"Hello dear friend!

I would like to tell you a story, which may be similar to something, which has happened or may happen to you. My life currently is interesting, wonderful and amazing but I can assure you life has not always been like this.

My name is Denis and I'm 27 years of age. I was born an urban child, became an urban teenager, and then developed into a streetwise, urban young man. My family consisted of my mum, dad and a younger sister, who is in a wheel chair. I came from a loving home, in which my parents endeavoured to provide me with everything that a Russian young man would need; things were good. I liked sport, studied well, was in good standing with everyone and most importantly, the girls liked me. Everything was going so well for me.

However, in 2001, my friends introduced me to drugs. Due to peer pressure, I started taking the so-called soft drugs but after a while I was hooked and addicted to many of the serious mainstream drugs.

Over the next six years, my life changed dramatically. I saw life's negative side and helped to develop that side in a very active way.

I thank and praise God for the believing churches, which had organised outreach and a social ministry to addicted people. Having come to the lowest point in my life, I learnt that it was possible for me to be admitted to one of the rehabilitation centres. Therefore, on 2nd July 2007, I went to the rehabilitation centre in the district KSM of Novosibirsk city. God, by His spirit worked with me and on the 4th July 2007, he touched my heart and I saw my need for Christ, I saw my sinful condition. I repented of my sin and became part of God's family. After six weeks, I started helping the leader of the rehabilitation centre. Having spent three months there, I went back home not wanting any more help or further ministry. The next year and a half saw me going through many difficult and trying times as the things of God were now not part of my life.

Thanks be to God! He had not given up on me.

On the 23rd October 2008, I went to another rehabilitation centre in the town of Bagan. Analyzing all that had happened to me previously concerning my conversion, I realised that the first time I accepted Jesus Christ it was not with my heart, but with my mind, but this time it was all so different. Praise the Lord! Life now is interesting, wonderful and an amazing thing, because it is a life with God. What a thrill to trust in Him and to confide in Him. He helps me to live, love, and to have joy for every moment. I came from a life, which seemed to mean nothing to a life, which means everything. Realising that this world and all who are in it are the creation of a Holy God and realising the sacrifice and suffering Jesus Christ went through, I go forward with hope and joy wanting to serve Him.

If you don't know God in your life, I feel for you. You may be successful, you may be rich or poor, you may be a drug addict like me, or even a successful sportsperson but it all counts for nothing, my friend, if you live without God. You have never been truly happy and you don't know the true meaning of life.

Just think to yourself, who are you? What do you live for? What is going to happen to you after you die? Why not seek God and put your trust in Him?"

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8