“Hello, my name is Armen and I am 33 years old. I am married and have two children. Presently, I am undergoing rehabilitation in the Christian rehab center and I am thankful to the Lord to be here!
Two months ago my life was a total wreck, but my struggles began many years ago. When I was young, I was a carless person and I didn’t care about other people. In my self-absorption, I lost interest in education and began drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Despite my many moral failures, I somehow graduated from high schooland entered the railway academy, where I began using illegal drugs and became an addict. To keep high, I lied, stole, and got into legal trouble. I was spiraling down the drain quickly.
Five years ago I met my wife and I was inspired to become sober. I admitted myself into an addiction treatment center and sought medical help, but I could not break free from my addiction – will power wasn't enough. I was released and then got into multiple car accidents while intoxicated -- fortunately, my life was miraculously spared.
After these accidents, I seriously contemplated my life and began to seek God’s help. My friend agreed to meet with me and he told me about a ‘Christian rehab center’ where he gained freedom from his addiction. I was inspired by his testimony, so I applied and was accepted as a patient.
It was here that I was introduced to the Bible and learned life lessons that I had never known about previously. After about a month of Bible studies that were conducted by Slavic Christian Ministries, the Word of God became clear to me. I was especially inspired by the small groups and quiet time where the other patients would meditateon the Bible, so I began to do the same. After many biblical discussions, I saw my depravity and realized that I needed Jesus Christ as my Savior! Last Sunday (during the service), I prayed the prayer of repentance and asked Jesus into my heart. And for the first time, I truly feel God’s mercy!
My greatest desire is for my family to be saved, learn about God’s love, and to glorify Jesus Christ with me. I also want to continue my biblical studies, get baptized, and discover my calling as I go forward in my newfound life. I need God's wisdom and direction, so I would deeply appreciate your prayers as I go forward! Thank you to the SCM staff for helping me, bringing me to Christ, and helping so many other people find freedom from their addiction. Thank you!” - Armen
Armen’s story gives us hope too; we are never beyond God’s merciful hand, no matter how far we have gone. I am reminded of Romans 5:20a-21, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Please continue to pray for transformed lives in all our ministry areas, so others will be changed, like Armen. We have seen 989 people make first time professions of faith, since I began this ministry in 2001. Our hope and prayer are to see our 1,000 people make the same commitment as Armen before the end of the year, if not sooner. Because of your sacrifice and prayers, we continue to make kingdom impact one person at a time.