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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 - Richard Vašečka

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Teacher of religion and a leader of New Jerusalem community www.nj.sk

I was born in Bratislava where I lived till I finished a high school. I have four younger sisters. I come from a traditional catholic environment – it means we all received Christian sacraments (baptism, confirmation…), participated at holy masses, celebrated Christian feasts, prayed together in a family and I also assisted as a ministrant. Faith for me was something I considered right and about what I didn’t have doubts because I trusted my parents. I normally actively participated in the Church, as much as it was possible. I attended secret religious groups meetings already as a primary school student, even there was a threat of a sanction for it (because of a study at a high school or a university). Despite all these things I lived my practical life without a personal relation with God until about 16 years. But I did my best to live according Christian morals and to keep God’s and Church commandments. 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.

A change came at a secondary grammar school, when during the first summer holidays after fall of a communist regime I took part at a youth spiritual event in Podolinec. A clear testimony of my mates about God’s love touched me very much there. I felt that their words that God loves me and personally is interested in me are sincere and true. Then I believed and found out for the first time that God loves me personally.

It was especially important for me to know that God is really interested in me – my feelings, desires, problems and not only my religious performance, whether I go to church, whether I keep commandments.

Few months later I took part at another Christian event in Bratislava where a preacher was talking about a man called Bartimej and about how Jesus changed his life. At the end he addressed present people with a bidding that this same Jesus also wants to enter into our lives. I felt that this call was addressed to me and so I answered it: I came forward, I prayed with some other people to Jesus and I invited him to enter into my life. I know that then he accepted my invitation and I started to live a new life. I made the first step of a faith, a decision to build my life on Jesus with all consequences. Looking back I can say that this was a moment of my rebirth and moth after moth I could also see some changes.

The first change was about knowing God. I really started to know what God is; his leading, his attitude towards me – not only theoretically, from books and sermons, but from his acting in my life. It happened at prayer, at reading Bible, in the midst of a community of other believing Christians. I was touched the most by knowing God as my almighty Father: an experience that he accepts me and loves me the way I am, that he forgives me, that he is my advisor and a support, that he leads me and gives me wisdom necessary for life and also a security that I really can rely on him and doesn’t have to be afraid of future, of my mistakes and sins too. His guidance showed up also at my selection of a university. To this day I rate the fact that I left Bratislava to study in Presov as one of my best decisions in my life.

The second change was about working of the Holy Spirit in my life. In a course of two years I was confronted with a reality that my Christianity was right indeed but as if it was missing the third dimension, colour or taste. Now I know I was missing a power of the Holy Spirit. I experienced filling up by the Holy Spirit for the first time after a prayer of brothers and sisters when I was 19. As there were several of us having this same experience in the time, the Christian community developed out of us very quickly and without any big human activity. And this was the third big change. All three last continuously till today.

The Holy Spirit brought into my Christianity a completely new dimension indeed. The Bible suddenly came to life for me! I started to understand it and suddenly those words were about my life. The Holy Spirit was also creating in me a desire to talk about Jesus to others and mediate to them an experience that I had gained. Particularly these things showed up by every day prayer, reading of the Scriptures and by organizing Christian happenings for school mates.

After finishing school I got married to one of my school mates and sisters from the Christian community. I also see our marriage with Martuska as a fruit of God’s guidance. Already before graduation exams and a wedding we prayed and asked the Lord to show us where we should serve him and he answered us – we received an offer to go to Zilina. Although we had also other more realistically looking offers, when praying for this thing we experienced peace and assurance that Zilina was the place where God wanted us. From a human point of view it looked very weird: we had no place to live at, I had only a verbal promise of a job and Martuska had no job. We came to Zilina with one backpack. God (I believe it was him) took care of our housing (very nice and cheap at the same time), we both got a job in a short time. And all this happened without big arrangements. Once when I was then going through ads for housing, a sudden peace entered into my heart and a thought:

“Don’t worry… Everybody is taking care of such things – but nobody is taking care of God’s Kingdom. So you take care of God’s Kingdom and I will take care of everything you need for life.”

I can testify that it really was a God’s word for us and God fulfilled and fulfils it. Today we have four children, a big house in a nice environment, two decent cars, we go for vacations. We live well – not in a luxury, rather modestly but we miss nothing and we really are satisfied in all aspects.

When somebody is asking me: “How did you make it?”, I answer him: In such way that it wasn’t me who did it! God did it.”

It doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t work, try, strive and only would wait with stuck out hand. But if somebody said to me right after finishing school and after a wedding that my task was to reach such results in 12 years, I would surely refuse it and consider it unreal and unproportional to my abilities. But God gave me a promise that he will lead me and thus it also happened. We never run after money and property but we always prayed with Martuska for what Lord wanted. I remember that also in moments of crisis when I couldn’t see light and I was frustrated and exhausted, I prayed at the end:

“God, I will do what you will say!”

I meant it not only in spiritual matters but also in earthly ones. We pray also with children for health, work, a school, vacations, a car and we ask Lord to show us what he has prepared for us and to guide us in these and other matters.

As is it in a life of every man, there are crisis, bad success and sufferings in our life too. However thanks to belief in almighty Dad we have never given way to despair. When looking at things around me and into the future I am not in a power of fear. Not that I wouldn’t realize how many bad things happen in the world but I believe that God, who led his Son through a death on a cross, will lead me through my life too. He will not let destroy me or my dear ones by something or somebody.

When I converted, God and his work charmed me so much that I wanted to serve him fully. It started already at a secondary grammar school. I automatically supposed that I will become a priest, later I added to it an idea about a religious life. It didn’t even occur to me to pray for such an “obvious” thing – God after all “wants for sure” for possibly every believing boy, who is serious about him, to become a priest or a religious. But few “confusions” in my life disturbed this idea and they led me to finally asking God about this thing too. And God, to my great surprise, even a shock, clearly spoke to my heart:

“Richie, your plan is nice but I have for you something better.”

A desire to serve God in full has stayed in my heart till today and I live it too. I am a teacher of religion at a Church grammar school (I got there not by my doing too), a leader of the Christian community, and I cooperate with others from a local Church. Any time I look back in my life, I clearly see, that it was God’s will and God’s plan for me. And I am very happy that my plan and idea wasn’t fulfilled, but his did. He after all knows my heart the best.

I also encourage you to look for God, not to be afraid to long for him and to have a heart always open for him. Jesus says:

“Who is searching, will find.”
And at another place a Bible says:
“You will be looking for me and you will find me; if you search for me with all your heart, I will let you find me.”

It is not that you have to find God. He will find you! If you have a heart longing for God, conceding that it needs him and can’t reach fulfilment without him, call him. He gives his promise to everybody:

“Call to me and I will hear you and announce you great, indescribable things about which you don’t know.”
And also:
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Ps 145,18)

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