Andrey Volovik, SCM English Evangelism StudentAndrey Volovik, SCM English Evangelism Student
Hello, my name is Andrey. I am 28 years old, and I have been a real estate broker for the past six years. I come from a very spiritual family. My grandmother and parents visited the Orthodox Church several times every year, usually at Christmas and Easter. Because my parents were such devout Orthodox believers, we always kept icons of different saints in our home. My grandmother enjoyed lighting candles at the local church.
A few years ago I lost my job. When I got home I shouted at my grandmother, who was praying before one of the icons. “Grandma, where is your God? I yelled. “Why didn’t he help me? Where is he in my life?” I left my grandmother speechless. She didn’t know what to say.
Later I met Lena, a Slavic Christian Ministries English teacher. She told me about the ministry, and how they were providing free English courses as an outreach to the community. Needless to say, I was very surprised because nothing is free in our culture!
Nevertheless, I decided to attend the classes and quickly discovered that I really enjoyed them. The curriculum was very interesting, it was taught in a very interpersonal manner, and everyone was so friendly. I never imagined that people within the church could be so joyful and happy! They didn’t look sad and depressed like many of the other people in my life. Every week, I couldn’t wait until to attend our next class!
One day, Lena read us a Christian poem entitled, “Footprints in the Sand.” It really touched my heart—especially the last line of the poem, which says,
“My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
The question I had asked my grandmother was finally answered! It now made sense to me! That night at class, Lena gave an altar call, and I went up front and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I knew in my heart that this was truly the first day that I wasn’t alone in this world!
One short line in a poem transformed my life and set me on a new course as a Christian. Now I know that God is always with me! During the good times and the bad times, I now can trust that Jesus will guide me and help me. I am now able to overcome so much in my life because of my trust in Jesus. Now I know that I will never feel lonely again; and I never want to drift apart from God!
– Andrey Volovik
Isn’t this a wonderful testimony of how God used so many different things to bring Andrey to himself. Please pray that many more students from all of our ministries will accept Jesus as Lord very soon! As you can see from Andrey, you are making a difference! Lives are being changed and souls are being saved!
In Jesus’ love,