Rali Jandarska

God Gave Me Life

I was raised in an atheist family. Even my grandparents did not think there was a God in this world. That’s why somehow in my mind I was convinced that this entire religious thing was an old legend and only old people could believe in it.

Because I was born under the communist regime they were really strict in keeping us away from any information about the Christian God or the Bible. If somebody saw you at church you could easily be thrown out of school or at least marked down for future discriminations. So I never thought about going there or had any interest in it.

My dream was to climb the ladder of success and to reach the top one day. That made me think what would happen at the end or in other words what if you get all this success and you die, would it matter to someone that you lived in this world? God was showing me that the self-centered life was meaningless.

When I was in 10th grade in high school God drew my attention to a poster inviting people to a lecture. When I arrived there I discovered that the talk was about Jesus Christ, and was delivered by American missionaries. I could not believe that adults could trust such a legend for their daily life. At the end they gave me a brochure with Bible verses, I really liked the Bible verses and through them God began to work in my heart.
One year later I moved three and a half hours away to the capital of Bulgaria Sofia to finish high school. My sister had also moved to Sofia for her freshman year at the Economic University. At the University she met some Christians and pretty soon became one of them. I still remember the day when she walked into my room and declared, From this day on I am a Christian and I wont lie any more. I had noticing changes in her life for the good, but when she said that I decided that it was time to rescue her from those kinds of friends.

I loved math and therefore logical thinking was important to me. Im sure that is why God challenged me to use my mind and to start investigating Christianity. First I started confronting my sister with hard questions and then I read the New Testament looking for contradictions. Well, as it happened to many others, instead of convincing my sister that her beliefs were not grounded I was convinced that Jesus Christ was Lord and everything that the Bible had to say was true and had perfect logic.

Soon after that I was involved in my church, growing in the Lord but missing something evangelism. I was involved in an evangelistic group but we did not know how to share our faith using simple words. Towards the end of the year we decided to stop trying to meet non-Christians but kept praying and fasting for the lost.

During that time I met a group of students, later I found out that they were with Campus Crusade for Christ. Their desire to share their faith and to grow in their relationship with God set my heart on fire quickly. They helped me to learn how to share the gospel in a simple way using the 4SL, how to follow up new believers, how to lead a Bible study and meet new students. And that was exactly what I wanted to know, because I was seeing the big need for a Savior among my colleagues and I wanted to do something about it.

CCC helped me to see the big picture and the greatness of Gods mercy. Through them God showed me what really matters in this world and how precious a man's soul is as Matthew 16:26 says, What will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? God made His will clear to me through this organization and the following verse in Daniel 12:2-3 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. He called me to be a missionary in the same field with the people who trained me and to invest my life in the future leaders of Bulgaria.