SGA is Meeting Life-or-death Needs in Freezing Slavic Regions through Operation Winter Warmth

Some of the coldest places in the world are in the northern-flung Slavic nations. For example, Oymyakon, Russia endures winter temperatures hovering around -58 degrees Fahrenheit. With a population of 500, it is considered the coldest inhabited town on the planet.

Eric Mock with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) was recently in Russia’s Yakutia region. Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia, sees average January temperatures of -42 degrees Fahrenheit.

“We were there visiting and talking about ministry and it was snowing,” Mock says. “In fact, a group of men that had traveled with me were shocked because…it was still late September in the US and the temperatures had not really turned that cold, yet it was snowing in Yakutia.

“When we support the churches there through Bible teaching and through compassion ministry, it drops off into 60 degrees below zero. It’s an incredible cold.”

In these environments, heat is a matter of life or death. Even leaving home to get food can be difficult.

That’s why SGA has a crucial outreach called Operation Winter Warmth. SGA equips their church partners in several countries to share the Gospel, along with distributions of warm clothes, fuel, heaters, and food.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh