A Jewish artist who has been longing for a father in his life receives Jesus after praying the Lord’s prayer.
In an interview with the YouTube channel, “SO BE IT!,” Dima shared about his testimony of how he came to know Jesus Christ. Though his family has a Jewish background, he grew up not practicing the religion. He grew up in the Soviet Union in a family who never mentioned anything about God or their Jewish roots.
At the age of four, Dima’s father, who was an alcoholic, took his own life. His mother and grandmother tried to hide the reason for his death from the poor child. Losing his father greatly affected his life.
“The feeling of missing that figure in my life never went away,” he recalled.
Move to Israel
When he was 11 years old, his family had to move to Israel, and that’s when he knew that they were Jewish. Dima had a hard time adjusting to his new environment and turned to his artistic skills to cope with his classmates. Eventually, art became an idol to him.
The artist was at a dark phase in his life at the age of 18 when he learned the truth about his father’s death. It further devastated him.
“Everything I knew in life was suddenly a lie. All those lies that have been telling to myself about the emptiness of existence, this suddenly started taking over.”
Received Jesus Christ
That’s when he tried to call upon God. He took a Russian prayer book that he received from a family friend who is an Orthodox Christian. Upon reading the first words in that prayer book, Dima knew it was what he needed to pray at that moment: “Our Father in heaven.”
“It was a moment when I realized that I desperately need a father that I never had… He is my Father, that He was always there for me. It’s the moment that I fell on my knees and I cried and I said, ‘Well if You are our Father in heaven, I need you.'”
At that moment, he encountered the presence of the Lord and his life started to change. Dima later found a Bible study group and a church. Today, he now works as a Christian animator for “Jews for Jesus” to share the Gospel with every Jew in a creative way.
Reference: YouTube | SO BE IT!
Header Image: SO BE IT! [@SOBEIT32AD]. Jewish Artist. YouTube, February 10, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJTflbRwero