Compassion Ministry helps church buildings on this area attain out to these in want of their communities. The essence of this ministry is present in SGA’s different work like Orphans Reborn or Attain Russia Now. However, SGA’s Eric Mock says this work additionally builds trusted relationships the place God’s love is communicated.
Mock quotes Matthew 9:35-36 (NIV):
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
In accordance with Mock, the Greek phrase for compassion, esplanchnisthe, is a time period which means a “pity that moves to action.” Mock additional describes compassion as a intestine feeling when one thing grieves an individual to the purpose of garnering a response.
“What we’re told is not…to [just] pray, but to be people of action, as well as people of faith. And not to just say blessings on you as you suffer, but actually build bridges by showing up with something in your hand as well as the Gospel in the other hand,” Mock says.
Love in Motion
That is precisely what SGA’s Compassion Ministry allows church buildings within the former Soviet Union to do. Generally this work appears like serving road kids in Ukraine or ministry to the disabled and blind in Central Asia. It may be taking support to individuals within the distant areas of Russia or Belarus.
Whatever the precise ministry, these SGA-supported outreaches are constructing bridges and individuals are discovering hope in Christ.
“Even in these terrible situations, the Lord is providing us an opportunity to meet this need for Him to be glorified through [a] faithful number of local churches…. They bring spiritual aid along with a physical aid, [because] often that door is not going to open with empty hands,” Mock says.
The method for constructing these relationships could also be sluggish at instances, however they’re vital and provide a neighborhood based within the hope of the Gospel.
Nevertheless, as others think about supporting this work, Mock says the pastors from this space additionally encourage the worldwide Church to do comparable work in their very own yard.
“If you were to inscribe a circle around your home of no more than 200 yards…you would find people dealing with alcohol, dealing with drugs, dealing with poverty, dealing with domestic violence, dealing with depression,” Mock explains.
“We have…a vital role in building those relationships and seeking the lost and the hurting of this world.”
Pray for SGA’s Compassion Ministry and for the church buildings it serves. Pray for the encouragement and perseverance of SGA-supported pastors and their church buildings. Additionally, pray for lives to be modified by means of SGA’s Compassion Ministry.
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Header photograph courtesy of Slavic Gospel Affiliation.