“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal 2:20)
I was born in Communist Romania in 1954. Like most of my contemporaries I was a convinced atheist. I did not believe in God. We were thought in school that there is no God, no devil, no heaven or hell. We were also told that there is nothing like the ‘spirit world’. This was our ‘destiny’: work very hard and leave something to our children. That was life as it was explained to us. I believed it! I met Richmond Leigh, my future husband, a Nigerian, in the medical school. We were classmates. We got married in the second year of medical school. We had two children, John and Alina. We graduated and came to Nigeria in 1980. We had Jemine, another daughter, in Warri. We both worked as doctors here between 1980 and 2000. When I came here, I was surprised how religious the Nigerians were (Christian, Muslim and Pagan). I saw their religion as an effect of illiteracy and poverty. I did not see a Bible before I came to Nigeria. My patients preached Christ to me. It always upset me. I ignored, resisted and rejected the religion of my patients. But against all odds, the Holy Spirit arrested me! He convicted me of my sins, especially of pride, unbelief and self righteousness. So, I became saved on the 14th of March, 1986, thru a crisis conversion. The old me died on that Cross where my Savior shed His Blood for me. A month later, the Holy Spirit filled me! Since then, my new life is a testimony to the grace and the power of the only Living God! My husband reconciled with God too. Both of us left our medical professions and entered into full time ministry. We founded Father’s House Bible Church, Effurun/Warri. (He is in heaven now).
What is the lesson? No religion, no doctrine, no teaching, no philosophy or social theory can stand against the name of Jesus Christ! Jesus always wins! To God be all the glory!
(In the picture, Richmond Sisan Leigh (Tali) and I; about 2000)