“Hello, my name is Sergey and I am 43 years old. I was born in the city of Mykolaiv, which is just north of the Black Sea. I grew up in a decent family, but I was a disobedient teenager. My poor life choices eventually led me to using drugs, which then steered me to stealing so I could support my drug addiction. I was eventually arrested and I spent over 10 years in prison because of my drug habit. Ten years of my life were wasted in prison because of my drug practice!
I first heard about God in prison. After I began following God and trying to tell other inmates about God too. But once I was released from prison, I once again turned to drugs. I wasn’t trying to be rebellious, like in my teenage years, but I was trying to find the “meaning of life.” I now know it was a senseless decision, but God had not taken full control of my life yet.
Because I did have an awareness of God in my life, I decided to come to this Christian Rehabilitation Center, with the hope of getting my life and faith back on track. I am currently in my rehabilitation process.
I was given the opportunity to attend Slavic Christian Ministries’ Bible course and to study the Scriptures, but we have also learned additional important life skills by studying lessons like “Keys to Freedom.” Perhaps it would be more accurate for me to say that God transforms my heart through these classes. God has revealed himself to me through our study time, as I learn about Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, about creation of the world, and about his love for me, just to name a few. I have also discovered that God has a plan for my salvation which is great news!
Pastor Zhenya is always pointing me to Christ and continually setting me on the right course for the future. Now I am sure that the “One who began a good work in me will complete it until I have overcome my addiction and become who God wants me to be” (Phil.1:6). I want to thank pastor Zhenya and everyone for investing in my life. In the future, I would also like to help other addicts to gain real freedom in Christ.” – Sergey