Pastor - Siberia
Yevgeny is a graduate of Samara Center for Biblical Training. He is pastor of a church Southwestern Siberia. HeartCry began supporting Yevgeny in October of 2012. He is married and has four sons.
Testimony of Conversion
Like the prodigal son, I was led to God through great need. From the age of 18 I smoked marijuana, and at 19 years of age I tried opium for the first time. That lifestyle then continued 10 years with occasionally breaks from these drugs. Whenever I would stop using drugs for a time, I would then begin to drink. There were times when I sincerely tried with all my might to break from my old lifestyle. I would try to get treatment, but this would only always last for short periods of time. I came to the point of helplessness and hopelessness. My life was a terrible nightmare, and I thought that it was quickly coming to an end. This added more fear - of death - for I was afraid that hell might exist. I acknowledged the existence of God. I had heard the testimony of believers and had seen their transformed lives. So when I reached the bottom, I began to think about God and that only He could help me.
When I heard the gospel, I understood that Christ came to this earth not simply to deliver me from my problems, but to save my soul from eternal punishment in hell, to give me forgiveness of my sins by the price of His own life. This truth shook me. At that time Jesus Christ regenerated my heart and changed my life. I began to study the Bible, to pray - especially about how I could serve my Savior.
The Lord began to give me the desire to carry the truth of His Word to other people. I started a Bible study group in my own home, and then began working with a Christian rehabilitation center for addicts. I started also to visit inmates in a correctional facility where I had the opportunity to preach. With time God orchestrated the events such that I was forced to take responsibility for the ministry of a small group that was becoming a church. I prayed about this and sought counsel. I received the approval of other believers, saw the growth of my own desire to serve in this way, began to see my skills and abilities develop for this ministry, and realized that it was for this ministry that the Lord had equipped and gifted me.