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Kaka

I need Jesus every day of my life. Jesus tells me in the Bible that without Him I cant do anything. I have the gift and capacity today to play soccer because God gave it to me.

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Ivona Škvorcová

I noticed a little lump on my neck and it changed my plans and my life. We will have to remove it, exclaimed my doctor. It is just a simple operation… I spent three days in the hospital and I waited three weeks for biopsy results. I wasn’t worried at all. I was a 22-year old university student, full of energy and vitality. I didn’t expect it could be something serious. On 22 February 2006 the doctor told me: “It is positive“. I didn’t even understand what it means. Everybody in my family was shocked – I had CANCER. I was confused. I had lots of questions and fears.

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Augustín Ugróczy

Hi everybody, whoever you are and wherever you are – YOU ARE DISCIPLES. That’s the way I call my boys and invite them at our regular PAJTA meetings.

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James Manjackal

He prayed: "Father in Heaven, send your Son Jesus now to this priest suffering from kidney T.B., kidney stones and infections and restore him complete health of body and soul". Then I thought in my mind that he might have seen the hospital chart where my sicknesses were reported!

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Róbert Slamka

I am 52 years old and I am a lawyer. I have a beautiful beloved wife, Helena, and 5 beautiful children, Róbert, Jakub, Andrej, Annamária-Rút, and Lukáš.

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Mudr. Silvester Krčméry CSc.

If I have to be punished for what I did – i.e. for the goodness, truth, and Christ – I wouldn’t choose the smallest punishment, but the most terrible one; I would be so happy if I could die for Christ, although I know that I am not worthy of such a great grace.

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MUDr. Emília Vlčková

I healed my daughter who had bronchitis, after antibiotics showed no effect. I had a wart and it disappeared on the following day after I had used my homoeopathic drugs.

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Vlado Žák

I knew about God, but I didn't know Him. I saw God only as a strict judge. One of the predominant feelings when I thought about God was a sort of fear. Today, I know I was completely wrong.

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Dominik Dobrovodský

Yes, bones were my life issue. I was born with a fracture. Since then I had several fractures during all my childhood, every time I fell down. I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I suffered a lot. But I also saw other people suffering. It was for me great life experience, great learning experience. During this experience I understood that God is always with me and He never abandons me. This attitude of praise became (and it is continuously becoming) my expression of love towards God.

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Nick Vujicic

I am thankful to have been born 31 years ago with no arms and no legs. I won’t pretend my life is easy, but through the love of my parents, loved ones, and faith in God, I have overcome my adversity and my life is now filled with joy and purpose.

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Jozef Demjan

When I was a child I was sexually abused by an older boy. We lived in poverty. I experienced occult practices, depression, homosexuality, and suicide attempts. Only faith in Jesus Christ brought light to my life.

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Marek Nikolov

The aim of the “Jesus Heals” prayer gatherings is experiencing the fact that God is Love. He is Love that wants to give itself to other people. God wants to show us His mercy even through healing, signs, wonders, and miracles.

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Rick Warren

People ask me: What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

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Renáta Ocilková

During chemotherapy I lost my menstrual cycle. After about half-a-year I asked my gynaecologist – oncologist about that. I was afraid I was going to badly react to his answer. He told me:
“It’s normal. Your menstrual cycles will never return.”

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Anton Srholec

Faith and love for Jesus and for his cause filled all my heart and I was ready to offer my life for this.

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Denis Blaho

I started to do fortune-telling and I said things that resulted to be truthful. I used to predict things that really happened in near future. Sometimes I read people’s thoughts. I disdained Christian religion. I had a bad opinion about believers and acquaintances who were not profound believers.

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Bohuš Živčák

Despite persecution during the Communist era (or actually because of Communist persecution) my search of God became a continuous adventure. Pilgrimage and travelling rather than studying. When I studied at high school God came dramatically closer to me.

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Veronika Barátová

I always have wonderful memories of my return to God; still today they are pretty important. Everything happened during my university studies at times of normalizing Communism.

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Oto Mádr

This epoch is not easy at all for Christians; but for big-format Christians it is a great and marvelous epoch. “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.“ In such glorious moments the Church sings to the Lord a heroic song of love and faithfulness. It is a privilege and a gift: to live just now, to love, and to fight.

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Lucia Tužinská

My core problem was – how can I trust God again?! How can I understand Him? What has happened? What we believed in before suddenly became not valid. We needed to reevaluate our faith from the foundation.

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Martin Hunčár

My conversion does not fall under the category “extraordinary”. I know you would like to hear about the miraculous conversion of a former drug-addicted or alcohol-addicted. I was neither drug-addicted nor alcohol-addicted. Maybe this is the reason why my conversion was even more miraculous.

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Dan Baumann

The beatings would start and they would be slapping in the face, hitting in the stomach, sometimes kicking. “I struggled with faith, ‘Was God with me? Did He love me? If God is good why would He allow me to go through this situation?

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Dária Miezgová

But I was also interested very much in the communist ideals as in something that surpassed the ordinary life. So I became a member of a communist party – because I was convinced and I wanted it. And in spite of the fact I went to church and believed in God. I did not feel it as a contradiction

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Matúš Demko

Then I directly felt that God is a living being, close to us. Back then, God, our Lord, clearly and expressly intervened into my life. He completely changed it. I became another person.

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Richard Vašečka

My grandfather from my mother’s side had a great influence on my life. Besides that he loved me very much and spent much time with me, he became my ideal and inspiration in a faith, but also in a male character.

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Branislav Škripek

I was born and brought up as an atheist and I can confirm that I had never been told me anything about God during my first 20 years of life. It was something that was an unknown concept for me.

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Sasa Patalakh

Drugs, sex, Ukrainian mafia, and prison…
“…the story of a young man from Ukraine freed by God…”

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Ondrej Tarana OFM cap.

I was indeed horrified that I don’t know God and His Love although I was ministering in the church.

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Dominic McDermott

Hearing from God through dreams. Biblical basis, Why God would use dreams, The process ...

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Štefan Esztergályos

I got more and more entangled in different occult practices. I applied myself to astrology, healing (reiki) and I practiced martial arts. Instead of prayer I meditated in solitude, which pulled me many times away from the life’s reality.

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Geoff and Gina Poulter

We had decided with a great sadness that we had to go where we were being fed and leave the Catholic Church. Just as we were about to make this public statement Geoff had an open vision which simultaneously was confirmed to Gina through a word from the Lord.

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P. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap

Something of the kind must happen once in our lives for us to be true, convinced Christians, and overjoyed to be so.

Story - John Kazanjian

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John Kazanjian, an Armenian-American entrepreneur and lay missionary, loves people, preaching, and great coffee. He runs a student laundry and shipping business serving the University of Michigan, which pays the bills and allows him to pursue his true passion of spreading the Good News about Jesus. John serves as a Country Coordinator for Renewal Ministries to Turkey, where he works helps lead evangelistic events, and bring people into a deeper relationship with Jesus and live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

John and his wife Michelle are the parents of five beautiful daughters; they live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are actively involved in men’s and women’s ministries at Christ the King Parish.

His webpage: www.moveum.com

"John, what are you doing in Adana, Turkey? Your people are all gone. Murdered or chased away almost 100 years ago by people who hate you. You’re crazy to think you can reach these people with the Gospel. You don’t love them and they’ll see right through you. Because if you have no love, you have nothing. You’re still a bigot!”

These were my thoughts in 1999 as my plane was landing in south-central Turkey not far from Tarsus, St Paul’s home town. It was my first missionary trip and the weight of the decision to embark on this adventure was hitting hard. Fears, doubts and questions were flooding my mind: echoes of my parents and relatives recent phone calls begging me not to go. After all, I’m a businessman - not a missionary. And even if I had aspirations of trying my hand at mission work, what would posses me to think I, an Armenian, would choose Turkey! How did I get here?

I was born in Boston and my family moved to California when I was 14 where I attended an Armenian highschool. I have one older brother and we grew up in a very “ethnic” environment. My grades in school were about average. As a boy I loved sports, not books. I consider myself more common sense - street smart than intellectual.

I did graduate from college though with average grades.

Growing up, our family had many problems. We were lower middle-class, my dad immigrated from Turkey when he was 20 and worked for many years as a tailor. He is an alcoholic and my parents divorced when I was 19.

Being a full blooded Armenian, I learned the history of the first genocide of the 20 twentieth Century. in school, at the library and from survivors. My maternal grandma was force marched from her village in central Turkey through the desert and all the way to Syria (>300 miles). My dad’s parents hid in a kind neighbor’s cellar for a year until things in their village settled down.

From my youth I had learned to hate the Turks – who’s government to this day denies that the massacre happened. I’ve never seen myself as a likely candidate for humanitarian work and certainly not in the country my father fled.

In general, traveling to a places thousands of miles away from my home and family does not naturally excite me as it might others. And, to a country that is 99.9% Moslem, which has been historically hostile to my tribe, makes it even less attractive.

So, why did I say “yes” when my friend Peter offered me a spot on a three-man team to explore the possibilities doing evangelism in Turkey? I think partly it was because I saw myself as a guide. I could use my knowledge of the culture and language to keep the others out of harms way and get them back home safely. But there was another thing, I also wanted to prove to myself that the decision I had made long ago to forgive Turks was real. Was I really a changed man? Did I truly believe that my faith was the pearl of great price? The treasure that I was willing to sell everything else I had so that I could obtain it? Here was my chance to prove it.

I was 19 when a young man led me to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the living God. I committed myself to being Jesus’ disciple and learning from those who I saw truly belong to him. When I offered my life to God that day I also sincerely prayed those words I had recited thousands of times before “forgive me Lord of my sins as I forgive those who have sinned against me.”

Going to Turkey would test that decision. How would I react to Turks face to face? Their prejudice, hatred or denial of the massacre. I’m so grateful I had good brothers with me. They were an immense help.

It’s important to have advisors you can trust and will lead you. John Paul II has been my hero and a mentor, but there have been many others with whom I’ve had a more personal relationship over the last 30 years. I read what they write, listen when they speak and try to imitate what I see of God in their lives.

In those first years, sharing my faith was simply offering my testimony, a very briefly telling the story of how I came to know the Lord and how that decision changed my life. My friend Ralph would teach, Randy would tell a story and I would give my testimony. Then we’d ask people if they wanted to be prayed with. I was amazed to see people line up in front of me. It made me very uncomfortable. I was just the guide, tagging along, these other guys were who they should be wanting to pray with them. Not me. I was just struggling to get through each day.

I’m just an ordinary guy. Why are they coming to me? What do I have to offer?

One of the most comforting thoughts I often meditate on is that Jesus chose ordinary guys to be his most trusted helpers. The ones who didn’t appear to be especially gifted intellectually. The ones the world wouldn’t choose as its leaders.

There’s a passage from the book of Acts has always struck me: Read Acts 4:1-12

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated, ordinary men, (pause) they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Act 4:13

Other translations use: untrained and unlearned, ignorant and common. I especially like the word ordinary because it’s kind. The Greek word used there is “idiotes.” Not too hard to guess what other word derived from it.

Are you comforted when you read how Jesus asked his disciples

“Are you so dull?” Mk 7:18 or “How long will I have to put up with you?” Mt 17:17

I am because what I see is Jesus entrusting His work to men who were like me.

What do the scriptures say about what Jesus was looking for when choosing his disciples. Mark 3:14 points to two qualifications: That, 1. They might be with him, and 2. That he may send them out to preach.

If indeed I’ve said that I want to be a Christian and I’ve decided to be his disciple, I want to look at my life to see how I measure up to His qualifications.

Do I want to be with Him and with his people? Isn’t it amazing that Jesus didn’t hide his loneliness or his dependence. He chose friends with which he would share his joy, his grief, and He asked for them in His times of need. They became “family” for him. There was a mutual giving up. He loved them.


And am I witnessing to the gospel? Am I ready to tell people the truth about who he is when the opportunity presents itself? Jesus knew what was going to happen to him and that his time was short. He had three years to prepare a few people to carry on his mission once he was gone. The success of his message would depended on them. Look who he chose?

It doesn’t seem that he was looking for potential for greatness or perfectibility. Rather I think it’s mostly a matter of overcoming fear.

One evening well into that first trip, my friend Ralph asked me how I was doing. My emotions started pouring out. Being in Turkey was a tougher challenge than I had expected. Then he said, “John, I think you were made for this place. I really think you need to come back here.” The mere thought of it was overwhelming. I said, “No way! I can’t! I don’t even know how I’m going to make it through tomorrow.” All I could think of was getting home. But I knew in my heart that what he said was true. I just lacked the courage to do it. Ralph asked me “Do you feel that coming here was the Lord’s will for you?” I had to admit it did. Then he said “We only experience true joy when we do God’s will.”

All my mentors have been sounding a clear call to evangelism.

Mat 28 Jesus gave The Great Commission – go and make disciples of all nations

1Cor 9:16 Paul says: Woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel.

JPII For the disciple of Christ, the duty to evangelize is and obligation of love.

JPII If you’re not engaged in evangelism, you’re and immature disciple.

JPII To be a true disciple of the Lord, believers must bear witness to their faith with words and lives.

Ben No believer in Christ can feel dispensed from this responsibility which comes from the fact of our sacramentally belonging to the Body of Christ. Verbum Domini.

The first step is to give the Lord permission. Tell Him “if you open the door, I’ll go.” That door began to open for me when I decided to forgive.

My childhood mentors were proficient at making money, and I’ve done fine with that. But I don’t want to go to my grave being remembered ONLY as a guy who started out fairly poor, worked hard, made a lot of money, helped his family and retired in Florida. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I want more. It might sound idealistic, but I really want to make a difference in the world. And I have enough faith to believe that the grace He’s given to me is worth giving back, even to Turkey.

I honestly know now that I have given up my anger and bitterness and resentment. I truly do love the Turkish people and pray for them regularly. This year I will visit again for the 24th time since that first trip in 1999 and God is allowing me to see a new springtime of renewal in Turkey.


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