Valery Bolotov grew up in a small mining town in the former USSR (now Ukraine). The citizens of the town knew him as an ill-behaved and unpredictable person, and he burned many bridges with his family. During a time of prayer in a small evangelical community which he thought he had visited by chance, Valery suddenly saw the crucified Jesus the Messiah at Calvary. The eyes of the Lord were full of suffering and endless love, and Valery decided then and there to follow Jesus and to turn away from his former life. He began serving in his church, hosting a home group, and reading the Bible at the mine where he worked. He had a longing to know about the Jewish roots of his faith, which eventually led him to Jews for Jesus. Soon, he became inspired to share the gospel, and he became a missionary in 1999. He met his wife Tatiana at a Shabbat meeting two years later. In 2015, the couple moved to Israel where Valery continues to serve as the leader of the Russian-speaking missionary team.