Vanya: A True Story
"'The Lord has told me to speak for Him wherever I am and not to be silent. This confirms what our pastors say when they preach that we must witness to God's love and not be fearful about consequences. Stefan spoke of this tonight—that we are all to preach the gospel wherever we are: in school, in our work, wherever, following the examples of the prophets and apostles.'
"Vasiliy hesitated before he spoke. At last he turned, smiling slightly to his son. He leaned toward him, and after a long embrace replied, 'So you must obey God, Vanya. So we will pray.'"
From Myrna Grant's Vanya
Out of the dark shadows of Soviet atheism rose a fearless young man whose boldness for Christ would make him a testimony to millions of believers around the world. This is the true story of Ivan (Vanya) Moiseyev, a soldier in the Soviet Red Army who was ruthlessly persecuted and incarcerated for his faith. Through two years of trial and torture, he never denied his Savior, and he never hesitated to share the Gospel with anyone who would listen.
Vanya's death was an event out of the ordinary, and it turned the attention of thousands, probably millions of people all over the world, to the Soviet Union and its religious policy. The murder of this young Baptist was not an everyday occurrence. It was a brutal act, revealing the fear and anger of a small number of men in authority.
Twenty years after his martyrdom, Vanya's powerful testimony – which included angelic visitations and a miraculous appearance of the apostle John – continues to change lives. You'll be inspired to live for Christ in your own world as never before after you experience the gripping story of a believer named Vanya.
Precious Christian Example
Posted by Unknown on 17th Mar 2013
Vanya's life is a plain, though powerful, example of the soul who seeks Jesus' will and no more on this earth. And is a great demonstration of what Jesus can do with the believer who loves Him more than himself or any thing in this world.
Posted by Vanya Seeradas on 14th Mar 2013
Powerful! This is book about God's faithfulness to His own in spite of suffering, persecution and death. It is about one man's relationship with the Living God, to whom he had abandoned himself totally. It's a book about what is truly important and worth clinging to when there is absolutely no other hope. I read the story of Ivan Moisyev years ago with tears, awe and humility and the memory of Ivan's story of faith, suffering and, ultimately, martyrdom for the cause of Christ still haunts me. It left behind on my soul the burning questions, "If I were faced with such terrible persecution how would I respond? Would I remain faithful to Christ to the point of death? Could I really love and forgive those who might so terribly persecute me?". All these years later I'm left with the challenge to be willing to surrender everything, including my life to God in Christ