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Slavic Gospel Association UK marks 70 years

September 2020 | by John Tredgett

UK SGA branch founding, 1950
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SGA (UK) celebrated its 70th anniversary in July. It was founded in 1934 in conjunction with Peter Deyneka, a Russian emigrant to the USA whose concerns for the spiritual wellbeing of his compatriots back in Eastern Europe led to the founding of the Association.

SGA (UK) is a missionary organisation seeking to partner with indigenous believers and churches in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Far East Russia. This takes the form of training leaders, sponsoring workers, providing biblical literature, and responding to humanitarian crises.

As part of their anniversary celebrations, SGA launched a new initiative where they are seeking to help support 70 new pastors and church planters in pioneer gospel ministry.

In July 1950, Peter Deyneka travelled to the Bonnington Hotel in London to meet with some like-minded Christians to discuss the organisation of a UK branch of SGA. This branch has gone from strength to strength over the last 70 years and currently supports over 150 pastors and church planters.

Ruth Deyneka Erdel, Peter Deyneka’s daughter, accompanied him to his historic London meeting 70 years ago. She recalled, ‘It was a good day: several men of God met together to pray with passion that the gospel would be preached to Russians.

‘I remember their enthusiasm, and now we look back and can see what God has done. No complete account is possible of all the blessings that have occurred since: the souls that have been saved; the children that have been helped; the people who have been

John Tredgett