Shining the gospel “somewhere in Belarus”
It’s not a city we mention by name in our publications, because they do not have freedom of religion, but it’s a city where we’ve had an ongoing ministry for many years. Dmitry (Dima) reports, “God blessed our two weeks together as Victoria (Vika), our volunteers and I visited 49 as yet unbelieving Jewish people and four new Jewish believers in Jesus. Vika prayed with two people to receive the Lord.
“From cold calling, (phoning people with Jewish surnames from a directory) we met thirteen Jewish people who are wiling to hear more from us.”
Vika had one rather humorous encounter with a woman named Anna who said, “What?! Jews forJesus? No! I don’t believe in God! And my son who lives in Israel doesn’t believe in God, either. And besides, there is only one God!”
She also had some surprising encounters. She and volunteer Sasha dropped in to visit Anna and Nathan, who didn’t have the Hebrew Scriptures much less a New Testament at their home. “We don’t need one!” said Anna. Before leaving, Vika handed Anna her New Testament, opened to John 14:5-6 and asked her to read it out loud, and so she did: “Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
After reading these verses, Anna suddenly and loudly said, “Amen!” and then her husband repeated as well: “Amen!” Vika offered to return with Sasha, and bring the couple a New Testament. Anna agreed and gave them her home number and cell phone number.
While making cold calls, Vika encountered Alexander, who said that his father, Abraham, receives literature from Jews for Jesus—he reads it out loud to him and likes it. Vika invited him to the Shabbat meeting at the local Messianic congregation and Alexander came, even though he had to reschedule his previous plans to make it.
Dima reports, “I was doing a drop-in visit with a volunteer. After calling at the door I asked if ‘Mr. R ‘ still lived there. I heard a voice say, ‘Of course. It’s me. My name is Eduard.’ I introduced myself and explained the purpose of my visit. After a long pause, Eduard invited us in. He told us a little about his life, and then listened as I shared the full gospel with him. He then told me that he wished we had met earlier, because he has so many questions about Jesus. I was surprised to hear that his two favorite books are The Divine Comedy by Dante and…the Bible. He reads it every day and has lots of questions. We agreed to meet in a week to talk about the Messiahship of Jesus. Please pray for Eduard’s salvation.”