Anatol is the HeartCry national director for Moldova. He pastors Immanuel Baptist Church in Cahul and oversees teams in Anenii Noi and Cahul. Anatol has also planted four other churches in the area. He and his wife Nadia have three children: David, Paul, and Florin. In this recent report, Anatol shares testimonies from two new converts: Marina and Valentina.
Igrew up in an Orthodox family, and my mother taught me how to pray the Lord’s Prayer as a child. In our neighborhood, there was a house where some Evangelical Christians used to gather for worship every Sunday. I would listen to their music, and with the other children from our street, I received my first Children’s Bible from them. I read the whole book in one week. I received other books about different Christians, and each of them left a footprint on my personality. That was the moment when I realized that I had misbehaved. I prayed and went to my earthly father to ask for forgiveness. I was crying, and he couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. He hugged me and told me he had already forgotten my bad attitudes. That was my first real request for forgiveness from my father.
As years passed, I started asking myself questions about life and death. When I was in my second year of college, I received a book entitled, Are You Sure You Are a Christian? Afterwards, I prayed to God from the depth of my heart and invited the Lord Jesus into my heart to be the Lord of my life. I knew that He answered my plea, and I was so happy and felt a wonderful relief. This time I said “please forgive me” to my Savior, my heavenly Father. The Lord started changing my character. I had many experiences with Him, and He keeps searching my heart and cleansing me. I have become a daughter of the King; and I have received forgiveness, salvation, and meaning for my life.
My father was an atheist. Many times I would find my mom praying secretly. Although she had faith in God, she never told us about Him. I went to school in Chisinau when I grew up, but nobody told me about God during all those years, and I developed a worldly lifestyle. I married Ivan, and we had two daughters together, Cristina and Silvia. After some time, Cristina started going to school in Romania. One day, when she came home for a visit, she told her younger sister about her faith in God.
The next year, both of our daughters were going to school in Romania. When they came home during their vacation, they started attending the Evangelical church in Gotesti. One Sunday when they were preparing to go to church, I decided to go with them. The second time I visited, God helped me understand the message that was being preached, and I began to express interest in finding out more about Him.
My daughters took me to Immanuel Church in Cahul. After they went back to Romania, I kept attending the church. One Sunday, pastor Anatol said that we needed to give ourselves to the Lord totally, and I stood up and said I wanted to do that.
I was afraid to tell my husband that I wanted to be baptized, but the pastor encouraged me to do so. Although he didn’t like it at first, he said, “God’s will be done in your life!”
Three years ago, I contracted a serious illness, but the Lord has been drawing me nearer to Him in my suffering. While I do pray for health, my heart's desire is to follow Him no matter what. My sins are forgiven, and I am a child of God. I want to be faithful to the Lord until the end.