Onwards!

We long for more, we strive for more! We want to see advance, progression on all fronts – in the quality and the effectiveness of our spiritual labours.

There is such a thing as holy discontent! We see it surfacing often in the writings of the apostle Paul.

He was not content with his own spiritual progress and on a number of occasions gave expression to this.

To the Philippians he wrote that he had not reached where he wanted to be spiritually, but that he was ‘pressing on toward the goal’ (3:14).

John Birnie

So he issues that stern rebuke to the churches in Galatia, expressing his astonishment that they were in danger of adopting ‘another Gospel’ (1:6), and going on to bring to them corrective words.

He was not content with the progress of the Gospel message in the world of his day, and so spent his life labouring for its progress, going to preach where it had never been preached before, even to Spain, the edge of the known world (Romans 15:20).

SGA’s long-standing and valued friend in Moldova, the late Pastor Nikolai Malai, often used to urge us on in the ministry with one of his favourite words, ‘Forward!’, and essentially that sums up the mindset which ought to be ours in the work of God.

We look back with thankfulness to God for the development of the work of SGA(UK) from its modest beginnings into the rich and multifarious ministries in a growing number of countries which are carried on today. But we long for more, we strive for more!

We want to see advance, progression on all fronts – in the quality and the effectiveness of our spiritual labours. All this is possible of course, only through the grace of God and by the power and enabling of the Holy Spirit.

Advancement of our work has been made in the face of all the barriers created by Covid-19 and its fallout.

God has been pleased to bless and encourage us in the Leadership Training programme, enabling that vital ministry to continue despite the restrictions on travel. Plans for development in several new locations are in hand. A new intake of students in Ruptawa, Poland, is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

We are deeply thankful to God for the remarkable advances made through the 70th Anniversary Project.

Reports from the country of Ukraine in particular have brought us much joy.

The initiation and development of the Phoebe Project and ministry to ladies has been encouraging to witness, with its potential to harness the support of the ladies in our SGA family, to whom we owe so much under God, for the advance and progression of the ministry over the years.

Notwithstanding all that has been accomplished, we are discontent – in a Biblical and Christ-glorifying sense! We long to see more – more believers strengthened and more churches planted, more lost sinners rescued by the power of the Gospel, more glory and honour to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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