Pastor - Siberia
Eugene is the pastor of a church in southern Siberia. He is a part of the fellowship of pastors HeartCry started supporting at the beginning of 2012 in this region.
Testimony of Conversion
I started praying to God at the end of the 80s becoming more and more convinced that He exists. There were no believers around me, no spiritual literature therefore I was walking blindly. Yet God was beginning to work in my heart, even though I continued to lead a sinful way of life. By the age of 30, I was an alcoholic and had times of hard drinking. I was on the edge of suicide after a fit of drunkenness in November of 1992. But the Lord intervened at that moment, bringing me to my knees. I prayed that He would change my life and bring me out of this. At that time I was thinking only about the physical transformation of my life and didn't know that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord who died for my sins.
However my life did begin to change on the outside. My desire to drink went away for a time. The Lord took away my dependency on alcohol, I wasn't fired from my job and I didn't lose my driver's license. If it wasn't for the Lord I would have lost all that and my family, too. I had a desire to seek God and to know about Him. I traveled to Irkutsk and went to an Orthodox church. I wanted to be baptized there, but God prevented me from doing that. When I returned home I found out that some Baptist believers had visited our town. The next time they came I attended the service and stayed afterward. I received a copy of the New Testament and began to study the Gospel. I was baptized on July 7th in 1993 and became active in the life of the church. I even started to help pastor the church in 1995. This went on for many years. In spite of all that I didn't have a true repentance or a broken heart. I remained unregenerate. And when all my efforts resulted in nothing I started falling hard and came to the point of drinking again and eventually hit rock bottom.
The Lord was gracious and showed Himself in a way that I understood my utter unworthiness and I was brought to the point of complete surrender to Jesus Christ. It happened in September 2007, and from that point on I was given a new life, the Lord Himself came and changed me. After much time and training, I was made the pastor of the church again - this time it was for real.