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Coincidence? Yeah, right! By Denis Kozlov

28 January 2013 No Comment
As usual, I accompanied my American friends when they came to Russia. My job is to interpret and make sure they have everything they need (hotels, interpreters, transportation). Serving a
very diverse group of Christians can be tiring and challenging at times, but also rewarding. The Lord has been faithful to bless each trip and gives us evidence we are doing His will.
This winter’s trip was outstanding and abounding in the blessings of the Lord. It was a joy to have a team of prayer warriors with willing hearts to serve. The US team members were ready to serve the instant they touched ground in Russia. Changing time zones can be tricky but the Lord gave his grace.
Daily, the team broke into smaller groups and went to different towns. I accompanied and translated for Pastor Grant Edwards. He jokingly says that he trusts me to fix his sermons when I translate them. Pastor Grant preached three different church services on Sunday, and, at the end of the day, a very emotional young man approached us. He informed us that he remembered Pastor Grant from his childhood. In the early 1990s, he was a teenager living in the village of Nevskaya Dubrovka. Some American ministers went to his town, but he didn’t take them very seriously. Pastor Grant wasn’t sure if the young man was, perhaps, confusing him with another pastor, but he said that Grant
was the only missionary that ministered in his small village. He continued to tell us that, during one service, he was poking fun at Grant’s ministry when a young, American girl went to him and asked to pray for him. As she prayed, something happened to him.  He stated that something touched him deeply. As he struggled to find words to describe his experience, we could see in his face that it was clearly an experience that continues to have an impact on him. In his early 20s, he turned his back on the Lord, developed a drug addiction, and hit rock bottom. Yet, he
remembered that prayer and knew that there was a God who hears people when they turn to Him. At that time, the Lord brought a Christian man into his life, and, before long, he led the young man to the Lord. God delivered him from addiction and he now serves in one of RRR’s partner churches. For years he prayed for the privilege to thank those American ministers in person and testify about how their ministry was still bearing fruit. The man couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Pastor Grant preaching at his church that Sunday. It was amazing that, in a city of six
million, these two met again.
This experience was both a blessing and a divine confirmation that God is real and so good!
Serving Him is a great adventure and He rewards those who seek his face.

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