Irrepressible Faith

April 12, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

John Kinsley has served with Straight Ahead for nearly 20 years. He is our New England and International Director. Since the late ’90s, John has ministered to juvenile offenders in Ukraine and has trained people to work with them. John is actually serving in Ukraine as I write. John sent this post about Lydia from Ukraine…

At 85 years old, Lydia Petrovna Solomka still lives in Ukraine in the house where she was raised.  It was there that her parents started a home church.  It was there that she became a Christian even though Stalin was in power and violently repressing Christianity.  But from the beginning, Lydia’s faith was irrepressible.

When she became a Christian, Lydia promised God that she would tell one person the good news of the Gospel every day for the rest of her life.  As a young woman she was trained as a nurse in the Soviet Union and shared her faith with everyone in the hospital where she worked – even after she was ordered to stop and threatened with arrest.  When she retired from nursing in 1990, Lydia wondered where she should minister next.  Communism was waning, and some brothers from her church were allowed to visit the juvenile prison colony.  Lydia decided to join them.  They lasted a few months.  Lydia has been there for over twenty years.

Lydia leads a Bible study in the colony every week, and visits with the boys 2-3 times a week.  Lydia often buys food or clothing for the boys even though she lives on a very small pension, and when we give her the money that we raise to support her work she always asks us to give it to someone in need.

Over the years, Lydia has helped many young men as they leave the prison colony.  Her home is filled with photos of those boys, now men, and their families.  Notes and letters from the boys are addressed to Babushka: grandmother.   At 85-years-old Lydia and her faith are still irrepressible.  And she is still sharing the Gospel every day!

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