Despite everything, the Adventist Church in Central Russia continues to grow :Adventist News Online

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O ver the summer, the Adventist communities of Smolensk and Pavlovsky Posad accepted new believers into their membership. On August 22, four people were baptized in Smolensk, and on July 25, in Pavlovsky Posad, three people.
Valentina and Olga talk about their path to God.

Valentine

I am 24 years old and I was finally baptized. When I was 12 years old, I learned about the true God. During that period, I lost one of the most important people in human life – my father – and consolation did not come for a long time. Once, I really wanted to see a movie about Christ, and I came across the “Gospel of John” (2003). At school, I shared my grief with a friend. She brought me a little gospel that her mother had given her. I spent every day after school reading this book. Not even a week had passed before Anya invited me to visit. Aunt Siran (my friend’s mom) told me about God, and assured me that I was not alone in my grief; that there is a Lord who cares for us. These words were a breath of fresh air for me, because before that none of my relatives could console me. This is how I found my Heavenly Father.

In the 10th grade, spiritual thirst awoke in me again. And the Lord brought me back to this woman. Every Saturday I came to visit her, and we studied the holy scriptures in detail, and prayed. During that period, I was constantly with God in my thoughts and even my school essays could not do without mentioning him. Those were joyful days; I was glowing, I wanted to tell everyone about God. But my parents weren’t happy with my faith.

Then I went to college: a new environment, friends, knowledge, and many temptations, and less time for reading the Bible and prayer. I limited myself to prayer at night, thanking God for all his deeds. Despite the fact that I left him, the Lord was always there and constantly reminded me of that fact.

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