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Restoration by Tatiana Korolkova

25 May 2017 No Comment

My name is Tatiana and I am 43. Approximately 10 years ago, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I began reading my Bible and praying and was baptized. The sad part is, by this time, my relationship with several members of my family were mostly ruined due to my alcoholism, but God began healing and restoring these relationships.

Although I was saved, I had many questions for which I could not find answers. I could not understand why Christians stressed the importance of prayer, Bible reading, and being involved in the ministry of the local church. In time, I began to drift away from fellowship with my brothers and sisters in the church and read my bible and prayed less and less. Eventually, I completely stopped going to the church altogether. At that time, I had a good job and was secure in my finances, so I thought everything would be fine.

Shortly thereafter, the things that once provided security became burdensome to me. Brothers and sisters from the church continued to reach out to me, and I would tell them I was doing just fine, and, quickly, those conversations became uncomfortable so I began avoiding them. Before long, I began to sink into alcoholism, and, as a result, I began experiencing problems at work and relationships with my family began to suffer. In a flash, I found that I had made another mess of my life.

Thankfully, it became clear that if I did not restore my relationship with God, there would be nothing good ahead of me. I also realized that I was not capable of doing this on my own. I needed help, so I decided to enter a rehabilitation center affiliated with my church.

 

I spoke with my relatives and they agreed that it was the right decision, so I resigned from my job and went to a rehabilitation center in Pushkin. While there, I met American pastors Grant Edwards and Rick Ives. They came to teach us about a discipleship program called First Steps.

After attending the training, I went through First Steps and found that it was a great process that answered so many of the questions I had. It felt like a puzzle was being put together, and it all made sense. The biggest take-away for me was developing priorities that align with God’s kingdom and learning practical ways to study the bible, pray and being in the fellowship of other believers.

Those lessons were crucial for me at a pivotal moment in my life and they are still instrumental today. First Steps helped me to overcome some significant doubts and fears, and, today, I have a wonderful relationship with Jesus and my brothers and sisters in the church.

I continue to serve in the rehabilitation center and in the church, and I use the First Steps discipleship program when I work with women coming to the center for help with their problems. For these women, it is very important that Christian truths are presented in a practical and an easy-to-understand way.

When I walk them through First Steps, it is a very rewarding experience because I get to see people transformed by the Lord directly. It’s exciting to see their lives change when as they engage the Christian faith.

I am very grateful that the creators of First Steps brought it to our church because it presents the truths of the Bible in a way that people can implement immediately. It has been truly life-changing.

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