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Kaka

I need Jesus every day of my life. Jesus tells me in the Bible that without Him I cant do anything. I have the gift and capacity today to play soccer because God gave it to me.

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Ivona Škvorcová

I noticed a little lump on my neck and it changed my plans and my life. We will have to remove it, exclaimed my doctor. It is just a simple operation… I spent three days in the hospital and I waited three weeks for biopsy results. I wasn’t worried at all. I was a 22-year old university student, full of energy and vitality. I didn’t expect it could be something serious. On 22 February 2006 the doctor told me: “It is positive“. I didn’t even understand what it means. Everybody in my family was shocked – I had CANCER. I was confused. I had lots of questions and fears.

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Augustín Ugróczy

Hi everybody, whoever you are and wherever you are – YOU ARE DISCIPLES. That’s the way I call my boys and invite them at our regular PAJTA meetings.

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James Manjackal

He prayed: "Father in Heaven, send your Son Jesus now to this priest suffering from kidney T.B., kidney stones and infections and restore him complete health of body and soul". Then I thought in my mind that he might have seen the hospital chart where my sicknesses were reported!

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Róbert Slamka

I am 52 years old and I am a lawyer. I have a beautiful beloved wife, Helena, and 5 beautiful children, Róbert, Jakub, Andrej, Annamária-Rút, and Lukáš.

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Mudr. Silvester Krčméry CSc.

If I have to be punished for what I did – i.e. for the goodness, truth, and Christ – I wouldn’t choose the smallest punishment, but the most terrible one; I would be so happy if I could die for Christ, although I know that I am not worthy of such a great grace.

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MUDr. Emília Vlčková

I healed my daughter who had bronchitis, after antibiotics showed no effect. I had a wart and it disappeared on the following day after I had used my homoeopathic drugs.

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Vlado Žák

I knew about God, but I didn't know Him. I saw God only as a strict judge. One of the predominant feelings when I thought about God was a sort of fear. Today, I know I was completely wrong.

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Dominik Dobrovodský

Yes, bones were my life issue. I was born with a fracture. Since then I had several fractures during all my childhood, every time I fell down. I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I suffered a lot. But I also saw other people suffering. It was for me great life experience, great learning experience. During this experience I understood that God is always with me and He never abandons me. This attitude of praise became (and it is continuously becoming) my expression of love towards God.

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Nick Vujicic

I am thankful to have been born 31 years ago with no arms and no legs. I won’t pretend my life is easy, but through the love of my parents, loved ones, and faith in God, I have overcome my adversity and my life is now filled with joy and purpose.

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Jozef Demjan

When I was a child I was sexually abused by an older boy. We lived in poverty. I experienced occult practices, depression, homosexuality, and suicide attempts. Only faith in Jesus Christ brought light to my life.

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Marek Nikolov

The aim of the “Jesus Heals” prayer gatherings is experiencing the fact that God is Love. He is Love that wants to give itself to other people. God wants to show us His mercy even through healing, signs, wonders, and miracles.

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Rick Warren

People ask me: What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

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Renáta Ocilková

During chemotherapy I lost my menstrual cycle. After about half-a-year I asked my gynaecologist – oncologist about that. I was afraid I was going to badly react to his answer. He told me:
“It’s normal. Your menstrual cycles will never return.”

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Anton Srholec

Faith and love for Jesus and for his cause filled all my heart and I was ready to offer my life for this.

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Denis Blaho

I started to do fortune-telling and I said things that resulted to be truthful. I used to predict things that really happened in near future. Sometimes I read people’s thoughts. I disdained Christian religion. I had a bad opinion about believers and acquaintances who were not profound believers.

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Bohuš Živčák

Despite persecution during the Communist era (or actually because of Communist persecution) my search of God became a continuous adventure. Pilgrimage and travelling rather than studying. When I studied at high school God came dramatically closer to me.

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Veronika Barátová

I always have wonderful memories of my return to God; still today they are pretty important. Everything happened during my university studies at times of normalizing Communism.

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Oto Mádr

This epoch is not easy at all for Christians; but for big-format Christians it is a great and marvelous epoch. “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.“ In such glorious moments the Church sings to the Lord a heroic song of love and faithfulness. It is a privilege and a gift: to live just now, to love, and to fight.

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Lucia Tužinská

My core problem was – how can I trust God again?! How can I understand Him? What has happened? What we believed in before suddenly became not valid. We needed to reevaluate our faith from the foundation.

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Martin Hunčár

My conversion does not fall under the category “extraordinary”. I know you would like to hear about the miraculous conversion of a former drug-addicted or alcohol-addicted. I was neither drug-addicted nor alcohol-addicted. Maybe this is the reason why my conversion was even more miraculous.

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Dan Baumann

The beatings would start and they would be slapping in the face, hitting in the stomach, sometimes kicking. “I struggled with faith, ‘Was God with me? Did He love me? If God is good why would He allow me to go through this situation?

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Dária Miezgová

But I was also interested very much in the communist ideals as in something that surpassed the ordinary life. So I became a member of a communist party – because I was convinced and I wanted it. And in spite of the fact I went to church and believed in God. I did not feel it as a contradiction

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Matúš Demko

Then I directly felt that God is a living being, close to us. Back then, God, our Lord, clearly and expressly intervened into my life. He completely changed it. I became another person.

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Richard Vašečka

My grandfather from my mother’s side had a great influence on my life. Besides that he loved me very much and spent much time with me, he became my ideal and inspiration in a faith, but also in a male character.

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Branislav Škripek

I was born and brought up as an atheist and I can confirm that I had never been told me anything about God during my first 20 years of life. It was something that was an unknown concept for me.

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Sasa Patalakh

Drugs, sex, Ukrainian mafia, and prison…
“…the story of a young man from Ukraine freed by God…”

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Ondrej Tarana OFM cap.

I was indeed horrified that I don’t know God and His Love although I was ministering in the church.

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Dominic McDermott

Hearing from God through dreams. Biblical basis, Why God would use dreams, The process ...

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Štefan Esztergályos

I got more and more entangled in different occult practices. I applied myself to astrology, healing (reiki) and I practiced martial arts. Instead of prayer I meditated in solitude, which pulled me many times away from the life’s reality.

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Geoff and Gina Poulter

We had decided with a great sadness that we had to go where we were being fed and leave the Catholic Church. Just as we were about to make this public statement Geoff had an open vision which simultaneously was confirmed to Gina through a word from the Lord.

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P. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap

Something of the kind must happen once in our lives for us to be true, convinced Christians, and overjoyed to be so.

Story - Veronika Barátová
God is love

My name is Katarína – today I am sister Veronika from the Beatitudes Community.

I always have wonderful memories of my return to God; still today they are pretty important. Everything happened during my university studies at times of normalizing Communism. Back then I was neither unbeliever nor atheist; I think I was a good girl who was born in a Catholic family.

I did believe – although life with God – during adolescence – didn’t mean too much for me. I mean I wasn’t taking God too seriously... But what about Him? Was He taking me seriously?

In my early years as a university student, I managed to completely obscure the notion of the existence of God.

I felt I could happily live without God. I wasn’t missing Him.

At home – where we had a very sorrowful family experience – I used to pray. I prayed as a child, then as an adolescent girl. I asked God to intervene. But it looked like He couldn’t hear me. Was he powerless...?

School was over, far away from home... I rapidly started to take all this as a sort of liberation. I felt I was finally experiencing real life. I just wanted to taste every bit of “joy” life gives us. Nothingness and frustration were gradually filling up my existence, although in those early stages I refused to admit it. Once, after we spent the night having fun, I went to bed and fell asleep. I suddenly woke up and realized I felt quite bad. It had happened before – on several occasions. I usually have arrhythmias... But then, my heart was out of control. I thought I was going to faint. I felt that it was my last night and that I wouldn’t be alive in the next morning.

I was in a student residence, but I was alone in my room. I reached the corridor and sat on the stairs waiting for my last breath.

I said to myself: “If I have to die, at least somebody will find me in the morning”.

I was just sitting there. I was not realizing what was going on. Then, for the first time after quite a long while, I thought of God... God from the times of my childhood. This thought was accompanied by one only sentence: “If God really exists, and if I die now, I will certainly go to Hell” (later on, I realized that this is not a positive reason for conversion – but back then, I experienced just this).

I am not really able to describe what happened to me – all my repressed emptiness, my disgust against the way I lived, all my shallowness that led me to pretension and insincerity (for example, showing that I was strong enough to play with my wooers, just because I could do it) – all this stuff emerged in front of my eyes together with its nakedness and ugliness.

I survived. But something changed for good and forever. Unfortunately, I lived among students with strong bonds; I was not able to abandon them all at once. At the beginning, I started to secretly flee discotheques – at least something... Just like the publican, I silently slipped in the church in front of our student dormitory. Inside the church, I stayed in the back rows, in the most complete darkness, hidden behind a column – in order not to be seen by any of those “holy souls” who went to church. Indeed, young believers used to go to that church. I knew them by sight. I thought they were going to recognize me. We met them many times in front of the church, when me and my partygoer friends were going to the pub (or coming back from the pub).

In my mind, I used to call them “good church children” (partially making fun of them).

Later on, when God was strongly pushing me towards a complete change in my life, I prayed Him (still an unknown God, but at least I found Him...) to give me a chance to be noticed by those good church children... Indeed, at that time, I also needed human help in my new road. And they noticed me. It was my first fulfilled prayer... They welcome me in their community without judging me and without prejudices. Still today, I am extremely grateful to them for their gesture of acceptance.

They invited me to their meetings in the parsonage. What a courageous act! During harsh Communist period it was a very common thing to lay information against somebody. They actually didn’t know me. During my first visit in the parsonage I saw a huge book. I opened it. I read the following sentence:

“...Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love...” (1 John 4, 8).

I was amazed. It was the Bible. I knew. But I never read it before.

I remember that I immediately wrote down this sentence. It was always inside me. It was echoing within me – day and night: God is love – Whoever does not love does not know God... To know God means loving Him..., to love truly means to know God – and vice versa... Love and God cannot be separated... And this thought was always leading me! I was more and more realizing that all my previous life was not love... and it wasn’t even God! I really longed for love – to love, to be loved. But my previous life was nothing but hedonism and jugglery. My old life lasted until when something flashed into my mind! God told me that he is Love. He teaches me how to love: Him, people, and life!

But who is God? My desire to discover Him, to know Him, was like a fire inside me. It was such a strong desire that nobody could stop me. A wonderful phase of my life had just started: in quest of God – and through Him I was discovering myself, my new own dignity. I found myself in all those people (described in the Gospel) who were with Jesus: sinners, Pharisees, disciples... Through God I had a chance to rediscover the whole world, people, and the stars at night. I never thought before that those stars could witness of the beauty of God... I looked at them so many times before. Now, I couldn’t believe how it was possible that I perceived them as “simple stars”. It was just the beginning. I’ll never forget it. Week after week I went to the parsonage to read that Book. Just a small explanatory note: at that time, it wasn’t so easy to get a Bible. Nobody sold copies of the Bible. That’s why I wrote down all those wonderful words about God revealed in the speeches of Jesus or in the letters of St. Paul and St. John. I had a special workbook – the nicest workbook on the market. I learned those words by heart. That workbook was my Bible. And it was always with me.

As for the suffering within our family and in the whole world, I stopped asking God why... I was happy to know only one thing: I can live with Him – if I am with him I can experience everything, incl. suffering... God offers this chance to each single individual. When thinking about suffering I intuitively realized that the Devil exists as well and he aims to destroy what God created, incl. myself and my dears... When I understood this, I screamed against the Evil:

“I am not going to cease – you won’t win! God is here – that’s all! You have got no chances!”

Does it look childish or rude? Well, just try to take conviction away from somebody... And I invoked God’s mightiness to descend on me, my dears, and more and more people...

Plenty of good things followed up... I would sum them up in one only sentence:

God started to teach me how to live, how to be really glad – not just looking for pleasure.

Many of the past common pleasures remained. God made them purer – He transformed them. Even today, thirty years later, I live the same experience: with my God I will survive. ONLY with him I will survive! To live with Him, to suffer, to fight, to walk during the day or at night – all this is one only life that is worth it to live. This life is never-ending, just like our encounter and knowledge of God’s beauty – love...


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