NEWS / THEOLOGY
The God of Freedom and Victory!
“Hello, my name is Dima and I am the youngest of six siblings. Everyone one of my family are successful and doing well, but somehow, I got sidetracked by drugs. When I was using drugs, I believed that I was completely in control and I could stop using them at any time, but my family saw that I was spiraling out of control.
I worked at the train station in Kharkov and I was performing my work duties while I was intoxicated. Clearly, I didn’t take my addiction seriously or wasn’t concerned about the consequences, despite being cautioned by friends, co-workers, and family. Eventually, I lost my job, my wife left me and my family were very disappointed in me. Everyone who was a support system for me had disappeared and I was all alone.
It was at this moment when I realized that I needed help and decided to go to the rehab center. My mom and one brother (who is a Christian) agreed to walk with me through my ordeal, once I admitted myself into the center. I am at the rehab center now and my greatest desire is to be cured. I have come to the realization that my efforts to quit were not enough and I desperately need God’s help to help me overcome.
Pastor Kostya, from Slavic Christian Ministries, teaches a Bible class, which is based on Ron Putnam’s book. For the first time in my life, I have discovered the necessity to develop my relationship with God, to turn to God, and I have discovered the truth about Jesus, why he came to earth, what he has done for us, and the power of prayer. I am proud to share with you that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I now pray and read the Bible every day. I am confident the Holy Spirit lives in me and will help me through my struggles. Where God is, there is freedom and victory! Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This month, I would like to introduce you to Dima, who we have served in one of our theology courses at one of the drug rehabilitation centers where we serve. Below is his testimony: SCM theology pastor, Kostya (L) with Dima (R). Please pray for me and for my full recovery and deliverance from this horrible drug addiction. I am ready to stay at the rehab center for as long as I need to be entirely cured from drugs. My mom has made arrangements with my sister that after the rehabilitation program I would go stay with her in another city, so I can recover and not be tempted to relapse. I want to trust Jesus in all the circumstances of my life from now on! Thank you for your prayers.” Yes, let’s hope and pray that Dima stays clean for the remainder of his life. Please continue to pray for us as we serve drug addicts in at least five locations at this moment.
Please pray for all of our ministry partners because all of them sacrifice much time and emotional energy to serve in emotionally intense ministries to orphans, disabled children, addicts, homeless, refugees, etc. All of our workers need your prayers. Please pray that our finances will continue to come into our ministry and people will not be panicked by the COVID-19 outbreak and the stock market’s precipitously drop. Please continue praying for my health too, if you are so inclined. I have already spent lots of money on medical testing in 2020. We thank God for each one of you, your prayers, and your sacrifice to help the most vulnerable in a faraway land. God bless you!
“Hello friends, my name is Yuliya Kuraksa, and I attend Good News Church in Valki, Ukraine, which is about an hour drive from Kharkov. After I came to Christ, I was baptized and committed to the church, however, at one point in my past, I was discouraged and left the church altogether. I knew that God didn’t abandon me, but I was really struggling spiritually. When my
son went through a very difficult time, I came back to church and I met pastor Konstantin of Slavic Christian Ministries. I began attending SCM’s theology course, and I realized that I was learning so much that my heart became thirsty to learn as much as I could from this course. I needed God in my life in a new and fresh way and God sent Slavic Christian Ministries! The course was exactly what I needed. Praise the Lord, I was set free, healed spiritually, and I regained my confidence in God. Because of my transformation, I now encourage and support my brothers and sisters in Christ and share the Good News with other people. I am more joyful now than ever and Slavic Christian Ministries has given me the tools and knowledge that I was seeking. I am deeply thankful to Ron Putnam and the sponsors for such an opportunity to learn; due to your ministry a lot of Christians are experiencing a new quality of life in Christ. Thank you! - Yuliya”
“Hi, my name is Alexander Danilin. My family and I rent an apartment, since we cannot afford to purchase on own place, but unfortunately, the Landlord was murdered by someone, and we had to move to a basement of a multi-storied apartment, just to survive. I was so stressed out for my family’s future, I began to drink a lot and I became an alcoholic. I sold recyclable materials to gain enough money to keep me drunk. I eventually went to a Christian rehab facility and met many
wonderful Christians and began studying theology through Slavic Christian Ministries theology course.
I am proud to report that I have given my life to Christ Jesus as my Savior, and I can report that something has changed inside of me that is incomprehensible - I hunger for God’s Word! In our theology class, we are studying Ron Putnam’s book “The Way to Restoration.” This book speaks directly into my heart and that’s what I need – I can easily understand and grasp important facts with God’s help. I have gained a new perspective and my life is completely changed. I am planning on completing the rehab program and studying all three of Ron Putnam’s books. My wife has found a job close to the rehab center, so we can see each other. I am so delighted to share with her how God has changed my life. Please, pray for my future life, family, a place to live and the healing for my legs. I am so grateful for SCM, Kostya and Ron Putnam’s courses! May our Lord bless all of you abundantly! – Alexander”