As soon as I came to believe in Yeshua (Jesus), I took note of His sayings, and one in particular mystified me. What did He mean by, “Assuredly I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country” (Luke 4:24)? It was my mother who inadvertently taught me what this meant. She simply didn’t want to hear anything about my faith. For years.

I joined the Jews for Jesus staff in 1998, working to bring the good news to a lot of Jewish people. However, my own Jewish mother still couldn’t open her heart to the message. Nevertheless, one day while we were visiting her in a small miner’s town where she lived, my wife invited her to reconcile with God by receiving Yeshua into her heart. Much to my surprise and joy, I heard my mother consent, and then she prayed with my wife. At last, I thought, now she will open the Bible that has remained untouched for 20 years (a gift from a believing friend). But it did not happen that way, though I offered so many times to read just a verse or two with her.

As my mother’s health was deteriorating, my wife and I invited her to move into our home so that we could care for her. She didn’t respond to the offer and we understood that it was difficult for her to contemplate a move at 82 years of age. It would be stressful and would require that she change some of her most well-established habits.

led our branch in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, from 1999 through 2014. He is now the Branch Leader of our Russian Ministry in Israel.  Please pray for God’s blessing on the Bolotovs and their ministry.