Pastor - Belarus
Alexander is the pastor of a Baptist church in Belarus. Due to security issues we cannot give specific names of the places in which he is working. HeartCry began supporting Alexander in 2012.
Testimony of Conversion
I came to faith in the Lord in 1977 when I was 23 years old. I never imagined before that I would become a believer, even though I thought sometimes about how wonderfully everything was made and who the Creator of all things was. After my term in the army was over I stayed in the same town I was serving in and didn't return home. It was very far from home, in the far east of Siberia, in the town of Blagoveschensk on the border with China. I attended intensive courses at the trade school and became an assistant to the drill rig master. With time I was designated to head North where the railroad was constructed and was situated in a town of Tynda. I spent the whole winter there with a very severe frost. I was writing letters home saying that I am really far away and won't come back for another two years.
However, God had different plans for my life. I returned home early as a result of the praying of my grandmother and various circumstances at my job. God did everything in my life before that point and afterwards so that I would come to Him, even though my thoughts were far from Him at the time. God was calling me rather strongly in different ways to come to Him of which it would take a long time to write in detail. But I was deaf and too fascinated with this world. Before I became a believer everyone around me knew me for a brawler and trouble maker. In some cases I came out badly beaten. I was looking for a sense of purpose and couldn't find it, so my life wasn't valuable to me. The friends that I once had have since passed away. Looking back I can see how in many situations I was kept by God. It was as if a boundary was set around me that I couldn't cross even when I probably wanted to myself. In a short period of time my motorcycle license was take away - at the time, I had two bikes. But I wasn't stopped by anything, even now I recall, with terror, the way I was riding on those motorcycles.
In the fall of 1976 in November my grandpa passed away. Because of this I decided to stop going to dances and not to drink any alcohol for 40 days. I really loved my grandpa. So at this time the believing relatives of mine came to me when they heard about it. They invited my to come to a service. Since God had been calling me and helped me in many things, I decided to sort of “return the favor” to God and attend an evening service. I went. While there I was invited again to a fellowship with believers at a different place. I didn't want to go but since I promised I decided to keep my word. I decided to go one more and never again go to such meetings. At that meeting one of the sisters presented me with the Gospel. At that time literature was scarce and many were copying the Word of God by hand into a notebook. I began to realize that there is God but I didn't have enough guts to start walking in His way. In the end after thorough consideration I came to the conclusion that the truth is here, I have to go in this direction. I began to attend the meetings regularly. But the new birth came a little later. I saw then what great sinner I was and saw God's love. I was weeping and praying with joy. Prayer became a necessity to me. I would seek a secluded place to pray.
In my life afterwards I had to go through many temptations and spiritual experiences that God led me through, giving me answers to many spiritual questions. In the town where I was when I believed there was a pentecostal church. After some time I left that church and joined a baptist church in another town. That town was 50 kilometers away from my house. At a later point in time the pastor of that church decided to relocate and there was a need for someone to take his place. After some prayer and consideration the church chose me as a new pastor. I was ordained in 1989. We have acquired a house in 1995 where our services are now conducted. At about the same time me and my family had moved to that town to continue in the work of the Lord. All this time was marked with difficulties and conflicts that we had to go through. But despite that we with God's grace continue to serve Him.