My name is Alexander Kolinkovsky. I am 34 years old. I am a medical doctor and work in hygiene and preventive toxicology in Danylo Halitski Lviv National Medical University. I teach hygiene, preventive medicine, human ecology, and toxicology to medical students, doctors, and graduate faculty.
I first read the Bible when given a little pocket New Testament at school by the Gideons. I took this book with me everywhere. My family began to visit a Baptist church. There in 2000, we watched the film Jesus, based on the Gospel of Luke. I accepted Jesus in my life together with all the members of our family.
Sasha’s parents and brother (left) and with his wife and children (right)
In 2004, I was baptized and became a church member. Soon I became a regular preacher at Sunday services. In 2013, our pastor and his family left our church unexpectedly and relocated in the USA. A year later, church members elected me to serve as pastor. I felt myself not ready for such service and was concerned about pitfalls. Until this point, I considered wisdom to be preventing problems or mastering them. I thought that the main way dealing with stones on the road is to go around them, if possible, to avoid the future obstacles.
In late 2014 our dear brothers and sisters in Christ (Dalton and Vicki Jantzen, Ed and Alice kraft) visited Lviv and led many of us in the Spiritually Healthy Leader® workshop and Bible study. We talked about spiritual fitness and finishing well. These families in Christ encouraged us with their personal testimonies and how they lived out their spiritual lives in practical ways. I came to understand that our main obstacle in life is not our fall, and not that we have pitfalls, but that pitfalls have benefits, too. The main task of a Christian is not to try to avoid pitfalls any way but to prepare himself and be always ready to overcome problems with our Lord. I needn’t be afraid of pitfalls. A walk with God may feel dangerous, but I am always safe and well protected. This approach works; it is true and practical indeed. The visit from 30 60 100 MINISTRIES encouraged our church and me greatly.