A U.S.-based evangelical mission which 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 boys and girls this year.
From Russia’s capital Moscow to the Siberian wastelands — and across 10 countries of the former Soviet Union and Russian-speaking immigrants in Israel — underprivileged 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).
Last Christmas, local Russian-speaking Christians handed out more than 37,000 gifts and Bibles — in partnership with churches and individuals in the U.S. This year, local believers are looking to bring Christmas joy to thousands more children reeling from the impact of COVID-19 — building on SGA’s Christ Over COVID Gospel campaign and hunger relief efforts.
Russia, especially, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Many state-run orphanages and children’s homes across Russia and neighboring countries have closed due to COVID-19, and thousands of children have had to return to homes where domestic violence, drunkenness, and neglect is common.
Immanuel’s Child — an annual event launched by SGA in 2002 — is gearing up to distribute Christmas gifts, children’s Bibles, and personalized ornaments to 50,000 hurting children across the former Soviet Union.
SGA has a sign-up page on its website and a new video for churches and families in the U.S. that want to partner with local churches in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the former Soviet countries of Central Asia to show God’s love to children in distress this Christmas.
In recent months, the organization’s Christ Over COVID campaign has equipped local church partners to provide supplies for 2.4 million meals desperately needed by families on the edge of starvation – enabling churches to reach out to their neighbors, including many who have no knowledge of God.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service