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My Life Became Meaningful!

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Natalia is with pastor Kostya, our SCM theology teacher.

“Hello, my name is Natalia Borzova. I live in a village far away from the city of Kharkov. Our pastor only comes once a week (on Sundays), which we are thankful for his service to us, but we are not left with many opportunities to grow and learn spiritually. When we were offered to have a midweek theology course taught by Slavic Christian Ministries, our little church in the middle of nowhere was very excited for the opportunity. Most of us do not have access to the internet, so it is hard to get Christian information on our own. We began studying Ron Putnam’s book The Way to Restoration. We studied topics about God’s existence, each person of the Trinity, etc. From the very beginning, I really enjoyed the book. I noticed changes in my worldview, thinking, and within myself. Before studying this book, God was just a distant concept. I have been pleasantly surprised, if not shocked, of God’s majesty, infinity, omnipotence, justice, and holiness. I am also surprised that such a great God remains very personal God towards me. I have learned that God loves me, protects me, provides for me, and will continue to help me. Learning all of this has changed my inner world, prayers, and actions. When you grasp the nature of God, like I did, you are totally transformed; my life became meaningful! Perhaps I was most touched by the chapter on “Sin.” Beforehand, I had a superficial understanding of sin. I knew a sinful action was a bad deed, but the more I learned, I discovered how deep sin penetrates our human nature – our thoughts, motives and intentions. For the first time, I grasped the power of salvation and God’s provision of Jesus on the cross for all of us. We all hope that we can continue to learn all three on Ron Putnam’s books. Thank you for blessing us!” – Natalia Borzova

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