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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.

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New perspective on life

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Editor of the Goodnews magazine

I have always been a church goer, even a daily Mass at times, but it was more a sign of my dutiful spirit than any real living faith. Just at I ate my greens and did my homework , I went to church. But my Christian faith was not at the heart of my life.

My focus was on having a meaningful job – in my case journalism – meeting interesting people and generally having fun and adventure. I fitted God in round the edges. But because I did go to church and generally was leading a moral life, I felt I really was doing all that was expected of me.

It didn’t occur to me that there was anything more – that I had actually missed the whole point; that the Christian life is not about spiritual practices and duties but about a love relationship with Jesus Christ who, if you give him permission, can flood your whole existence and give you a totally new perspective on life.

I had many blessings in life – nice family and friends, good education, good health, great job -but deep down I felt slightly uneasy. I knew that life was fragile and I could lose all these good things and then what would my life be? In an attempt to do a deal with God, in my late 20s I went to work as a volunteer for the Church in Central America. I reckoned two years working with the poor should bring me enough brownie points to get me to heaven, whatever else my life might hold. But God has a way of seeing through our little ploys and things didn’t turn out the way I expected. Instead of working with the poor, I ended up teaching English in middle class school in Panama City, which I didn’t particularly enjoy and didn’t meet my needs for significance and heroism. In hindsight, however, I can see that God was in it all. He was using all this to lead me to a place where I had to face myself and my need of Him if I was going to make sense and meaning of my life.

The catalyst for my life change was going to a charismatic prayer group. Here I heard Catholics talk about God in a way I had never heard before. I had thought a personal relationship with Jesus was reserved for Mother Teresa types, not ordinary people. Yet here were army captains, society ladies with lots of make up and all kinds of people I didn’t approve of, seeming to have a close relationship with God. I thought they were a bit fundamentalist and fanatical.

At the same time as a journalist the key question is always not do you like something or not, but is it true? Their faith made me question my own. I realized I could justify and defend myself or I could admit the truth – that I was empty and hollow inside spiritually and that for all my outward practices I didn’t know God at all.

These people told me that if I wanted to receive the Holy Spirit the way the first apostles had, I needed to repent and give my life to Christ. I had always been a very moral person, so I didn’t really know what to repent of. I was also worried that nothing might happen, which could destroy the little faith that I did have. I realized I was faced with a choice. Did I want to run my own life as I had been doing, or was I prepared to hand it over to God and let his Holy Spirit direct me instead. Because that ultimately is what being a Christian is – someone who tries to live their life, guided by God’s Holy Spirit, instead of by their human desires and fears and needs.

Knowing about some of the techniques of thought reform from my university studies, I didn’t want these people brainwashing me or becoming involved in some kind of religious cult, so I determined to have my one-to-one with God alone. The night I chose was the feast of Pentecost, when the first apostles had received the Holy Spirit in a special way.

I remember as I sat in a small chapel that night, it was the first time I had seriously questioned my faith at all. Did God exist even? My prayer was very poor, but it came from the heart. In desperation I prostrated myself like priests do when they get ordained, as a kind of sign of my surrender to God. As I lay there I suddenly realized in depth of my being that it was all true. God was the creator of the universe and He was massive. And, despite all my good deeds, I had spent my life virtually ignoring Him and not paying Him the homage that was his due! At this realisation I really began to repent in horror at how I had lived and I promised henceforth to live my life totally for God and his kingdom.

My life was changed for ever that night. It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes and I began to see God and His loving providence everywhere, in even the smallest situations. My relationship with Jesus grew as I prayed and read the bible and the Mass became alive for me. In my own way I began to live the Acts of the Apostles. The more I prayed and trusted God, the more I saw happen and I knew the bible was true because I was seeing similar things myself.
My conversion experience happened 28 years ago, and over the years there have been times of difficulty and doubt and suffering. Deep in the core of my being, however, whatever is happening on the surface, I am at peace because I have real faith and trust in God. I don’t the fear the future, because I know whatever happens God is there with me and He will bring good out of it all.  “God made me to know him, love him and serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next.” This truth is the bedrock and guiding principle of my life and it is one that I wish everyone else might know and experience too. Thus instead of continuing in my old ambition of becoming a foreign correspondent, although I’m still a journalist, I work full time spreading the gospel through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Goodnews magazine, which I edit.

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