Published on November 6th, 2014
Read the two previous posts about persecutors becoming Christians. Then read the story below about a 20th century “Saul.”
Gheorghita Stratulat was a policeman in Romania. Like many people in Romania at that time, he had been taught that there is no God.
The communist leaders of the land allowed some Christian activities, but the government was mostly hostile toward Christians and Christianity.
As part of his job, Stratulat spied on Christians who met secretly for worship, arrested them, and put them in prison. At home, he drank a lot of alcohol and spoke harshly to his wife, Elena.
Then something happened that made Stratulat very sad. His fifth child, Ana-Mihaela, was born deaf, mute, and paralyzed. For several years Stratulat told everyone about Ana-Mihaela to try to find someone who could help her. He told doctors, other policemen at work, and his neighbors. But Ana-Mihaela did not improve.
God Can Help
One day a woman came to Stratulat’s police station and said, “I know a doctor who can help your daughter….He is my God.”
Stratulat was angry. He raised his police baton to hit the woman, but then, surprisingly, he passed out. The Christian woman threw water in his face to wake him up. He kicked her out of his office.
Read the next post to find out how Stratulat changed from being a persecutor to a follower of Christ.
(Source: Saul to Paul, available at VOMBooks.com. Please preview the book before sharing with children.)