Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than one million villages still have not heard the Gospel. You can help us reach as many as possible. People, just like these, are waiting to be transformed by Christ.

Every village that is reached results in amazing stories of transformation through the power of Jesus Christ. These are real stories of real people.  


Finding Joy in God's Word

“I was a staunch atheist. Reading the Bible was out of the question,” comments 67-year-old Vernon from Kiev, Ukraine. It hadn’t always been that way, though. In his youth, Vernon had prided himself on being able to read the Bible and share his wisdom and insight.

Then, school and a military career left him skeptical about Christians, the church and the Bible. Skepticism gave way to disgust, and as a commander of a garrison, Vernon picked on the soldiers who followed Christ, giving them the most dirty and hard work.

“I was surprised by these guys who were always smiling. Their faces shone a light in spite of all their difficulties,” Vernon shares. And, the more he watched these men, the more his heart was changed.

When Vernon got out of the military, his neighbors invited him to a Bible study at an evangelical church. Though his heart had surely softened toward Christianity, he was not ready to set foot back inside a church.

For weeks, Vernon declined their invitations to attend the Bible study. Then one night he was walking around town simply killing time. Before he knew it, Vernon found himself in front of a familiar church – and just in time for Bible study.

Vernon began to attend the Bible study regularly. The more he read the Bible and participated in the conversations, the more he realized there was about the Bible that he did not know. He was given a New Testament and found a greater joy than he had ever experienced in reading God’s Word.

“I prayed a prayer of repentance,” Vernon tells. “For the first time ever, I stod before God and realized I could not justify my deeds or anyone else’s. I needed God’s salvation.”

Today, Vernon still attends the Bible study, and so does his wife. “Praise God, who has transformed our family!” he declares.

Confidence in the Cross

It is so encouraging to see a person who has lived a long life finally reach out, repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior! Ivan in Serbia lived his whole life apart from God until very recently. He felt his life needed purpose, so he began attending a church.

Although Ivan became actively involved in that church, he still felt a lack of purpose, love and peace. Then, he met one of our church planters, Filip, and one of our local pastors, Pavle. As he spoke with them, he realized that the reason for his emptiness was because he had merely been practicing a religion rather than being involved in a relationship with the Savior.

Ivan joined Filip and Pavle’s evangelical congregation and attended devotedly; however, he found it difficult to set aside all of the rites and traditions he had become accustomed to in his former church. Filip continued to disciple Ivan, but Ivan really struggled with putting his full confidence in Jesus alone. Eventually, he decided to stop attending the church meetings.

One evening, Filip prayed for Ivan and asked God for His intervention. The following day, Ivan called Filip and told him of his decision to put his full trust in God! “Nothing will hold me back from obedience to Christ,” Ivan declared.

That same day, Ivan came to church and was baptized, publicly proclaiming what God had done in his life. He now shares how God opened his eyes to see what faith truly is: “Faith is not about us, nor what we can do, but about Christ and what He has done on the cross for us!”

My Soul Finds Rest

Tonya*, now 56, was born in Ukraine to a family of believers. Her childhood revolved around church activities, but the older Tonya got, the less her faith in God mattered to her.

The moment Tonya was legally an adult, she left both home and her faith behind. Life was a constant party for her. “I didn’t deny myself anything,” she says. Even when she married and had kids, she wasn’t ready to give up her reckless ways.

It wasn’t until she divorced and remarried that Tonya’s thoughts finally began to return to the God of her youth. During her second marriage, Tonya began to manifest the symptoms of a serious illness. Her health deteriorated quickly.

Her doctors prescribed treatment options, but nothing eased Tonya’s pain or changed her situation. She began to wonder, for the first time in a very long time, what would happen to her next. It was time for Tonya to go back and see her parents.

At first, Tonya felt ashamed going back to her parents. But the days passed quickly, and before she left, her parents gave her a pamphlet about God. “The pamphlet interested me,” Tonya recalls. “For many years, I refused God. I forgot everything that I knew about God. I took the brochure and read it from beginning to end, over and over.”

The pamphlet opened a floodgate of emotions and questions. Until this point in her life, Tonya had felt self-sufficient and in no need of help from God. Her illness reminded her that nothing lasts forever; her life could not be a continuous party.

After studying the pamphlet, Tonya prayed and asked God to forgive her. She prayed for healing from her illness. After days without miraculous physical healing, Tonya picked up her Bible and began to read. While she read, God gave her a clear understanding that He had answered her prayers in the way He saw fit. Tonya’s heart was full as her spirit began to understand that though her body was still sick, her soul had been healed.

Tonya no longer worries about her health. Her heart is full of peace because she rests in her Savior’s love.


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Clothed in Christ

“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’” Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV)

Much like this familiar story found in Matthew, the testimony of Robert* in Bulgaria reminds us that true faith in the Most High God yields thorough transformation and healing.

Robert suffered from a rare illness that distorted and paralyzed his mouth. Though doctors were actively seeking a cure for his condition, Robert was aware that his situation was likely permanent. He was warned that even if he did experience some recovery, the condition would have lasting effects on his ability to communicate, eat and breathe.

A new believer in Christ, Robert turned his eyes on the Lord. He was unable to attend church services held by our church planter, but he sent one of his shirts to the service for the congregation to collectively pray over for healing of his illness. That way, Robert would attend his next medical appointment clothed in Christ.

Wearing the shirt that had been faithfully prayed over, Robert astonished his team of physicians with his speedy and complete recovery. Today, it is impossible to tell that Robert once suffered from such a debilitating condition.

Robert gives all the credit to God. He is thankful not only for the miracle of healing he received, but also that the experience brought his family to God. The entire family is enthusiastic in their faith in Jesus Christ, the ultimate physician.



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