Caroline in Poland was raised to attend church, but no one ever told her that she could have a personal relationship with God. She felt like she could never meet her family’s expectations. “They criticized me, telling me I would never achieve anything,” she says. “So, I reacted by cutting myself. I started going to parties, got into alcohol, cigarettes, sometimes drugs, and trouble with boys. I was 18 at the time."
“I decided to go to college in some big city. I figured I could pay for everything by working as a prostitute. Those were my plans. If things didn’t go the way I planned it, I could always end my life.“
Then, at college, Caroline met Simon, and he began talking to her about God. She recalls, “This topic was so interesting to me. We arranged to meet, and he started explaining to me how he met God and became a Christian. Since that time, my life began to change.”
Simon gave Caroline a Bible, and she started reading the Gospel. “I was praying and seeing God answer my prayers and reading the Bible and learning more about Him,” she shares. Later, Simon invited Caroline to a youth meeting, and she is still involved. “I got baptized,” she tells. “My parents actually came to my baptism. We finally started to develop a relationship – especially with my mom because we never had one.”
Caroline began training to lead Bible studies, and her desire to share the Gospel grew as she learned ways to talk to people about Jesus. She was living with her 91-year-old aunt, and they started studying God’s Word together. During the first lesson, her aunt prayed in her own words for the first time. “She’s really happy that we can meet and study God’s Word together,” Caroline notes. “It is a great joy for me to see what she has discovered for herself in the Bible!”