It’s hard to believe Andrew* was ever a prisoner. Gentle, humble and good-natured, he exudes a lovingkindness that draws hurting souls to his church and Hope Center in Europe. But in fact, it was during a short stint in prison that Andrey came to know Jesus.
He says, “I’ve always sought truth and appreciated friendship. Even in prison, I kept looking for answers but couldn’t find anything. However, the Christians that visited our prison gave me the New Testament. I read it and made a realization. He is the One who never lies, forgives and loves. He changed my life as nobody else could.”
When Andrew was released from jail in 1996, he settled in a small town and joined a prison ministry with our partner, New Testament Church. Eventually, he became the pastor of a church where God gave him a vision to start a rehabilitation center for local drug addicts.
Today, that rehab center, part of an ICM Hope Center, ministers to about a dozen young men at a time. But they don’t just leave behind the drugs. Some of the program’s graduates go on to study at a nearby Bible school, becoming new evangelists and helping Andrey to spread the gospel. Please continue to pray blessings over Hope Centers and the people are recovering from addiction.
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We praise God for authoring second chances!
*Name changed for safety reasons.