Here you can read our personal testimonies how my wife and I became believers.
Testimony of Tateos.
Before I came to know Christ in 1991, at the age of 20, I had many questions such as: How was man created, is there any order or sense in the universe, what is the meaning of life, why is man born when only death follows, is there life after death, etc. Because of these questions and interest I read philosophical, psychological and scientific books. I was looking everywhere for a logical and intelligent explanation. I was in the army when communism fell and the “changes” in my country started. After that I started my own business that appeared to be very successful.
One day I met a man who was sharing Christ everywhere with everyone. That was very strange for me – to find an intelligent person believing in God. Immediately, I started arguing with him. I liked provoking him in order to know his point of view. The man’s arguments were completely based on the Bible; he was quoting it all the time. Our disputes lasted for 3 months – every single day. After a while he gave me a New Testament and told me first to read it and then we would discuss it.
I started reading the New Testament with only one purpose – to find discrepancies and mistakes. I wanted to show that the author of this book was not God, but was written by men. At that time my belief was that the Bible was written for the old or ignorant people that are duped and could be easily deceived.
But when I got to Matthew, chapter 5, I was shaken by the depth, wisdom, perfection and completeness of Jesus’ words. None of “my” philosophers, psychologists and scientists could compare. I was reading and rereading the words of Jesus through the entire nights. I felt like these words of Jesus were changing something physically inside of me. Everything inside of me was shaken and challenged by Him. I had to decide who this Jesus was: was He a liar, or was He Lord, Savior and God? At the end of the Gospel of John, I knew what to do. In December 1991, I asked the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of my unbelief and my sins and I received Him as my Lord and Savior.
Since that time, my life has been completely changed. I found the answers to all my questions and to the thousands more that I had after that time. After seeing what Jesus did for me I committed myself to serving the Lord. I could see answers to my prayers. I saw His mighty hand to be faithful and perform miracles. The Bible became my Book of books. Thank God for what He has done for me and that I can know Him and serve Him alone.
I met my wife Milena and I got married on December 08, 1996. We have two lovely daughters. We are believing, following, and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
Testimony of Milena.
I grew up in an atheistic communist family. My father was a colonel in the Bulgarian army. I was raised with the idea that there is no God. Even though I tried many things I could not find satisfaction. After a while, it became clear to me that those things would and could never fulfill me.
In 1988, a year before the fall of communism, I was in my fourth year at the university. A colleague of mine told me about Jesus. I went to her church only to check the things out that she told me about. It was like nothing I had experienced before. Until that moment, I had never heard such words. There was something that attracted me, so I decided to continue going in order to understand what kind of people were there and what kind of philosophy of life they had.
After several services I preferred to spend time with my new friends rather than the old ones. One day, after communion, when I went back home, I felt such guilt because of my sin. I could see Jesus hanging on the cross, and it was like I nailed Him there. I knelt down, poured out my heart before the Lord crying for forgiveness. I could see His goodness and love flowing to me and I felt so unworthy. He gave me grace and forgave me. The burden in my heart was taken away and everything inside of me became new. The emptiness flew, the heaviness was gone and there was only peace and comfort. There was only Jesus… and I had finally found what I was missing… true fulfillment and satisfaction.
He is still and will be forevermore the Master of my soul and the Lord of my heart.