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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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Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

HEALING RAW TRAUMA OF 'FORGOTTEN' WAR: Michael Johnson, president of Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), talks with people still suffering raw trauma in the aftermath of the "forgotten" war in the former Soviet nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Partnering with local churches, SGA brings aid and comfort.

LOVES PARK, Ill – Churches in the first-ever country to adopt Christianity as its national religion are confronting “the rawest imaginable trauma” in the wake of a “forgotten” war. With the news dominated by Afghanistan — and the recent focus on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in the U.S. — the victims of the lesser-known… Continue reading Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

Men Around the World Make Plans to Attend Promise Keepers Men’s Conference at AT&T Stadium July 16-17, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On July 16 and July 17, Promise Keepers (PK), the men’s ministry founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney and known for their massive stadium events, will hold its 2021 national conference at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The event, believed to be the nation’s first mass Christian gathering… Continue reading Men Around the World Make Plans to Attend Promise Keepers Men’s Conference at AT&T Stadium July 16-17, 2021

Rod Dreher Sounds the Alarm on Totalitarianism Today

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison is joined by three-time New York Times bestselling author Rod Dreher on the latest episode of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.” Together they discuss how the Soviets gained control over Russia and the Eastern Bloc, the Communist exploitation of people who lost their identity and were overcome with loneliness,… Continue reading Rod Dreher Sounds the Alarm on Totalitarianism Today

U.S. Ministry Supports Christian Kids Camp in ‘Shadow of Chernobyl’

CAMP BRINGS HEAVEN’S HOPE TO 'CHILDREN IN SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL:' Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) -- a U.S.-based mission to the "forgotten" children and families of the former Soviet Union -- is aiming to give an "unforgettable summer" to orphans, abandoned kids, and children still suffering from the lingering effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened 35 years ago on April 26. Local evangelical churches, with SGA's support, plan to stage 500 summer camps across the former Soviet Union this year.

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based mission to the “forgotten children” of the former Soviet Union is aiming to give an “unforgettable summer” to children still suffering from the lingering effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that shook the world 35 years ago on April 26. Supported by Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), Camp… Continue reading U.S. Ministry Supports Christian Kids Camp in ‘Shadow of Chernobyl’

Warm Winter Clothing Distributed to Vulnerable Families in Armenia

ARMENIA — For decades Armenia and Azerbaijan have battled over a portion of land known as Nagorno-Karabakh. In September, the conflict erupted again, and the two nations broke into a violent war. The pocket of land, which is located within the borders of Azerbaijan, was home to ethnic Armenians. The war prompted people to flee—causing… Continue reading Warm Winter Clothing Distributed to Vulnerable Families in Armenia

WCC Makes Urgent Call for ‘Lasting Peace Founded on Justice and Human Rights’ for People of Nagorno-Karabakh

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GENEVE — The WCC executive committee issued a statement calling for calm and wisdom following six weeks of intense fighting for Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh, suspended by an agreement announced between the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. Welcoming an end to the bloodshed and destruction, the executive committee appealed for “a lasting peace founded on justice and… Continue reading WCC Makes Urgent Call for ‘Lasting Peace Founded on Justice and Human Rights’ for People of Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno Karabakh Refugees Find New Hope in Christ

ARMENIA — On Nov 10th a Russia-brokered peace deal was agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh. It brought to an end six weeks of war in which thousands of people were killed and displaced. As the refugee crisis is growing with reportedly more than 150,000 people urgently needing help Mission Eurasia… Continue reading Nagorno Karabakh Refugees Find New Hope in Christ

The KJMC International Pastors’ Retreat 2020 – God’s Answer to the Challenges of the Quarantine Season

UKRAINE — This year more than 300 people, including 8 bishops, 78 pastors and rabbis, 13 leaders of missions from 100 different churches, Messianic congregations and 14 Christian missions from 17 countries – Belarus, Germany, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Canada, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, the USA, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Estonia- took part in the… Continue reading The KJMC International Pastors’ Retreat 2020 – God’s Answer to the Challenges of the Quarantine Season

SEND International

FARMINGTON, MI – SEND International ’s roots were planted during World War II when the Lord spoke to the hearts of young Christian soldiers for the unreached people in the war-ravaged Pacific nations. Following the war, many of those men and women joined the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (FEGC) to minister to the spiritual needs… Continue reading SEND International

Churches ‘Race Against Time’ to Save Children in War Zone

CHURCHES 'RACE AGAINST TIME': Churches on the edge of an active war zone are in a race against time to save children's lives as bitter winter weather looms. Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) is the only U.S.-based organization partnering with an established network of local evangelical churches to deliver aid and spiritual support on both sides of the disputed territory, sandwiched between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

LOVES PARK, IL — Courageous churches on the edge of an active war zone are in a race against time to save the lives of children as bitter winter weather looms. Members of evangelical churches near the disputed mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh — straddling Armenia and Azerbaijan — are acting as frontline responders as heavy… Continue reading Churches ‘Race Against Time’ to Save Children in War Zone

Reach a Village

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PARK FOREST, IL – Reach a Village is a relatively young faith-based parachurch organization. It was founded in 2012 by Robert Craft, a servant of the Lord with more than 40 years of ministry as a pastor, missionary, and evangelical leader. The Need The vision for the ministry is rooted in Mark 1:38 (NET), where… Continue reading Reach a Village

Coptic Solidarity Urges EFA Sponsors to Stop Supporting Discrimination

WASHINGTON – Coptic Solidarity (CS) strongly urges all corporate sponsors of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the Premier League to end their sponsorship of Egypt’s national football team and league teams until they take immediate steps to end rampant discrimination against Coptic and other minority faith footballers. CS recently sent letters to the corporate… Continue reading Coptic Solidarity Urges EFA Sponsors to Stop Supporting Discrimination

Christian Community Credit Union Donates $10,000 to IM’s Beirut Relief Efforts

Christian Community Credit Union donated $10,000 towards International Ministries' relief efforts in the wake of the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by Google Street View/P. Elie Korkomaz

SAN DIMAS, CA — Christian Community Credit Union donated $10,000 to International Ministries’ (IM) relief effort in response to the devastating massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. IM has global servants serving in the area who can offer immediate help to those affected by the blast. The funds for the donation come from the Credit Union’s… Continue reading Christian Community Credit Union Donates $10,000 to IM’s Beirut Relief Efforts

2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Its 2020 Annual Report on international freedom of religion has been made available to the public by the USCIRF. Various media reports have created confusion concerning the publication, with some referring to it as “the 2019 report” and others as “the 2020 report.” For clarification, the title of the 104-page document is… Continue reading 2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Bethany Christian Services Prepares for a Revolution in International Adoptions

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bethany Christian Services has been watching a trend that is leading them to revolutionize their approach to international adoptions. What they have witnessed and what they have foreseen is very similar to what the author of Revolution in World Missions, K.P. Yohannan, did nearly 40 years ago. Yohannan recognized the value… Continue reading Bethany Christian Services Prepares for a Revolution in International Adoptions

How an Evangelical Syrian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement | Christianity Today

Following Turkey’s incursion into Syria on November of 2019 and establishment of a “safe zone” in coordination with Russia, the beleaguered nation faces another refugee crisis. According to the United Nations, 6.7 million Syrians have registered with their High Commission for Refugees. Turkey hosts the largest share, with 3.4 million, followed by Lebanon with 1… Continue reading How an Evangelical Syrian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement | Christianity Today

Game Teaches COVID Is Not a Game

CHENNAI, INDIA – The Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is not a game. Especially in India. Just this past week, India supplanted UK as the country with the fourth most COVID cases worldwide. As of this date (June 15, 2020), the number of cases in India (342,841) has it only lagging the USA, Brazil and Russia. Although… Continue reading Game Teaches COVID Is Not a Game

‘The Great Quarantine Revival’: Pulse Sees More than 100,000 Professions of Faith via Virtual Events

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 100,000 people from dozens of countries across the world indicated they wanted to put their faith in Jesus after hearing the gospel during recent, virtual evangelistic events hosted by Nick Hall and Pulse. The responses, which came via international call centers, email, website and text messages, are evidence that God is… Continue reading ‘The Great Quarantine Revival’: Pulse Sees More than 100,000 Professions of Faith via Virtual Events

Survey Reveals America’s Greatest Existential Threat

PHOENIX, AZ – The most significant existential threat for America is not the Coronavirus. Nor is it China, Iran, Russia, or North Korea. It is also not the potential collapse of our economy and supply chains. Continuing analysis by the American Worldview Inventory 2020 points out that “One-third of the nation’s adults who have chosen… Continue reading Survey Reveals America’s Greatest Existential Threat

USCIRF Funded Through FY2022

WASHINGTON, DC – The passage of the FY2020 Federal spending bill on December 19th ensures government funding for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom for another three years. Congress must re-approve funding of the USCIRF before the 2023 fiscal year. Although many government programs are included in the $1.4 trillion package, the USCIRF came… Continue reading USCIRF Funded Through FY2022

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Sudan Removed from State Dept. List of Worst Religious Freedom Violators after Dictator Ousted

The U.S. State Department removed Sudan from its list of governments that are engaging in or tolerating systemic and ongoing religious freedom violations and has placed Nigeria, Cuba, and Nicaragua on a special watch list for “severe violations of religious freedom” for the first time. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday the State Departments’… Continue reading Sudan Removed from State Dept. List of Worst Religious Freedom Violators after Dictator Ousted

Intensely Focused — Back to God Ministries

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – During the first two decades of the 21st Century, the lines between humanitarianism and evangelism have become blurred. Much of this can be attributed to the growing inclination toward political correctness, the revelation of the billions of people living in extreme poverty in developing (and industrialized) countries, and the increasing fascination… Continue reading Intensely Focused — Back to God Ministries

Mother Reunited with IDF Officer Son Amid Wave of Ukrainian Aliyah

ISRAEL – A mother and son were reunited at Ben-Gurion Airport last week amid a wave of 260 new olim (immigrants) from the Ukraine. Tatiana Popovich (49) made aliyah from the small town of Bar, and was eager to reunite with her son, Maxim, who made aliyah to Israel several years ago to serve in… Continue reading Mother Reunited with IDF Officer Son Amid Wave of Ukrainian Aliyah