When I was 16, I started using hard
drugs and soon started injecting them. For five years my life was pure
hell. There was a great emptiness inside of me, and I did not want to
live. There was nothing left for me in life and I tried to commit suicide
several times. I would steal, lie and worse, in order to buy more drugs.
No one could help me - neither my parents nor a rehabilitation center. I
just wanted to end my life. I had been married and borne two small sons,
but my husband died of a drug overdose. Then my brother told me about
Yeshua, who had died for my sins. I believed, repented and accepted
Yeshua into my heart, and He raised me up!
with children in the congregation
Today I'm married to a wonderful man and we are expecting our third
child. I am happy because Yeshua has given us a new life. He is a God of
love and restoration. Glory Hallelujah!
Life can be challenging for a single
mother. It was particularly challenging for a young Jewish mother raising
her 5-year-old in a Central Asian country in the mid 90's, where
Islam was gaining ground after the fall of Communism.
Lena and her husband
It was actually her troubled pregnancy that drove Lena to seek spiritual
help. Doctors had predicted the baby boy to have some level of brain
damage, and recommended that Lena terminate the pregnancy. She refused
and searched for spiritual help instead. The child was born, and did
indeed have health issues, but not to the extent that had been predicted.
Lena starting praying and the child improved, but he was still in and out
of the hospital for two years. When the boy reached the age of four, Lena
started attending a traditional church in her home town. She would bow
before the icons (statues of saints) and kiss their painted images. Her
young son grew very apprehensive of the traditions, and gradually Lena
did too. Soon afterward they started visiting a Korean mission church.
Not being used to a charismatic church, she visited once and was not
inclined to return. But every Sunday her son insisted on attending, and
for five years he would literally grab Lena's hand to make her come
One Sunday the Holy Spirit convicted Lena, and she decided to give her
life to Jesus (Yeshua). That dramatically changed the course of her and
her son's life. In the ensuing years, Lena grew in her faith, and
was also introduced to other Messianic Jewish believers. One of them was
Yitzhak, the leader of a Messianic congregation in a large city 1,000
kilometers away. He saw great potential in Lena's leadership skills,
and eventually asked Lena to oversee a Messianic group in her home town.
Meantime Lena's son was praying for a computer, a bike and a new
dad! It didn't take God very long to bring an answer to the third
request because God was already working on Yitzhak's heart to
propose to Lena...and she agreed! Since then the family has immigrated to
Israel and is now part of a local Messianic body here, serving those
around them with joy and encouragement.