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Testimony of prisoner

I serve a life sentence in prison in town Sol-Iletsk (Orenburg Region). Before reading the “Conversations” I believed somewhere deep inside, but after doing the course, it became easier to understand God’s Word. I studied at school only for for years, but with the “Conversations” I better understand the basics of Christianity. The course helped me know more about God. There are questions and answers to those questions.

When I was reading Bible or New Testament, I didn’t understand many things written, but the “Conversations” explain really thoroughly. I read Bible every day, I don’t swear, don’t smoke, help my cellmates. I need your help with finding a church, since I think it is better to communicate with believers and become stronger in my faith. Our Lord changes even the worst of criminals, we read about that in Apostle Paul’s Epistle. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world to save me, He gave His life, took my sins, and cleansed me of all the dirt, and gave me eternal life.

Once I got really sick. It was decomposition of lungs. Blood blew from throat. I was moved to prison hospital. Doctors said it was my time to die. I prayed staying in bed. I didn’t get up, doctors stopped giving me any medicine. But God heard me and gave me another chance. In some time I became stronger, started getting up. Doctors couldn’t believe I got better. And since then I have believed in God, I try not to sin and to live according to how He wants us to live. Human beings always look for trouble and create problems for themselves, that is why I have chosen to be with God and I am grateful to Him for everything.

I am sending my photo with this letter. It is the only copy I have. Can you please make some extra copies and send them back to me. My brothers in faith ask me for my photo, but I cannot give it to them.

Thank you! May God bless you!

Erdenkov Ilya Mikhailovich

Seminar in Vyborg

Seminar in Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Vyborg. The seminar was mostly attended by youth. Its topic was “Apologetics as the mean of evangelism”.

Comparison of two points of view: creationism and evolutionary theory. Proving impossibility of life originating from non-living material due to the second law of thermodynamics. The entropy increase law in the open system.

Impossibility of evolving due to impossibility of new information to appear on its own. Validity of Creation theory. Necessary information was “loaded” into the living creatures during the Creation.

All main stages of Creation are written in the 1st chapter of Genesis. John 1:1-3 says that everythign was created by the Word, and the word if Logos, in other words knowledge, data – information.

Apostle Paul in Colossians writes that all things have been created through Him and for Him, and in Him all things hold together. “Him” means Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. Which means, that every person needs Jesus if they want to have eternal life.

There were many question about different aspects of Creation asked. The youth leader Andey Myasischev told an interesting story how he came to Church.

Several years ago he read that the secon law of thermodynamics contradicts evolutionary theory. He got interested in the topic. So he came to the Lutheran Church to find out the reason and how could our world appear. And he stayed in the Church.