Greetings to you, beloved friends! My name is Yevgeny (Eugene in English). I am 48 years old. When I was 12, my mother died and my father took me to his new family in Krasnoyarsk. I now lived with a stepmother and stepbrother. He loved to spend time in the streets and taught me the same lifestyle. Together with him, I began to steal things and had become addicted to drugs by the time I was 17. At age 20, I was put in prison to serve a seven-year sentence. On my release, I tried to find a job but was not able. They told me that those who were in prison are not needed anywhere.
I heard about a church-based rehabilitation center when one of my friends was sent there. At the time, I couldn’t understand what it was or why anyone would need it. Later, she asked me to bring her some clothes and I went there drunk and under the influence of drugs. The leader of the rehab center invited me to stay there as well, and somehow I understood my whole destiny was at stake. I agreed and went to the center in Dubinino. There I came to know God and two years later, I was baptized.
At 31, I got married to Lena. We now have three children—two sons and a five-year-old daughter named Snezhana. My oldest son Sasha is 14 and younger brother Yura is eight. The boys love sports, and on Saturdays they attend a youth group. In the evenings, we pray together. My wife is unable to hear—please pray for Lena, as she often has headaches.
As noted earlier, I had a hard time finding work and eventually worked as a loader, but the income was so small our family could not survive. But God provided with a much better employment! We began working with homeless people, and built a team to help feed them. Now 30 people are engaged in this. We do not feed the homeless with only physical food, but we also feed them with the Gospel. We help them get their necessary documents restored and when needed, take them to rehabilitation. Several have repented and trusted in Christ as their Savior. We also recently had a young lady who is a doctor offer to volunteer her services. She believes in the Lord and our ministry. Please pray for her—her name is Nellie. Blessings to you!
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