Scheduled to go on visits with my co-worker, Valerie Hanick, I feared it might be rather boring. I thought I would only be translating, or maybe I would just observe. However Val’s contact spoke English, and another Russian Jew named Sergey was there. Sergey turned out to be very open. In fact, he was seeking political asylum for having expressed his Christian ideas and for being Jewish. Sergey considered himself a Christian, but he had never spoken to any evangelical Christians. The next day I visited Sergey again, and after we read John 1 together, he gave his life to the Lord.
It was a good inspiration, so I went on to visit a Jewish believer with whom I was having regular Bible studies. After that, I visited Boris, another of my contacts whom I had been seeing for a couple of months. Boris knew the gospel and pretty much believed, but he could not get over the fear that he was betraying his people and committing a great sin.
That day we talked about various staff members and their faith in Yeshua, and gradually Boris started to identify himself with Christians. Then once again I explained the gospel to him and he said, Yes, I believe.”
“Would you like to pray to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?” I asked. “Yes,” Boris said, and he did. That was a blessed day. To see Boris accept the Lord was one of the most exciting things that has happened to me in the ministry. I had been visiting him for a while, and now I saw him getting saved. That was great! I praise and thank God for letting me see the fruit of my labors.
Dmitry is one of our young Russian-born outreach workers presently in training in New York. He came to faith in San Francisco through the ministry of our missionary David Mishkin. Dmitry’s mother and father also have become Jewish believers in Yeshua.