SGA’s Operation Winter Warmth is Bringing Aid to Russian Far East Enduring Extreme Cold Snap

Destruction from the fighting near Adeevka in eastern Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Slavic Gospel Association)

Harsh and unusual weather has plagued Siberia and the Russian Far East this year. After a warm summer and autumn in 2020, the region has seen the longest stretch of subzero temperatures in 14 years.

In the region of Yakutia, temperatures have consistently hit -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Eric Mock of the Slavic Gospel Association says, “The churches we serve are very active in ministry, even in that bitter cold. In fact, I recently received an email from one of the men in Yakutia that said, ‘It’s a normal Yakutian season. It’s wonderful, and just right for ministry!’”

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Meanwhile, many Ukrainians continue to suffer from the cold as well.  Mock says, “In a lot of these areas, especially in the war zone of Ukraine, they have broken infrastructure. I’ve driven into some of the cities and villages there. The fighting has even destroyed the gas lines to these houses. So the best thing that they can hope for is a potbelly stove or some other source of heat, maybe a small room heater.”

Plus, the warm and dry summer already hurt the country’s crops. With the lack of snow cover, colder air could damage the crops even more.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • As Russian and Ukrainian Christians minister to those in need, pray they would have safety.
  • Pray that many would be drawn to Jesus as they see the love of these Christians.
  • Consider supporting SGA’s Operation Winter Warmth.