How Vladimir Found the Gospel Again – Poltava, Ukraine
Oct 30, 2017 7834
My name is Vladimir and I am 77 years old. I grew up in a village, the same one as my wife. She was just a little older than me and we went to university at almost the same time, where she started studying medicine. My aunt persuaded me to also become a doctor.
My wife and I first learned about God through a Christian family that lived in our building. As we lived so close to each other, we became friends, and our children would play together. The mother, Tamila, was a dentist, and she worked with my wife.
One day Tamila invited us to programmes held by an evangelist from the USA. I liked the meetings very much. At the end there was a call for baptism and eventually a local church pastor baptised me.
I found the meetings interesting and inspiring.
Then my life became busy and I stopped attending church. My son started his first year at school. I was offered a new job in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which I had for eight years. It was a difficult job and would often take me away on business trips. After that, I worked at a psychiatric hospital. Also, for some years I was in another city helping my daughter to look after her children.
It was not long ago that I came back to church. I was retired at this point, and evangelists from Australia came to our city of Poltava – GNU’s Eliezer Gonzalez and Philip Rodionoff. They came and held Gospel meetings several times, and each time I went on Tamila’s invitation. I found the meetings interesting and inspiring.
Less than a year ago, I attended the meetings again in Poltava. A few months later I went to some at the “Sunny Carpathians” sanitarium. These were held by Philip Rodionoff and a GNU pastor in Ukraine. I now attend church and give praise to God.
– Vladimir (Edited by Ella Rodionoff)