The Dissolution of the Soviet Union!
(A Happy Memory)
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey
“The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” Matt.1:16
We all watched with astonishment on TV in the early 90’s when we saw the German people tearing down the wall that that separated their country and saw communism begin to fall throughout Soviet Union. What took years with man, God broke with His mighty hand in a moment. Within the next few years, we made three trips into Soviet Russia and the Ukraine that made an impact in my life.
One of our trips to the Ukraine involved flying into Moscow and jumping straight on a train for 2 days. (You heard me right) We were to travel to a small town called Khilminski. One could imagine how we all looked after three days of no showering and not eating a decent meal but actually we fit right in with everyone around us.
The hunger these people had for Christ immediately overwhelmed you. We brought hundreds of Bibles to pass out, held outside open air gatherings with a small sound system and church meetings at night. Everywhere we went it was so easy to get a crowd! Because their infrastructure was weakened, the stores were empty of food. Even clothing and other necessities were just not available so really our team became the main attraction in every city we went to. Frank and I were amazed how that for years during the cold war, our country was in fear of this nation destroying us but around us we saw people suffering under a bondage that not only stripped them of the physical things but created a spiritual starvation. I remember as a little girl having “bomb drills” at school where we all would line up in the hallways putting our head between our legs. But God had us right smack in the midst of a mighty outpouring. For the first time since the 1940’s the gospel could be preached from the rooftops no less in the mighty Soviet Union.
On one of the trips we were able to have a crusade in a large field. We all had drawn very close to the few converts and the small church there in the city. As we all began to worship a strong wind begin to blow through that place. It was definitely the Holy Spirit doing something amazing with the people. Little did we realize that very same wind would visit us back in Nola just a few years later. It’s amazing once you feel His touch, you know it the rest of your life. One girl comes to my mind, while I was preaching out in the open square on Mary Magdalene, she stepped up to me crying, saying she was tired of the street life and wanted this Jesus. She eventually came to the states and was given a chance to have a new life.
Take what you have been given you pass it on, you just never know, you just might be right smack in a tremendous move of God.