How Victor Went to Prison and Found Freedom
Jan 8, 2019 1216
Every week, a GNU pastor and six other Christians visit the inmates at a men’s prison in Poltva, Ukraine. Three times a week they hold Bible studies and in the last two years, seven people have been baptised. Victor is one such person.
Victor’s parents got divorced when he was five years old. For the following two years he lived with his grandmother, and went to stay with his father during the summer holidays. Then his grandmother and father had an argument which resulted in them abandoning Victor in an orphanage.
When Victor was twenty-one, he was put into prison after a tragedy occurred while he and his friends were binge drinking. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
At the beginning of 2017 there was a baptism at the prison. Victor was in the right place at the right time and happened to witness it. He became interested in baptism as well, and was invited to attend worship meetings.
“For the first time I felt free”
Since that time he has regularly attended. He first experienced Christ’s power when he asked him to help him give up smoking. He says,
“I prayed every day at our library, and God answered – I gave up that habit. For the first time I felt free. Since then reading the Bible and praying have become the most pleasant things for me to do. Every day I have the desire to know God.”
In May 2018, Victor was baptised. Towards the end of 2018 his imprisonment came to an end and now he is physically free too.
– Ella Rodionoff