As a single mom living in Ukraine, Samantha* faced a struggle that parents across the globe fear. Her daughter was terminally ill. For two years, she cared for the toddler, watching in helpless agony as her daughter suffered extreme pain daily.
It took its toll, and Samantha became consumed by depression, anger, and the lonely feeling that no one could help her. Hope was something that she could not muster. It seemed unfair that such a small child should have to deal with so much. Samantha also felt cheated as she contemplated the reality that she might lose her daughter forever.
Ilija accepted Christ through a home church group in Serbia started by Veran, but his faith has been tested. Ilija is 60 years old and has battled health issues, including diabetes, for the past 12 years.
He took pills and injections, but last year Ilija’s condition got considerably worse. His blood sugar rose really high, he lost weight and suffered systemic fatigue. Ilija didn’t know what to do, and he began losing hope that things could get better.
Veran often spoke with Ilija about God’s sacrifice and the character and capacity of Christ to heal our diseases and cleanse us from our...
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
Anastasia was raised in a Bulgarian home with traditional beliefs. When she heard about the new Evangelical church fellowship group that had started in her village, she viewed it as a destructive cult.
During afternoon coffee with a friend, she expressed her indignation over the presence of the new church group. Much to Anastasia’s dismay, her friend shared that she had attended two of the church services and had sincerely enjoyed them.
Not long after the coffee outing...
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self” Ephesians 4:22 (NIV)
Silviya is a 20-year-old woman from Bulgaria. As a Muslim, she faithfully adhered to all of her religion’s fasts and traditions. She attended mosque and wore a burka.
Then, one day, she accompanied her mother to a church service led by a church planter who was trained by Reach A Village ministry partners. Still dressed in her burka, Silviya came back a second time, this time with her husband.
Silviya and her husband were deeply touched by God’s Word. They said that in Islam they saw a...