Finding Christ in Quarantine
Man’s wife helps lead him to Jesus
Azat had grown up without having a true understanding of God’s Word. At 64 years old, and now a husband and father he would often have to travel from his home in Armenia to Russia for work. This work means he has to leave his family behind for long periods of time.
When Azat left for his most recent trip, he noticed something was different about his wife. She rang him and told him over the phone that she given her life to Christ and encouraged him to open his heart and do the same.
“Honestly, I was not able to understand anything of this. But I love my wife and I thought there is no need to stop her,” he says. “I also noticed that my wife was not the same. Before, when I called her on the phone, she would only talk about the difficulties and sometimes she would blame me for not being home. But after she became a believer, she was often very happy and encouraging to me. She told me that God is almighty and she even said she was praying for me and my sons. This was so good to me!”
Following the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Azat rushed home to his family amidst nationwide shutdowns and travel restrictions.
“When I came back from Russia, and when quarantine life started, I sensed the warmth in my family. My wife was very affectionate, and she created a wonderful atmosphere. She shared with all of us, our daughters-in-law and our grandchildren, about the lessons she learned in her Project Philip Bible study.”
Prior to this, Azat was a nominal, traditional Christian. “I believed in God, but I lived without Him. I just kept some traditions and that’s all.” He said.
While back at home with his wife, she continued to encourage him and local Christian brothers came to meet up with him in his home for one-to-one Bible studies.
“Also, my wife continued talking to me about the Word of God. She helped me to study the booklets ‘Questions and Answers’ and also ‘Who is God?’. She explained what prayer was and helped me to pray. After my wife had finished Project Philip, that brother visited us and brought a Holy Bible to my wife.”
“That day, when I saw the Bible, I knew I needed to have my own also. That special day, I decided to follow Christ. The brother helped me to pray and invite Jesus Christ into my life. Something happened to me; I felt an unusual joyful feeling.
“I expressed my desire to have a Bible for myself. My wife said lovingly, ‘You can have mine.’ I was so happy about that. I took the Bible and put it to my heart and I was so happy to have my own Bible. To me, the Word of God is the only authority,” Azat said.
Azat’s sons are still in Russia and are not able to return despite having no work. Azat and his family are now relying on working in their garden, growing greens and vegetables and for this they are thankful.
“Praise the Lord that He provides us our daily bread. He does not leave us in this crisis. We always pray for our sons, that the crisis will make them search for God. Please, pray for us, for my family, for my sons. Pray to God to touch my sons’ hearts and bring them to salvation also.”
“I am so thankful to Bible League for this amazing program of Project Philip. May the Lord bless you all richly!”
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