Shortly after we sent out our prayer letter, God greatly answered a few of our prayers. We had mentioned that Vasily and Olea were completing their Bible lessons. Olea's last lesson was on Friday evening.
Following her lesson, we asked her if there was ever a time in her life when she had been born again. She said no, then prayed and asked Jesus to forgive her of her sins and be her Savior. We were all very excited and praising the Lord with her! As she was leaving, she began listing off people she was going to call and tell about her salvation. Pray for her as we continue to disciple her.
Sunday after services, we had the last lesson with Vasily. It seemed like the closer we got to completing his lessons, the more God was working upon his heart concerning his need of salvation. What a blessing it was when he said he wanted to pray and ask God to save him. He had said at one time that he did not think he could get saved because he could not give up smoking. Continue to pray for him that he will grow in Christ. We will be continuing to do discipleship lessons with him too.
Another person many of you have been praying for is a man named Ruselan, the same Ruselan that I did Bible lessons with while he was in prison. He is now out and living just down the road from the church. He expressed an interest in doing Bible lessons again as he did not understand everything since the lessons were given through the mail. But besides coming to a few services, he has been too busy to do them. Friday he rode with me to the nearby city of Chagooiv to buy cement. While there, his son, Bogdan, did not want to go with him anywhere. Ruselan admitted to having gotten drunk the night before and was not feeling very well. When he returned from the market, he also came carrying a bottle of beer. I told him he was not going to get into my car with that. So he said he'd drink it. For me, that was not an option. The only option if he wanted a ride home was to throw it away. He was angry with me at first, but did it. Later he apologized and said that he needed help. He admitted that his son is scared of him when he is like that and wanted to start doing Bible lessons. I have talked with him since then and he is still very serious about Bible lessons. We will be starting this upcoming Wednesday. Please be praying for this family. The boys are very faithful to Sunday School. We would love to see all of them saved.