s Christians to help “save Christmas” for children in dire need in the COVID-ravaged former Soviet Union. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) has launched a Christmas gift blitz across 11 time zones, stretching from eastern Europe to Siberia. Thousands… Continue reading U.S. Christians Help ‘Save Christmas’ for Russia’s Hurting Children

Illinois-based Humanitarian Organization Leads Huge COVID-19 Relief Effort in Russia, Former Soviet Union

LOVES PARK, IL — An Illinois-based, international organization is leading a major humanitarian effort to feed hungry families and orphans struggling due to the economic devastation caused by COVID-19 in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) has served its grassroots network of 6,350 local evangelical church partners in the vast… Continue reading Illinois-based Humanitarian Organization Leads Huge COVID-19 Relief Effort in Russia, Former Soviet Union

U.S. Ministry Brings Christmas Joy to Russia’s ‘Forgotten’ Children

CHRISTMAS JOY FOR RUSSIAN ORPHANS: Across the former Soviet Union, needy and hurting children will receive gifts, children's Bibles, and a message of hope through Immanuel's Child, a Christmas outreach spearheaded by Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org). SGA has a sign-up page on its website and a new video for churches and individuals in the U.S. that want to get involved.

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based evangelical mission that partners with local churches to serve orphans, widows, and others in need across Russia and the former Soviet Union aims to share the true meaning and hope of Christmas with 50,000 needy ‘forgotten’ children this year. From Russia’s capital Moscow to the Siberian wastelands — and… Continue reading U.S. Ministry Brings Christmas Joy to Russia’s ‘Forgotten’ Children

Slavic Gospel Association Surprises Russian Healthcare Heroes with ‘Love in Action’

RUSSIAN CHRISTIANS SPUR 'LOVE IN ACTION:' Supported by Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), evangelical Christians in Russia and the former Soviet Union have distributed groceries to provide more than 1.5 million free meals and a message of God's love to families facing hunger -- including frontline medical workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

LOVES PARK, IL — The Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) helped Evangelical Christians in Russia and the former Soviet Union to provide more than 1.5 million free meals to families facing hunger due to COVID-19 — even surprising frontline healthcare workers with food packages and a message of God’s love. “We’d like to share with you… Continue reading Slavic Gospel Association Surprises Russian Healthcare Heroes with ‘Love in Action’

Coronavirus: Churches Rush to Aid Russia’s Hungry as Crisis Deepens

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based mission to Russia and the former Soviet Union today announced its on-the-ground church taskforce has distributed more than 500,000 meals to desperate families as Russia’s coronavirus infections hit a new high. Russia has jumped to third place behind the U.S. and Brazil in new infections, now officially at more… Continue reading Coronavirus: Churches Rush to Aid Russia’s Hungry as Crisis Deepens

‘Christ Over COVID’ Calls for Global Prayer as Coronavirus Ravages Russia, Former Soviet Nations

Slavic Gospel Association launches international prayer campaign; responds to coming avalanche of spiritual and humanitarian needs LOVES PARK — With on-the-ground reports indicating Russia’s coronavirus peak is less than two weeks away, a pioneering ministry to the former Soviet bloc today launched a global campaign – “Christ Over COVID: Much Prayer, Much Power” – calling… Continue reading ‘Christ Over COVID’ Calls for Global Prayer as Coronavirus Ravages Russia, Former Soviet Nations

North Koreans in Russia & China Headed Home

MOSCOW – This is not an article about a missionary agency, a missionary project, or a faith-based organization. It is about people of whom we are mostly unaware. People who need the Lord. People who need our prayers. The purpose of this article is to raise our collective awareness and encourage us to pray.Something significant… Continue reading North Koreans in Russia & China Headed Home

Innovative World Cup Outreach Scores Big Despite Russian Authorities’ Detainment of Church Members

Several hundred Russian churches have hosted World Cup 2018 game screenings and other soccer-related events, distributing special-edition Scriptures and other literature, during a nationwide outreach during the tournament.

Partner churches open their doors and find ‘new courage and boldness’ for evangelism as Mission Eurasia’s initiative ends amid religious freedom ban WHEATON, Ill. — Hundreds of churches in Russia are preparing to end an innovative World Cup 2018 outreach on a high note this week, despite opposition from authorities. As the world’s most popular… Continue reading Innovative World Cup Outreach Scores Big Despite Russian Authorities’ Detainment of Church Members

Ministry Leverages World Cup Matches to Compete for Souls As Russian Government Cracks Down on Christian Evangelism

Although open evangelism now illegal, Mission Eurasia will work with churches in Russia for creative Scripture distribution campaign WHEATON, Ill.—Because open evangelism in Russia is now illegal, Mission Eurasia—a ministry equipping and mobilizing the next generation of Christian leaders in the region—will capitalize on a closing window of opportunity. The campaign will enlist Russian evangelical… Continue reading Ministry Leverages World Cup Matches to Compete for Souls As Russian Government Cracks Down on Christian Evangelism

Mission Eurasia Using Unique World Cup Outreach in Russia

MOSCOW – The 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer competition began today in Russia with the home team winning its and the tournament’s opening match before a crowd of 78,011 avid fans. The tournament will include 32 national teams competing in a total of 64 matches in 12 different cities, including Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Sochi, and Saint… Continue reading Mission Eurasia Using Unique World Cup Outreach in Russia

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5 Women Killed in Russian Church Shooting

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On Sunday, members of a Russian Orthodox church were celebrating the start of Lent when a gunman opened fire on the congregation. Fox News reports, “The shooting unfolded outside a church in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya. The Russian news agency TASS cited Svetlana Petrenko of the Investigative… Continue reading 5 Women Killed in Russian Church Shooting

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SOAR Reaches Russian Orphans with Easter Gift Baskets

KENAI, Alaska – In partnership with local Russian evangelical churches, SOAR International is planning to distribute Easter gift baskets to orphaned children in Far Eastern Russia in Communities across the Bering Sea from Nome, Alaska. SOAR (Service & Outreach Alaska to Russia) began its ministries to Russian in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, but now has… Continue reading SOAR Reaches Russian Orphans with Easter Gift Baskets

Russia Won’t Return Crimea

Photo by Alexander Noskin Russia refuses to return Crimea to Ukraine, despite the fact the United States asked them to return the territory. Haaretz reports, “Russia will not return Crimea to Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a day after the White House said U.S. President Donald Trump expects Moscow to do so.”… Continue reading Russia Won’t Return Crimea

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Russia Attacks Ukraine on 25th Anniversary of Independence

By Qypchak In late August of 2016, Russia attacked Ukraine while it was celebrating its Independence from the former USSR. CNN reports, “On the day of his country’s 25th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is warning that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants ‘the whole Ukraine’ to be part of… Continue reading Russia Attacks Ukraine on 25th Anniversary of Independence

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Russia’s abortion bans to remember Biblical ‘slaughter of the innocents’ for one day

On January 11, there was an abortion ban headed by the Russian Orthodox Church. According to LifeSite, “The Russian Orthodox Church diocese in the city of Yaroslavl declared 11 January a ‘day of silence without abortions’, and said it had the support of the region’s health department. Abortion is legal in Russia and the cost… Continue reading Russia’s abortion bans to remember Biblical ‘slaughter of the innocents’ for one day

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Russia’s new anti-terror legislation infringes on Christian ministries

By Laban66 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10403927 The Vladimir Putin-led Russian government recently passed sweeping anti-terror legislation that reduces all citizen’s rights to privacy while potentially infringing on the right of Christians to engage in missions. “It could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups,” said Joel Griffith of… Continue reading Russia’s new anti-terror legislation infringes on Christian ministries

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Ukraine violence in Russian conflict claims 10,000 lives, injures 21,000

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2014 has claimed 10,000 lives and injured more than 21,000, according to the United Nations. During an emergency Security Council meeting in April, the warring nations blamed each other for the ongoing conflict. The United States, France and Britain hold Russia responsible for the conflict. In February 2015,… Continue reading Ukraine violence in Russian conflict claims 10,000 lives, injures 21,000

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Providing Compassionate Care in Ukraine

CENTRAL UKRAINE — Samaritan’s Purse is in Ukraine providing medical and trauma care for internally displaced people and for those living in conflict-affected areas. Anastasia and Vadym Ermishyn – Ukrainian Internally Displaced Persons: When the war started, we were awakened at 4:30 a.m. by the sound of explosions and air raid sirens. Tavel Litvin –… Continue reading Providing Compassionate Care in Ukraine

Ukrainian Pastor Explains Why He is Defending His Country

KYIV, UKRAINE — Pastor Alec says he wants to bring Jesus to the people, which is why he has chosen to serve as a soldier to defend his country of Ukraine. FEBC Ukraine’s Senior Broadcaster Sergey Nakul found out more about what motivates Pastor Alec to risk his life to fight for his people. Pastor… Continue reading Ukrainian Pastor Explains Why He is Defending His Country

Delivering Backpacks to Children in Ukraine

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC — Samaritan’s Purse is sending thousands of children’s backpacks to Ukraine, each filled with a soft bear, hat, sketch pad, ball, and child-friendly Gospel materials, to let them know that God loves them and hasn’t forgotten them. Karl Phelps – Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse is packing backpacks for the children of Ukraine.… Continue reading Delivering Backpacks to Children in Ukraine

Romanian Couple’s Vacation Turns into Mission Trip for Ukrainian Refugees

ROMANIA — She is from Cluj-Napoca, Romania and now lives in Ireland. A few weeks ago, Ester Studnicka came to Romania together with her husband for a short vacation. Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine started and the little vacation transformed into a volunteer work at Kairos Agency in Suceava. Their calling and mission is in… Continue reading Romanian Couple’s Vacation Turns into Mission Trip for Ukrainian Refugees

Franklin Graham Meets with Samaritan’s Purse Teams in Ukraine

LVIV, UKRAINE — Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team members are helping the hurting in Ukraine in Jesus’ Name. Their President and CEO Franklin Graham recently traveled there to see their medical work and encourage those on the ground. Franklin Graham – President and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse: This is Franklin Graham in Ukraine, where Samaritan’s… Continue reading Franklin Graham Meets with Samaritan’s Purse Teams in Ukraine

U.S. Ministry Readies for ‘Marathon’ of Aid to Ukrainians

This Slavic Gospel Association-supported church in Rivne, Ukraine, has welcomed scores of refugees from war. SGA leaders find migrants often need crisis counseling as well as food and fuel. One family reached the Rivne church after surviving 19 days in a cellar stuffed with 90 people, who had to melt snow and drain radiators for drinking water.

LOVES PARK, IL — Ukrainian refugees lodging at evangelical churches across Eastern Europe are reporting atrocities scarring psyches, crucial needs for water and food, and desperate attempts to escape the war zone by car and foot. Julia reached a seminary that Slavic Gospel Association aids in Warsaw, Poland, only after a harrowing escape from the… Continue reading U.S. Ministry Readies for ‘Marathon’ of Aid to Ukrainians

Bringing Relief to Fleeing Ukrainians

MOLDOVA — In addition to their multiple medical treatment locations in various locations around Ukraine, Samaritan’s Purse is working through church partners and partner organizations to help bring supply and relief to fleeing Ukrainians with needed items for wherever their journey takes them. They are providing supplies for distribution in both Ukraine and Moldova. So… Continue reading Bringing Relief to Fleeing Ukrainians

Churches Help Refugees at Romanian Border

SIGHETUL MARMATIEI, ROMANIA — Every day, hundreds of refugees are entering the Romania border through Sighetul Marmatiei Custom. Some of them are only transiting the country, other families choose to stay in Baia-Mare. Dinu Onea, Pastor, the Church of Faith Logos Baia Mare, Romania: Here in Baia Mare I can say that there is a… Continue reading Churches Help Refugees at Romanian Border

Romanian Mission Agency Provides Safe Place for Ukrainian Refugees

ROMANIA — The conflict in Ukraine changed the lives of it’s citizens, but also of it’s neighbors. In Romania, the citizens from the north of the country can feel the results of the war as thousands of refugees crossed over the borderlines to try to find a safe place. From the very beginning, the churches… Continue reading Romanian Mission Agency Provides Safe Place for Ukrainian Refugees

Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation Continues Services Despite War

KYIV, UKRAINE — When Rabbi Boris Grisenko took the bold step to continue their services at Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation, despite the war due to the Russian invasion, he had no idea of the global impact it would have. Since the conflict began more than a million people have joined their Shabbat services online. Despite… Continue reading Kyiv Jewish Messianic Congregation Continues Services Despite War

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Chaplains to Ukraine

LVIV, UKRAINE — A team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) have already seen 31 people accept Christ in Lviv, Ukraine, as they offer hope and provide comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes. The team of crisis-trained chaplains are serving alongside medical personnel with Samaritan’s Purse, a… Continue reading Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Chaplains to Ukraine

UK Sponsor Drives 24 Hours to Meet Ukrainian Refugee Family

UKRAINE — Ken Gratton a Mercy Projects volunteer from the UK has been driving through some of the most dangerous parts of Ukraine to transport aid and get refugee mothers, children, and family to safety. But he was determined to meet one particular family who he has been sponsoring through the Christian charity Mercy Projects.… Continue reading UK Sponsor Drives 24 Hours to Meet Ukrainian Refugee Family

Ukrainian Grandmother Reunited with Daughter After Fleeing Kyiv

KYIV, UKRAINE — Eastern European Mission has overcome major obstacles to be able to prepare a major distribution of Bibles to thousands of displaced Ukrainian refugees who were forced to flee their homes. Following the Russian invasion EEM was forced to evacuate their Bible warehouse in Kyiv. But when one of their long-time partners returned… Continue reading Ukrainian Grandmother Reunited with Daughter After Fleeing Kyiv

Standing with Ukrainian Churches in Ministry to Refugees

UKRAINE — Slavic Gospel Association is continuing to help resource churches across Ukraine as they provide vital aid and transportation to rescue countless families trapped in the conflict there. SGA’s President Michael Johnson explains how they’re standing with the Baptist Union of Churches of Ukraine. As the conflict continues to devastate countless lives across Ukraine,… Continue reading Standing with Ukrainian Churches in Ministry to Refugees

Western Ukraine Church Packed with Worshiping Refugees

MUKACHEVE, UKRAINE — As Ukrainian refugees continue to head West of the country to places of safety, Living Waters Church in the small town of Mukacheve has become a place of refuge for many people coming to worship Jesus. Pastor Joel Brown shares the many opportunities God is giving His fellowship to serve thousands of… Continue reading Western Ukraine Church Packed with Worshiping Refugees

CEF Caring for Ukrainian Children in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

WARRENTON, MO — CEF has 69 national workers in Ukraine who were ministering to children on a daily basis, reaching 133,000 children in 2021. Only 12 workers have fled the country thus far. Of the remaining, half are sheltering in place and the other half have moved to western Ukraine. One reported that in the… Continue reading CEF Caring for Ukrainian Children in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

Special Needs Center Continues in Ukraine Despite Military Attacks

KONOTOP, UKRAINE — The town of Konotop in the North East Sumy region of Ukraine close to the Russian border has been badly hit by attacks. However a special needs children’s center there supported by Christian charity Mercy Projects is continuing their daily lessons for the many children who have found this place to be… Continue reading Special Needs Center Continues in Ukraine Despite Military Attacks

FEBC Ukraine Continues Gospel Broadcasts Despite Conflict

KYIV, UKRAINE — Even though two of FEBC Ukraine’s studios have been damaged by the attacks from the Russian invasion their presenters are finding all means possible to stay on air and broadcast a gospel message of hope across the country. Their senior broadcaster Pastor Sergey Nakul says they are seeing unprecedented opportunities to share… Continue reading FEBC Ukraine Continues Gospel Broadcasts Despite Conflict

Medical Clinic Provides Vital Support in Western Ukraine

CHERNIVTSI, UKRAINE — Samaritan’s Purse is operating an Emergency Outpatient Clinic in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, to provide medical care for the increasing volume of internally displaced people who are fleeing the violent conflict in their country. Luke Bray, MD – Samaritan’s Purse: With this being my first deployment, I didn’t know what to expect. So you’ve… Continue reading Medical Clinic Provides Vital Support in Western Ukraine

Helping the Refugees at the Borderline of Siret, Romania

SUCEAVA, ROMANIA— Most of the Ukrainian refugees are entering Romania through Siret Custom from Suceava County. The last days were critical for everybody because of the low temperatures in the zone. Nelu Prodan – Director Natanel Center Suceava: The last three weeks were critical, as you know, there were many refugees waves in many points… Continue reading Helping the Refugees at the Borderline of Siret, Romania

Providing Shelter for Ukrainian Refugees

UKRAINE — Vitaliy Smolin, director of Open Door Foundation, is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse in Ukraine to provide shelter for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the fighting. Vitaliy Smolin – Director, Open Door Foundation: My heart for Ukraine is to help the orphans, to help the children, because that’s what God’s heart is. As soon as the… Continue reading Providing Shelter for Ukrainian Refugees

Medical Interventions in Ukraine

RZESZOW, POLAND — Medical equipment and supplies for a Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, were airlifted via three flights (two aboard our DC-8 cargo jet) from North Carolina to Poland on March 4, 8, and 10. All materials have been unloaded, and most have been transported to Ukraine. The field hospital is… Continue reading Medical Interventions in Ukraine

She Screamed, ‘Where’s My Child!? Where’s My Daughter!?’

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Dave Donaldson, CityServe International co-founder and chairman, submits the following and is available for comment: Standing outside the train station right at the border of Poland and Ukraine, our leadership team decided to gather for prayer. As we united to pray, I heard a panic scream, so loud, that it emanated through… Continue reading She Screamed, ‘Where’s My Child!? Where’s My Daughter!?’

Mercy Projects Founder Rescues Family from Ukraine Conflict

KYIV, UKRAINE — For more than 25 years Christian charity Mercy Projects has been providing vital sponsorship to families across Ukraine. However when Russian forces invaded the country the ministry’s Ukrainian team members were forced to take shelter with their families. However the charity’s founder Jeff Thompson travelled from his home in California, USA to… Continue reading Mercy Projects Founder Rescues Family from Ukraine Conflict

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