How God Saved Oleg from a Life of Drugs and Crime – Poltava, Ukraine
Oct 31, 2017 1254
When I was a child, I was surrounded by atheistic propaganda. It was the days of the Soviet Union and God was hardly spoken about. Back then I did not believe that God existed at all. If I had any belief at this time, it was in the pagan gods of the Slavic religion.
When I was young I was living on the streets. I became a thief and I considered it my profession. I was also addicted to drugs. Due to this lifestyle, over 11 years of my life have been spent in prison.
Even before I met God, I realised that something needed to change. I understood that I had come to the stage where I could either die or be put in prison again. I had enough of my way of life, and decided to make some changes. I had experienced many things in my life – theft, drugs, an incorrect understanding of God – but they didn’t frighten me. I understood the possible consequences of my actions, but it was just my life. Still, I had questions and I couldn’t find the answers alone.
I began to spend time studying the Bible.
I first got answers to my questions at the Gospel meetings conducted by GNU’s Eliezer Gonzalez and Philip Rodionoff from Australia. After these meetings I became more interested in God and began to spend time studying the Bible. I paid attention to what it told me about God, what Jesus Christ did for man, the reason the Bible was written, and where we are going.
I gave up my past way of life and drugs with the help of a 12-step programme conducted by a Christian drug rehab centre called “There is a Way Out.” They explained to me that I needed to change something in my life in order to stay sober. They said I needed to have some understanding of God and go through life together with him. I listened and tried to do what they recommended.
I pray to God for help every day and I know that he is beside me.
I no longer take heavy drugs and I am no longer a thief. I now attend church and have Bible studies with a pastor from GNU.
I am strongly convicted that the existence of everything on Earth would not be there without God. I am convinced more and more that without him man and creation would not be possible. I pray to God for help every day and I know that he is beside me. I know this especially when I have problems that are solved, that couldn’t be if it weren’t for God. I am convinced he helps me. I reach after eternal life. I am on the way!
– Oleg (Edited by Ella Rodionoff)