Published on November 7th, 2014
The previous post told about Gheorghita Stratulat, a policeman in Romania who persecuted Christians. He began to seek God after his daughter was born deaf, mute, and paralyzed. A Christian woman came to his office and told him that God can heal.
Later at home he asked his wife, Elena, “What do you know about God?” He began talking to Christians and asking if God could heal his daughter. “I don’t know if you exist, God,” he prayed. “But please, if You do, show me by healing my child.”
Finally Stratulat visited a pastor he had arrested many times. “I am looking for God,” he told the pastor. The pastor was fearful of Stratulat, but he counseled him and guided him.
Stratulat prayed for several months. And one morning, his daughter spoke, “Ta-Ta,” she said, using the Romanian word for “Daddy.” Then she began to walk.
Stratulat was overjoyed. He had become a loving husband, and soon Elena joined him in following Christ.
Arrests and Freedom
But not everyone was happy about their new beliefs. One of Stratulat’s older children complained to school officials that his parents wanted him to become a Christian. The police arrested his parents.
After several more arrests, the police sent his whole family, which now included seven children, to a secret prison camp in the mountains.
In 1989 a revolution removed the communist leaders of Romania from power. Stratulat and his family were free. He became an evangelist, sharing the love of Jesus with many former communists.
Read the post “Saul in Damascus”
- How was Stratulat like Paul?
- How was the church pastor like Ananias?
- Is there anyone with whom you would be afraid to share the gospel?