Andrey is a graduate of the Samara Center for Biblical Training. He pastors a young church in Omsk, Siberia, which he helped establish in 2008. Andrey is a man who has been radically transformed by the grace and power of Christ. He is committed to being a godly husband and father as well as shepherding the people of God.
Peace to you, dear servants of Christ! With another month passing by we are getting closer and closer to the wonderful conclusion of our pilgrimage and labor in this life on earth. In the evenings, my wife and I enjoy reading Heaven by Randy Alcorn.
Some of the truths make us tremble in anticipation. It makes us want to know the Lord better, be closer to Him, and trust Him more. There is still pride and self-reliance to fight against, but His amazing grace gives peace, joy, and strength.
Now we have a few different groups of people in the church that are meeting together throughout the week to pray. My wife Liana meets with some of the women, while I meet with some of the men. I want us to get to know each other in Christ and learn how to better pray together. Our emphasis of this has been fueled by Brother Paul Washer’s sermons, the letters to missionaries written by Jack Miller called The Heart of a Servant Leader, and John Owen’s Communion with God.
Previously, I was always aware of my lack of prayer and felt ashamed, yet I genuinely wanted to grow in prayer. I simply could not seem to enjoy God in prayer as I had hoped, and my prayers were more like a chore than true devotion. However, when the Lord started working through the labors of the brothers I mentioned above, I felt a calling to pray. I began seeking God afresh and did not feel obligated anymore. It was as if my faith started breathing with prayer!
Recently I heard some news that I believe is directly related to the power of prayer. About a year ago, a sister in our church invited us to her home. Her name is Veronika. Her husband, Nikolai, was not a believer and was a very confident, hard-working, and self-reliant man. They have two sons, but Nikolai only saw them a few hours each month! I decided to talk to him about fatherhood and used that topic in explaining the gospel. I may have made a mistake that day, because our conversation went nowhere. As a result, the night seemed ruined even though on the surface it felt like we left on good terms. This really affected me, and I started consistently praying for the salvation of his soul. Some time later, Veronika and my wife also started praying specifically for Nikolai together.
Not long ago, Veronika and Nikolai had some other Christian guests over, who also shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. After the guests left, Nikolai asked his wife to pray for his salvation, and now it seems that he has been converted! When I found out about his conversion, I initially thought to myself: “Why didn’t he respond like that when I shared the gospel with him?” But the very next second my heart was filled with gratitude for God’s wisdom and goodness to all who share in this astonishing process leading to the salvation of a sinner. Praise God for how He uses His children and how He answers prayer!