Recently, HeartCry provided the necessary funds for missionary Eugene M. and his church in Isil’kul, Siberia, to rent an adequate meeting space that will enable them to conduct evangelistic meetings for the people in their city. In the following report, Eugene thanks HeartCry for this help. He also shares about the recent training on evangelism that he completed with the church and how the Lord miraculously provided opportunities for him to share Christ with the lost.
Greetings to you, dear brothers and sisters!
First of all, I would like to thank HeartCry for your help and support concerning the rented meeting space for our church outreach. I am so grateful for everything you do for us, for the financial provision for my family, and for your prayers about our church. It is extremely important for us to realize that we are not alone – we have friends who share in our love for the Lord and service to Him!
We have finished our training on evangelism this past month. I believe that those who share the Gospel have had their skills improved. Evangelism is a little difficult for the women of our church. Some of the ladies share the Gospel when they are at the store or other public places. Others have acquired a deeper and clearer knowledge of the Gospel, but are still shy and uneasy when it comes to sharing it. In situations like that, I can only encourage them, pray for them, and set the pattern with my own life. Of course, I wish that all the members of our congregation were active evangelists, but we are all different. Everyone has their own gifts. After gaining some experience, it usually becomes easier for them to share the Gospel. Please pray that we would be zealous in sharing about Christ, and that God would help us to be a church full of Gospel witnesses.
Recently, something interesting happened to me. One night while I was at home, I thought about a friend of mine named Sasha. He is one of those people with whom I maintain a relationship in order to share the Gospel with them and point them to Christ. I have been praying for Sasha for six years now. He is a drug addict and is HIV-positive. As these things were going through my mind concerning Sasha, I spent some time in prayer for him. I asked God to keep him alive and allow us to meet again so that I could point him to the Savior once more. I went to bed with this prayer in mind, but I was unable to fall asleep. Suddenly the phone rang. I answered it, and to my astonishment I realized that it was the very person for whom I had just been praying! He said, “I apologize for the late phone call. Did I wake you up?” I answered, “No, I have been praying for you.” He then explained to me that he went to buy drugs in another village, which is more than a hundred kilometers away; but instead of getting the drugs, he got into a lot of trouble. Some robbers beat him and tried to steal his car from him, but they were drunk and drove into a ditch. When they couldn’t get the car out, they threw the car keys and left. Sasha needed my help to pull his car out and tow it home. By that time of night, the temperature had reached twenty-eight degrees below zero, and I didn’t have the right engine oil in my car for such temperatures. However, to my surprise, my car started up right away! When I thought about it later, I could clearly see the hand of God through all of the events that night.
I took enough money with me for fuel to get to the place where Sasha was and back, but I did not take into account that I would need more fuel since I had to tow his car behind mine. We almost ran out of fuel before we got to a gas station and used the rest of the money to put some more fuel in the tank. It was just enough for the two of us to get home. I prayed that we would not be stranded in the cold or have an accident. Praise God! He kept us safe.
All of this enabled me to have a serious conversation with Sasha. I shared the Gospel with him again, and I told him that he needed help with his addiction. He spent the next ten days at a Christian rehab center and is keeping in regular contact with me. Though he has not fully come to Christ, I believe that this situation was a good testimony for him, and I pray that the Lord would use it to bring him to true repentance. God used this event to also give me an opportunity to meet Sasha’s parents and share the Gospel with them. Now they are also among those people for whom I pray and with whom I try to build a relationship. Please pray for the salvation of Sasha and his parents.
I also thank God for the other people that He has recently placed in my life. One lady who came to our Christmas service has started attending our church services regularly. I also started visiting a woman who was rescued by a neighbor when she tried to commit suicide. Together with her husband, we study the Bible. I do not know for how long they will have a desire to meet with me, but they have not driven me out yet! The husband has no desire to be the leader of their family, so the wife is the one who leads. Here in Russia, such a family model is most common. Pray that the Lord would bless these new relationships that He has given me and that lives would be changed as a result. Pray specifically for my meetings with this woman and her husband, that the Lord would reveal Himself to them and save them.