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.

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Valery Bolotov | Tel Aviv

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Valeriy grew up in a small mining town in the USSR (now Ukraine). The Citizens of the town knew him as an ill-behaved and quite unpredictable person. He had burnt many bridges even with his family. During a time of prayer in a small Evangelic community, where he thought he had come by chance, Valeriy suddenly saw the Calvary and crucified Jesus Christ. The eyes of the Lord were full of suffering and endless love. He decided then to follow Jesus and to turn away from the life he had lived before. He began serving in church, hosting a home group, and reading the Bible at the mine where he worked. Valeriy also had a longing to know about the Jewish roots of his faith, which eventually led him to Jews for Jesus and his heart to share the Gospel. He became a missionary in 1999, and met his wife Tatiana at a Shabbat meeting two years later. In 2015, they moved to Israel where Valeriy continues to serve as the leader of the Russian-Speaking General Missionary Team.

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