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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 - Mary Matthews
Belfast Christian Family

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Wife of former protestant pastor David Matthews and mother of 4 children.

David bol 43 rokov pastorom evanjelikálneho zboru v Írsku a v Anglicku. V Belfaste, v čase teroristických konfliktov medzi protestantmi a katolíkmi sa David pýtal Pána (v roku 1974), že čo robí v jeho generácii. Pán Davidovi ako protestantskému pastorovi povedal pre neho veľmi prekvapivú vec: „Krstím rímsko-katolíkov v Duchu Svätom.” David začal slúžiť katolíkom a Boh si ho používa na k vyliatiu Ducha Svätého. David sa v roku 2011 katolíkom. Žije 43 rokov v manželstve s Mary s ktorou majú spolu 4 deti.

The men threw themselves on the floor. There it was again: the sound of gunfire close by. This was no ordinary church leaders meeting! This was Belfast, Northern Ireland in the late 1970’s.

Bombs, bullets and death were a daily occurrence in our society, as the I.R.A. blew up hotels, bus stations, crowded restaurants and pubs and planted explosives in the cars of policemen, politicians and prominent national figures including a bomb in the holiday boat of Lord Mountbatten the uncle of the Queen.

Protestant Para-military organisations retaliated, by murdering innocent Catholics found in the wrong area at the wrong time, committing terrible atrocities. Protestants were also at great risk in Catholic areas. In the middle of all this “Belfast Christian Family” was born, two thirds protestant and one third Roman Catholic.

My husband David and I married in January 1969, the year ‘the troubles’ began in Northern Ireland. David was ordained as a minister in an evangelical church and our home was an apartment above our little church in Belfast.

Then God began to baptise people in the Holy Spirit. People in our congregation had ‘words of knowledge’ and prophetic ‘pictures’ for each other.

“I see the steering wheel of a car with a leopard skin glove on it,” someone said,

“And the Lord is saying that you are about to buy a second-hand car, but the man selling it is not to be trusted, (can a leopard change its spots?) And you are not to buy it.

One of the ladies leapt to her feet. “That’s for me that’s for me!” she cried.

Other people were miraculously healed of physical illnesses. Our own baby daughter Avril was healed of a congenital hip condition.

The condition had been diagnosed at birth and she was fitted with a ‘brace’ that held her hips in position. “She will have to wear this brace for at least a year” they said.

We prayed and after prayer we knew that God had healed our baby but we continued to use the brace. At the next hospital appointment the doctors did further x-rays and scratched their heads. The consultant said,

“Well I don’t know what has happened but her condition no longer shows on her x-rays.” We knew what had happened! God had healed her!

Soon the bishops in our denomination began to take notice and to be upset.“This is not ‘our image’ they said. “We think you would be happier with the Pentecostals”

And so we were given the ‘right boot of fellowship.’ In those days being ‘Charismatic’ was not the acceptable thing that it is today. Our daughter was three months old at this time. With the job went our livelihood and our home.

We knew that we were not Pentecostal in doctrine and could not join a Pentecostal church so now we found ourselves out of fellowship with nowhere to go.

But God had his own plans!

The Lord had begun to speak to David about ‘church’ from the Book of Acts. Things like the early Christians living in community, meeting in each others homes, and us all being members of the Body of Christ, where every believer has gifting and a part to play in ministry.So we spent the next four years ‘making tents’ like St. Paul had done to earn a living as God taught us about these things. We also discovered that there were other Christians in England who were being taught the same things by the Holy Spirit.

God provided a brand new council house for us in Carickfergus, where our second daughter Joanne was born, and others began to join us in the little group that met in our home.

At the beginning of 1974 the Lord called us to move back into the city of Belfast taking our fledgling ‘house church’ with us, the first one in Ireland. God once again miraculously provided for us, giving us a large house in Ravenhill Park at the ridiculously low rent of ten pounds per week.

The Belfast we moved back to however was very different from the one we had left in 1970.

By this time Rioting in the city had escalated and rubber bullets and tear gas began to be used by the army on people who were using petrol bombs and nail bombs against them.

The IRA had shot dead the first British soldiers to be killed in the troubles. There was a high level of violence; shootings and bombings from both Loyalists and Republicans became a daily occurrence. This was the city we moved back to with our two young daughters.

The first thing that happened after we moved was we discovered that friends of ours from our old church days were living just down the street. They were continuing to meet with others from the group who had been baptised in the spirit, even though we had been out of touch with them for a number of years.

The Lord spoke to all of us and said that they were like sheep without a shepherd and David was like a shepherd without sheep. So with great joy we came together again. We began to meet in our new home and very soon even more people joined us.

About this time, David heard Arthur Wallis, a great pioneer of the Charismatic Renewal. He said “Find out what God is doing in your generation and do it with all your heart”. So my husband enquired of the Lord.

“What are you doing in my generation Lord?” To his great surprise the answer came.

“I am baptising Roman Catholics in the Holy Spirit.” This was worrying news for us. We had both been born on the Shankill Road, a Protestant stronghold in Belfast. We had never mixed with Roman Catholics and we were in the middle of a Civil War.

Now God was asking us to ‘cross the divide’. We began to attend ‘joint’ charismatic meetings at Queens University Church in the centre of Belfast. I will never forget shaking hands for the first time with a Roman Catholic brother. It was a huge step for me coming from my protestant background but God was on the move.

He quickly convicted us of the religious bigotry and prejudice that was a part of our blood-line, handed down from generation to generation; the superiority and racial pride that is at the heart of all prejudgment of people of a different colour, race or religion from our own.

We truly repented and found ourselves forgiven, cleansed and enjoying wonderful fellowship with our Spirit-filled Catholic brothers and sisters. Hugging nuns was wonderful!

One of the main characteristics of Catholic Renewal was the ‘charismatic prayer group.’ These had sprung up all over the country.

About this time we met up with some people from a prayer group across the city, in a strong Republican area. God quickly brought us together. As we enjoyed fellowship we began to explore ways that our two groups could come together more regularly.

We found that the secret was to emphasise the truths and practices that united us and agree to differ about the others. Some of these things were political as well as scriptural.

One of the big issues was the Eucharist (communion,) but the sixty or so people from a Protestant background continued to break bread together while our thirty or so Catholic brothers and sisters continued to attend mass and observe their obligations to their church. We all met together on Sunday and in small groups throughout the week.

Part of the practical arrangements involved things like ‘bussing’ people across the city to meet together in each other’s areas. The joint leaders team also met together in both Catholic and Protestant homes. They often came home late as they had to wait until it was safe to travel.

We prayed a lot for their protection in those days. The Lord reserves a special blessing for his children who meet together in unity across divides and we enjoyed happy hours of fellowship and fun together. So Belfast Christian Family was born.

We shared together in our weddings, infant baptisms, infant dedications, adult baptisms and even a few funerals. We shared picnics, lunches, and holiday conferences together. We were also involved in planning and running big Charismatic Conferences in the large Presbyterian hall in the centre of Belfast.

We enjoyed speakers such as Ralph Martin from Ann Arbor, Jean Darnell and Francis McNutt, and enjoyed lively spirit lead worship.

I would like to say that those days were all fun and fellowship, but everyday life in Belfast took its toll on all of us with much grief, many loses and serious pastoral issues to work through with people as the stresses of Civil War continued.

These pressures included the loss of loved ones through terrorism, men for whom the strain of serving in the security forces became too much and some people with a history in the Para-military organisations who were trying to extricate themselves from their violent past.

By 1980 I myself had four young children, (Ian was born in 1975 and Sarah in 1980), a busy church and a husband in full time ministry. We left Belfast with our family in 1981 as God called us to work in England.

I had lost a number of close family members either directly or indirectly through the ‘troubles’. God sustained me however, and eventually healed me from the low-level depression I had lived with for ten years during the 70’s.

David and I have continued to work with Catholic Renewal for almost forty years now and he is a regular speaker at ‘Celebrate’ an annual conference in Devon and at other conferences around the country and abroad. He has recently followed the leading of the Lord to become a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Charismatic Renewal and fellowship with Roman Catholic brothers and sisters has brought a wealth of joy to me that I would never have known in my narrow Ulster Protestant experience of God and the unity that God gives us is extremely precious. I feel greatly privileged to have been a part of that Unity.


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