Vladimir Mitnitsky was born in Ukraine. At the age of 15, he made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel without his parents, which he was able to do because his father is Jewish. Although he knew about Jesus, he didn’t believe in Him as the promised Messiah. He studied in a yeshiva (religious high school) for three years. There he was challenged by the rabbis to think about the Jewish Messiah who would bring redemption and peace to his people. Although he was taught to do mitzvot (good deeds), Vladimir didn’t have peace in his heart. He came to faith in Jesus at the age of 20, after reading prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. Soon after, he graduated from college with a professional diploma in engineering.
Vladimir began volunteering with Jews for Jesus on the streets of New York City and in Israel, and he soon felt God’s calling to evangelize his Jewish people. After participating in four Jews for Jesus witnessing campaigns, three of which were in Israel, Vladimir joined the Jews for Jesus staff as a full-time missionary in 2009. He met his wife Yulia during a New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign and they were married in 2010. They are the happy parents of two children.