NEWS / REHAB
I Discovered Only Jesus Could Change My Life!
“Hello, my name is Ruslan and I grew up in the city of Dnipro. I was a patient at Liberty Rehabilitation Center, which is operated by Christians. Before my addiction, I had a wonderful life. I had a terrific wife, an amazing child, and a good job. Unfortunately, after my daughter was born, I became a drug addict. I was able to hide my addiction for about one year, but my slide downward became apparent to everyone. Eventually, my wife filed for divorce, took my daughter away, and I lost my job. I moved to another town hoping to make a new beginning, but things got worse, and I decided to commit suicide, but I failed in my attempt. The church told me to go to this drug rehabilitation center, so I entered knowing I had hit rock bottom.
After I became a patient and came to my senses, I began reading God’s Word but I didn’t understand anything in the Bible. I attended SCM’s Biblical classes where we studied Ron Putnam’s books. I could clearly see the reason for my wasted lifestyle and I discovered that only Jesus Christ could change my life! Three months later I prayed to accept Jesus as my Savior. SCM classes made a huge spiritual impact on my life. The Lord entered my heart and began his work inside of me. The Bible has become my favorite book. I strive to get to know God more and gladly more.
I desire to experience more significant changes in my future life and ask I ask God to prepare me for the ministry.
May all the glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ!”
My Life is Getting Better Every Day!
“My name is Denis and I am from the city of Makeyevka, which is in the war zone. My family was a good family, but early in life, I began to be wayward. By middle school I was already engaging in bad activities, like drinking and smoking marijuana. When I graduated from High School, I also progressed to more powerful drugs. For eight years I was killing myself with drugs. I checked myself into a hospital, but I was so addicted that the very moment I left the hospital, I would use drugs again.
I got in legal trouble, my family was disappointed in me, and I became very depressed. Later on, I was reunited with a former friend of mine, who was a drug addict, but was now completely sober. He told me about a Christian Rehab Center and how it transformed his life. It was there that I accepted Jesus as my Savior and I found I had the ability to withstand my temptations. I was baptized in church, but then the war broke out and I had to leave the region, like so many other people.
After I moved to Kharkov, I met my wife, Yulia, but we both fell back into using drugs. We both went to Liberty Rehab Center, where I repented before God. I felt very ashamed for betraying God, after he had done so much for me. But after I repented, God’s overwhelming peace came back to me. I love to read the Bible and I am excited to go to SCM’s Bible classes where we study the Bible and Ron Putnam’s book “The Way to Restoration.” My deepest desire is to be completely set free from drug addiction and be restored at the church ministry. My life is getting better every day!”
Suren Wants to Go to Bible College “Hi, my name is Suren and I underwent treatment at Liberty Rehab Center. I began using drugs when I was 14 years old. After being addicted for six years, I wanted to be free from this evil obsession. I came to the conclusion that I needed help and that I could not overcome my addiction in my own power. After I entered this Christian rehab center, I was introduced to God, gave my life to Jesus, and began serving God in small ways. After I completed my treatment, I turned away from God, was entrapped by worldly desires, and began using drugs again. I re-entered rehab, and gave my whole heart to God, without reservation. My spiritual growth took root, when I was taught the Word of God
consistently. I recognized my sinful nature and realized that my salvation is in Christ alone.
SCM’s discipleship classes have been an important step in my spiritual development. My life now has a solid foundation on Christ’s Word. I now want to go to Bible college. I thank God for His salvation, mercy and new abundant life. I strive to serve Jesus wherever he calls me to serve! Thank you for helping SCM and me.”
All I Want to Do Is Please God
“My name is Sergey and I am from a large family near Kharkov. My mom was a single parent and she worked tirelessly to feed all of us kids. When I grew up, my mom sent me to a private school and college to continue my education. After I graduated, I began going to bars and I drank a lot -- I became an alcoholic. For five years I became a thief to pay for my drinking addiction.
I met an old friend who told me about this Christian rehab center, called Liberty Rehab Center. This was the best decision I could have made, because it radically changed my life for the better. I didn’t realize how much the Bible could transform me into a new person. I attended all of SCM’s Bible courses and I could see the transformation happening inside of me. We studied Ron Putnam’s theology books and other biblical books too. Pastor Zhenya has done a wonderful job introducing me to Jesus. I repented of my sins, gave my life to Christ, as my personal Savior, and all I want to do is please God and be used by God going forward. I am now a food supplier and I help out the rehab center with their food supplies. I am now baptized and I’d like to serve God with a good conscience. All the glory belongs to God!” God Save Me, I Don’t Want to Be Like This Anymore!
God Save Me, I Don’t Want to Be Like This Anymore!
“Hello, my name is Bogdan, I was born in the city of Kharkov. I learned about Jesus when my grandma took me to church and I entered Sunday School. When I was older, I unfortunately chose to go the way of the world. I was an atheist and chose to live for the moment. I led an immoral life for many years, destroyed my life, and eventually was in perpetual fear and I was hiding from the police. When I had nowhere to turn, I cried out to God, and said, “God, save me because I don’t want to live like this anymore!”
The next day, my parents offered for me to go to Liberty Christian Rehab Center. I agreed and was admitted as a patient.
I was amazed at how many Christians truly cared about me. One of the first things I noticed about myself was the indescribable peace I received from reading the Holy Bible. I was taught the Bible by pastor Zhenya, SCM’s Bible teacher, where he did a wonderful job of explaining everything, until the scales fell of my eyes and God revealed to me my pride.
I learned from Ron Putnam’s books about the power of prayer, the importance of Christian fellowship, and many other impactful and practical spiritual things. I am so happy that my worst days are behind me. I am now completely transparent before God and I now have the privilege to be called a Christian. I want to be a faithful member of church, so I won’t stray away from God ever again. Thank you for investing in me.”
Friends, your prayers and donations have made a huge impact in these five men’s lives and many more people too. Thank you for investing in our ministry. Please keep praying for pastor Zhenya and all of our ministry partners, as we seek to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Ukraine. Peace to you in this time of earthly uncertainty; this season will pass, But see this as a time to get closer to God and family. We love you all!
Coming Back from Death’s Doorstep
"Hello, my name is Sergey; I am 49 years old. I was born and raised in the city of Kharkov. I was brought up in a decent family, where my parents instilled good values into me. It was their aim to help me become a respectable citizen. During my impressionable years, some of my friends introduced me to smoking and drinking and by the age of 25, I became addicted to alcohol. Instead of me taking care of my wife and child and turning my life around, I went from being an alcoholic to a drug addict. As a result, my wife abandoned me and I didn’t get to see my child any longer – I was all alone in this world and watching my life crumble before my eyes.
I made every attempt to turn my life around, but nothing helped and my health deteriorated dramatically. I was very scared and thought I was at death’s doorstep.
By God’s grace, I learned about this Christian Rehab Center from my friend, who was a former drug addict that was miraculously transformed. He invited me to go through the same rehabilitation program. Because I was desperate, I agreed. Before I could enter rehab, thugs attacked me and beat me severely and I had to be sent to the hospital’s ICU due to my injuries. This same friend who informed me about the Christian Rehab Center visited me in the hospital, and showed the love of Christ to me. Once I was good enough to be discharged from the hospital, I entered the rehab center in the village of Pokotilovka. As I was recovering from my injuries, I began to attend SCM’s Bible studies and my eyes were opened to the reality of God’s existence. For the first time in many years, I had hope, and SCM employee, pastor Zhenya, brought me to the place where I admitted my sins, confessed I needed Jesus as my Savior and accepted him into my heart!
I am very grateful that God remembered me and brought such amazing Christian’s into my life. I have been in this rehab center for four months and my desire to help people continues to cultivate inside my heart every day. Once I am healthy, I plan to attend a Bible college so I can continue to grow in the Lord and be of value to him. Thank you for praying for me.”
Friends, this is just one of many similar testimonies we have heard through the years. I am so thankful God remembers the neediest of souls and restores people back to himself!