Slavic Gospel Association Partners Celebrate Orthodox Christmas

Photo courtesy of SGA.

Christians in Russia and throughout the former Soviet Union are celebrating Christmas right now, from January 7-12. But wasn’t Christmas in December? Not according to the Julian calendar, still used by many Orthodox believers around the world.

Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “I’ve gone caroling with them on January 7, January 8. And you will go through a village and knock on doors and they’ll invite you in, even for a meal. We’ll pray with them, sing Christmas songs with them, and visit families. This just wouldn’t happen any other time of the year.”


Mock says many SGA partners celebrate the holiday with their families on December 25. But in January, they focus on evangelism. “They see this as a tremendous opportunity to advance the Gospel, holding incredible Christmas programs as well as taking those programs to orphanages and out to village homes.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray many will find hope in Jesus’ love this Orthodox Christmas.
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