Leonid has planted a small church among the Russian Jews in a city in Israel. Though the church is small, their hope is that God might use them to bring many hearts to His Son. In addition to his pastoral duties, Leonid helps Antony Simon and others with their evangelistic tour ministry, performs evangelistic concerts in cities throughout Israel, and writes articles about Israel that are published in various Christian magazines. He has recently published these articles in a book entitled Around Jerusalem with the Bible. Leonid has been severely beaten for preaching the gospel, and he has suffered much for the sake of Christ. Pray for him as he ministers in two cities in Israel.
We celebrated the Passover on the hill directly overlooking the historical place of the Bible called “Gehenna” – “hell fire.” Among many of our guests was a journalist who writes articles for the regional newspaper. I talked with her about the expiatory sacrifice of Christ and told her that all people who reject His sacrifice will be subjected to eternal punishment, as Jesus Himself taught on more than one occasion. So far, she only listens and nods, but there remains no change in her heart. However, she continues to visit us, and we hope that she will turn from her sins and believe. Please pray that the Lord would change her heart.
I had a very interesting meeting with a man who has the same name as mine, Leonid. He is a Christian Jew from Frankfurt, Germany, but was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a talented programmer, but he previously used his talent with a criminal purpose. He would make major purchases online by means of false credit cards. In Russia he was never caught, but in Germany he was arrested and put in prison. In prison, Leonid began to read the Bible only to argue with the visiting rabbi and Catholic priest. They did not manage to convince him of anything. Nevertheless, one day, a pastor from a Baptist church in Frankfurt visited him. Leonid was also going to argue with him, but this time it did not work. Every time he tried to argue, the man opened the Bible and answered his questions accurately according to God’s Word. Soon Leonid confessed faith in the great saving sacrifice of Christ: “…and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).
It was at this same time that Leonid’s girlfriend was also imprisoned, and by God’s grace, she repented too! The Baptist church began to pray for their early release, and the Lord answered their prayer. Right after release from prison, Leonid and Natasha were married. Now they have three children and faithfully serve in the church. Leonid wants to help with our website on the internet if it is possible. Praise to God that He gives us such remarkable witnesses! Please pray for this dear family.