I was born and raised in a family of believing parents. Since childhood, I’ve heard a lot about the Savior Jesus Christ and about His love and power to save, but always thought that these deep truths were not relevant to me because I wasn’t a perishing sinner. On the contrary, I was involved in ministry and was involved in many things in my church, so my salvation was secured…or so I thought…read more.
When I was twelve, our family moved to America. At the age of 16, I stopped going to church and a few years later, I dropped out of high school. I tried alcohol with my friends and even though I knew it could be dangerous, somehow I drank more and more. I came to that point that I couldn’t stop. Even though I looked like a happy person, inside I was full of loneliness and hurt. I had a lot of pain inside but I didn’t have anyone that I could …read more.
Many people think and assume that I’ve been addicted to drugs and alcohol. Or that I’ve had criminal ties in my past due to the fact that these are the types of people that I’ve ministered to since I turned to God. I heard about faith in God in my youth from my grandfather and grandmother, my parents were not Christian at the time. When I was nine years old, my mother died—I didn’t understand why God allowed this to happen. In my younger years, I had been in a musical academy and then my interest switched to sports because I liked having strong friends. …read more.
Our lives consist of the choices that we make. The choices that I made in my life were egotistical and foolish. I never intended to hurt others or myself; I just wanted to have freedom and a good life. I thought that if I gave my life fully to God, I would be deprived of my desires. However, life without God results in a lot of sin and deprivation. Drugs and alcohol came into my life at an early age, and I believed that I had found happiness and freedom. But a few years later…read more.
I was born in a Christian family in Ukraine. When I was six years old, our family moved to America. Growing up in this country, I was negatively influenced by many of my friends who were not Christian. It was interesting to hang out with them and try “forbidden fruit” that I didn’t have access to with Christian friends. I didn’t think of the consequences. …read more.
It doesn’t matter now how it all started, nor would I have room for such details…but let me tell you of the moment when it all changed. It was a cold, rainy day—February 7, 2015—my first morning at GOF. Everyone went out to do their daily chores. I was in the living room alone, depressed and miserable. All I could think about was money and drugs. The day before was the day that I had reached rock bottom. So here I was.
Suddenly, I remembered a verse from the Bible: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Yeah right! I thought to myself. Suuuuure! A mocking thought followed. Then, with a desperate anger...read more.
I would like to testify to what God has done in my life. I was raised in an unbelieving (non-Christian) family, and I didn’t know God. I led a bad lifestyle which began with disobedience. Later, I tried the things that the world offered me. The devil trapped me, and no matter how hard I tried to become free from addiction, I was unable.
When I was 17 years old, I moved to America. It was at that age that I first tried drugs. In the beginning, everything was great, but eventually I began to lose everything and bring moral pain to my parents and close ones. I had a best friend, Ilya, with whom I led this bad lifestyle with. His parents and close ones begged God to save him, and God…read more.
I was born and raised in a Christian family, but as I got older, I started to rebel and go against the Christian faith that I was taught as a child. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd. I started to go against those in authority over me, thinking they were trying to take away my ‘fun.’ I thought that I could go about and do whatever I wanted to do and that I’d be able to change whenever I wanted to. I became addicted to drugs. Within 10 years, I lost my friends, my family, my job, and eventually, the will to live. Through it all, my family continuously prayed that God would free me from my drug addictions.
In 2010, God lead me to GOF where God changed my life and gave me freedom through Jesus Christ. Today, my relationship with my family is restored, my health is getting better, I’m blessed with a..read more.
At a young age, after deciding that Christianity was boring and an instrument to keep people from enjoying life, I chose to try the pleasures of the world. After I gave my heart to the world, my heart grew very cold. I became very judgmental and bitter. I lost a lot of interest in the world after I realized how cruel it was. Instead of turning to God, I turned to alcohol for comfort. Finally, I realized that alcohol was the devil’s tool to bring me to complete ruin. God called out to me. I answered His call and He brought me to GOF. Throughout the year that followed, God taught me to trust Him with all of my heart. After I completed the program, God gave me the privilege to serve at GOF to show my gratitude and desire to serve Him. Now I realize that there is no life outside of Christ. Jesus is my joy and my life.
I got to the point in my life where I hit rock bottom. My mom never gave up on praying for me. Something inside me wanted a new life and I believe it was God being merciful on me. He gave me hope when I had none and gave me the will to want to change.
I grew up in a Christian family, went to Sunday school, regularly attended church and youth services with my brothers, went to youth camps, became an usher, and was involved everywhere I could be involved. When I was 16, my brothers got into a car accident. My oldest brother died, and the other one became paralyzed from the waist down.
After this accident, I slowly left church. I stopped attending youth services. I stopped reading the Bible and praying. I turned my interests to ‘worldly things.’ I became successful in education and sports. I had a job, went to college, and thought to myself, I got this. I judged people who…read more.