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Testimony - Rev. Vitali Yuchkovski
Rev. Vitali Yuchkovski (aka Pastor Vitali) grew up
in the Soviet Union. At that point in time people of
Russia experienced many difficulties if they openly
proclaiming their faith in God.
There was no freedom; believers were treated as
the second-class citizens. I remember put downs and
humiliation because of our Christian faith. It was such
a difficult time. I am grateful to my parents who shared
the Christian faith with me. They were committed and
I accepted the Lord as a teenager in 1986 and committed
myself to the Christian ministry. I was a youth leader
in my church in Kishinev, Moldova, USSR. I always felt
the need for Christian training. The Lord gave me an
opportunity to come to study in the United States. While
I was a student in seminary in Kansas City, I met few
Russian-speaking people. They were not believers. In
1994 God spoke to my heart and I started a Russian ministry
in Kansas City. I began my missionary work with a handful
of Russian speaking people. At that time I was a full-time
student. When not in class, I was doing missionary work,
social work, preaching, helping with the needy, door-to-door
evangelism, translations, etc. Soon a few people grew
to many who have heard about Jesus and found peace and
hope in Jesus Christ.
After my seminary training, I felt a call to go to
Philadelphia to help with the outreach ministry to the
Russian people in this community. I learned that there
are one hundred thousand Russian-speaking people (mostly
Jews) there. Thousands and thousands of them never heard
about the Gospel. We have established different ministries
to share the Gospel with the Russian people in America.
I was involved in establishing a new Russian Christian
Radio Program "From Heart to Heart" in Philadelphia
and Southern New Jersey. We were able to reach thousands
of Russians with the message of Hope.
My heart is with my people in Russia. God has renewed
a very strong call to evangelize my homeland with the
message of Hope. I travel to Russia to conduct evangelistic
outreaches in many areas of the former Soviet Union
and we see hundreds of people are coming to Jesus. I
have committed myself to share the hope of Christ to
those broken and hopeless Russian souls. God is unfolding
great opportunities to reach many people of Russia and
Children's ministry has always been a burden on my
heart. There are so many orphans and street children
in Russia. Together with our indigenous missionaries,
we organize children's camps and work in orphanages
and youth prisons.
We go to remote places of Northern Siberia where thousand
of villagers have never heard about God. We visit and
provide help in cancer hospitals where so many children
are fighting cancer as the result of Chernobyl accident.
But there are so many who need to hear about the Lord.
I would like to invite you to take part in this great
outreach. We cannot all go to the farthest parts of
the earth...but we can all help someone else to go and
tell others about Jesus and His love for them.
I just thank God for friends like you who love the
Lord and love the lost. God is opening new doors and
opportunities in the former Soviet Union and this is
where my heart and passion lie. So, the testimony continues...