The Slavic Gospel Association has helped churches in the former Soviet Union provide some 750,000 meals to families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Slavic Gospel Association, which serves over 6,350 churches in Asia and Eastern Europe, was able to raise thousands of dollars for the meals, according to The Christian Post.
“The churches recognize that while this pandemic is a very difficult situation where many people are suffering, it probably represents the greatest opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel since the [Berlin] Wall came down,” SGA President Michael Johnson told the Christian Post. “The churches and the church workers are highly motivated to do what they can to minister to the people in those communities, both in word and deed.”
“These people are already doing the work,” Johnson added. “What we are trying to do is connect people here with the churches over there and help them to purchase resources locally so they can distribute food, medicine, and other items.” SGA President
Johnson said volunteers are feeding people who are in desperate need, including some who say they haven’t eaten in days.
“Those church workers have such compassion in their countries and they meet these people at their point of need,” Johnson said. “And many of these people are at the end of their ropes.
“They are really meeting those needs. Many of those people are open to the word of God,” Johnson said.
SGA is also working with the Union of Evangelical Christian and Baptist Churches to provide the meals.
“As time goes on, that network of churches that are distributing these resources continues to grow,” Johnson said. “We send the money over and the food and everything is purchased over there locally and distributed to the people who are in need. The churches are aware of the people in need already. In many cases, they will go to the local municipality to get a list of people who are in need and take that list and go visit those people.”
The SGA also is championing a Christ Over COVID campaign, a worldwide call for prayer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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