For 49 years Mira Gracheva did not know God. She was born and raised in Moldova (formerly part of the Soviet Union) into a Soviet Jewish family. However, she was never taught anything about God or what it meant to be Jewish. As a little girl, she was convinced there was no God though she was grateful for the miracle of life. Her mother died when she was 16 and although she was left alone in a rough world, she always sensed “someone” keeping her safe. She was married, had two daughters, a grandson and was living a peaceful life when after 22 years of marriage her husband left her.
One day while on a bus reading a book called “How to Be Happy,” a man sat down next to her and began to share about Jesus. After many weeks and many conversations with this man, the Lord revealed Himself to her and she accepted Christ as her Savior. She did not understand much then but knew that Jesus was alive and that she had experienced the touch of His love.
The Lord was quick to reveal His plan for Mira’s life. While in prayer, the Lord said,”You will be a blessing to other cities and countries. I will bring people to you, and you will lead them to Me.” She did not quite comprehend the meaning of those words at that time, but soon after she was invited to join a Jewish evangelism campaign in St. Petersburg, where she led her first 20 people to the Lord.
In over 16 years of service, she has taken part in many evangelical campaigns around the world. Thousands of people have invited Christ into their hearts, most of them Jewish! Mira also started a Bible study group in her home, a small Jewish group which has grown to become the Messianic community “Dawn of Zion!” with Mira as a community leader. Each year Mira hosts special Jewish holiday celebrations where many Jewish people come to believe in Jesus as Messiah. Mira plays a key role in the Messianic work in Moscow. It brings Mira great joy to be a part of God’s battle for the salvation of souls. Her prayer is, “Lord, give me a person and I will take him to you.”
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