Thursday, June 9, 2011
Suffering of Nadejda Sloboda
Sometime in the 1960's, Nadejda Sloboda told her neighbor to come to her house and listen to the radio with her. Her reason? "A man is preaching the Word of God from the Bible, and these broadcasts are changing my life.
Slobada was the first one in her village in the U.S.S.R. to come to Christ from radio broadcasts transmitted to her village. Her zeal for Christ started a church in her community. The church grew to the point of police supervision so that other communities wouldn't hear about it. Because of this, her children were taken to an Atheist school and she was thrown in prison for four years.
Slobada was active in sharing her faith to her fellow prisoners. Because of this, she was forced to sleep on the cold concrete with no mattress. It's said that prisoners sleep standing up with their foreheads against the walls in order to get the best type of sleep. Prisoners find it very difficult to sleep in these conditions. She also was forced to perform difficult labor. The Communist guards thought she would breakdown from the lack of sleep and extreme labor, but her faith never shrunk.
She says that the way she endures it is when she lies on the floor she trusts in God, and it becomes warm around her. "I rest in the arms of God."