Slavic Gospel Affiliation (SGA) is partnering with church buildings in Russia this 12 months to offer Bibles, provides, and the reward of the Gospel via their Immanuel’s Little one program. SGA additionally works with church buildings in Central Asia and different international locations in Europe for the Immanuel’s Little one program, serving to youngsters obtain the true message of Christmas.
Eric Mock, SGA’s vp of ministry operations, explains that they’re hoping to achieve 40,000 youngsters this 12 months.
“The approach of the Immanuel’s Child program is to assist churches that may not have the resources for that outreach, to strengthen and expand their planned outreach for Christmas. Our goal is to help churches reach as many as 40,000 kids this year,” Mock says.
Whereas Christmas in the usis usually a one-day celebration on the 25th of December, Orthodox church buildings in Russia have a good time on January seventh. This celebration would not finish till January 11th, making a window of alternative for Church buildings to share the Gospel.
Mock explains that this may be tough due to authorized rules within the international locations SGA works in. But many church buildings select to be daring throughout Christmas.
“Here’s the thing, open doors that would never exist any other time during the year [except] for holiday tradition are now open doors to any stranger. So the churches, rather than thinking about themselves, focus that Christmas day on exalting Christ and take the Gospel to these villages and these orphanages,” he says.
The Present of the Gospel
The Immanuel’s Little one program offers unchurched youngsters a Christmas reward that features a youngsters’s Bible, provides, sweet, and a Gospel star. The Gospel star Christmas decoration says, “Jesus loves you” on one facet and has the donor’s identify printed on the opposite.
Mock explains that this reward is the one the youngsters get essentially the most enthusiastic about.
He says, “They left any other gifts aside and stood in the line next to the young man that was translating…how to pronounce the name of the American family who had committed to pray for them for the next year.”
“Most of all they heard that they weren’t alone. There was someone on the other side of the world that cared enough about them, even though they had never met them, to pray for them,” he provides.
The work SGA does with Immanuel’s baby helps the church buildings they companion with disciple the youngsters all 12 months. Any leftover funds not used within the Christmas ministry goes again to the church buildings.
Church buildings use these funds to purchase Sunday college supplies so that they have the provides to show God’s Phrase all 12 months.
Mock says, “We’re equipping the church to minister to these children who come back to the church after the [Christmas] celebration.”
“Immanuel’s child is that spark that opens doors that is also the resources to give them the capacity to continue discipling these children,” he provides.
One other solution to get entangled is by praying for SGA. You may pray for the Immanuel’s Little one Christmas ministry to achieve the lives of those youngsters with God’s Phrase. Pray additionally for peace within the international locations they dwell in and boldness for the Gospel.
Mock says, “When we are doing this kind of outreach, we need the faithful prayer of many people. Pray for these churches to be bold, stand strong, and to not back down.”
Header photograph courtesy of SGA.