Testimonies Of Jon & Larissa Zwingel
Psalms 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
I was called to preach in the spring of 2001 and then later called to the Russian mission field in fall of 2001, while I was on a mission trip to Belarus. God broke my heart for the broken people of Russia and Belarus! I will never forget my burden that God put upon my heart on 9/11/01. It is the Russian people, dying and going to the very same hell that the terrorist which flew those planes into the towers.
TV Ministry (King James Bible Hour and Creation Science)
Retirement Home Ministry; Prison Ministry; Preaching in other Baptist churches; Visitation/Personal soul winning and street preaching
Larissa has served as a missionary to the Russian orphans for 7 years, as well as holding ladies Bible studies with her former home church in St. Petersburg. She also served as a translator in mission campaigns
Education: Bachelor of Theology (2004); Slidell Baptist Seminary. Slidell, LA.
Anniversary Date: March 6, 2004
Birth days: Jon — November 30 Larissa — February 12
I grew up in a Lutheran home, where my father was a pastor for many years. He passed away in 1981 when I was 10 years old. At that time we were living in Warmen Saskatchewan, Canada. My mother then moved herself and I to Kenmare, North Dakota. Back to the state where I had been born, and where my brother was raising his family. I was your average kid all the years I grew up in Kenmare. Going to school, having friends and playing sports was my life as I worked on a farm during the summer months. When I was 18 years old, I was walking through my mom living room and a thought entered into my mind. What was going to happen to me when I die? I didn’t know at that time, but the Lord began to work on my heart. I grew up with a couple friends that were saved, but they never really witnessed to me. But I know they were praying for me. After high school I went to college for 4 years and graduated to be a Electrical Lineman. I moved to Ponca City Oklahoma to start my new career and was there for one year until my mother became sick. It was then, I moved back to Kenmare to be with her and take care of her during her illness. During that stay I really began wanting to know more about the Lord and would watch certain preachers on TV. It was all I had, and the Lord used that time to bring the gospel to me. After about a month of hearing preaching, I was really struggling with salvation. I didn’t want to give up my party life and friends, but sin was wearing me down and God was drawing me closer to Him. So at the age of 23 in my mothers living room. Where at the age of 18 I was scared of dying, I was born again by faith, receiving Jesus as my personal Saviour. I have been thankful ever since.
Larissa grew up in a Communist home in the former Soviet State of Belarus. Belarus is now an independent country, but still suffers from persecution today. Larissa’s father was an officer in the Soviet Red Army until retiring in 1985. Her mother was born again in 1986 after she was almost killed in a car accident. And in 1986, Larissa graduated from high school at the age of 16. It was pressure from her mother to be saved, thus making Larissa wanting to leave home for college. During her time in college the Lord was dealing with her heart, and knew her mother had been praying for her. Larissa was working during school at a Chemical Lab, and it was there, Larissa realized that there was a God of creation and that nothing is made by accident. After graduation, she moved back home to Brest, Belarus in 1991. She found a small group of believers that held Bible studies for college aged people. It was in 1993 when Larissa found herself needing the Saviour and could see the love of Christ in these people. So at the age of 21, Larissa received Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour.
Would you add us to your prayers? Our burden is to show the love of Christ to the people of the former Soviet Union. Jesus loved Larissa and I so much, and to die for us is something we will never get over for the rest of our lives. If you have been born again, we are sure you are grateful to Christ. But what about a Russian, Belorussian or Ukrainian? Can they say the same? Sadly to say most of them can’t. Would you help us reach them with the love of Christ?
Pastor, we would love to set a meeting with you and present this need of salvation to Russia!
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