“put off your old nature with its deeds. put on your new nature and be RENEWED as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
- UNSCRIPTED exchange MINISTRIES
Galina’s passion is to encourage, inspire and to come alongside others in the pursuit of God’s perfect will and His Kingdom. Over the past four years the focus of Galina's ministry was in Cuba where her goal is to provide support and encouragement to small rural churches and new church plants who often lack the resources and training opportunities. Galina is currently registered as a Global Volunteer with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. She holds a diploma from Christ for the Nations College, Minsk Belarus and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from York University, Canada. Galina lives with her daughter and husband in Niagara Region and calls Kingsview Community Church in Stoney Creek her home.
I was born and grew up in a small country of Belarus which at that time was one of the republics of the former Soviet Union. I happen to belong to the last generation of boys and girls brought up under the country's Communist rule. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I not only witnessed by also experienced the decline and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.
I was brought up in a family of devoted members of the Communist party and as a child I was taught that religion and faith were poisonous, and that Jesus was a fictional character created by uneducated people who were too weak to handle the challenges of life.
I first heard about Jesus as a Savior who could change people’s lives when I was a teenager in the early 1990s. The Soviet Union collapsed just a few years prior. Belarus gained its independence, religious laws were loosened and the borders were opened up to a number of North American missionaries. I clearly remember the day when one of my classmates told me that there was a group of Americans gathering in a school building every week in the evening. She said these Americans were giving away potatoes for free and that they were also talking about Jesus. As a newly-established country, Belarus was going through a period of severe deficit – the stores were empty. Each family was issued special coupons by the government that allowed us to go to a store and buy food, but very often we couldn't use the coupons because there was no food to buy. The fact that someone was giving away potatoes with no coupons required and for free was a good enough reason for me to go to one of those weekly gatherings.
As I was listening to missionaries' testimonies about their love for Jesus I could see so much joy and freedom and purpose in their hearts! I knew they had something that I wanted but didn’t have. That day I prayed and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. I was looking for free potatoes, but I found a living God instead. My life has never been the same.
God changed my heart. The circumstances of my life, however, remained the same. For many years people of Belarus lived in severe poverty. I saw people around me coping with difficulties by turning to drugs, alcohol and domestic violence. My family was not an exception and from my early childhood I had to deal with physical and emotional abuse.
I was very young and it was difficult to make sense of life around me. On many occasions I thought that life was too dark and too difficult to endure. It was in those difficult moments when God started to reveal Himself to me as my Provider, my Sustainer, my Strength, my Lord and my Friend. He was always by my side, through good and bad. He was with me when I left everything behind and moved to Canada at the age of 20. He was with me when seven month pregnant I lost my child in a car accident. He was with me when my daughter Ksenia was born several years later.
God's faithfulness in the past gives me hope for the future. I know that He is in control no matter what. I know that nothing can separate me from His love. I know that my weary soul can always find rest in the shelter of His presence as I surrender my life to Him and seek to do His will.