A few weeks ago, I saw a video on Youtube of Chinese Christians receiving a shipment of Bibles. As they took the Bibles out of the packages, they were squealing and crying in delight, holding the Bibles up and kissing the covers.
Have I ever done that? Have I ever been so excited about the Word of God that I cry with joy at the prospect of digging into His messages?
Lately, I’ve been more aware of how much I take for granted. Reading Children of the Storm, the autobiography of Natasha Vins, again reminded me how blessed I am to live in America where religious freedom is available to all.
Natasha Vins grew up in the Soviet Union during the 1950s-70s. Her family, adamant believers in Christ, was constantly persecuted for their faith. Her father was imprisoned on multiple occasions, and when he was not in jail, he was often “underground,” hiding from the KGB. Natasha’s grandmother, Babushka, was also jailed for her convictions and her willingness to further the Gospel.
Even as a child, Natasha was persecuted for her faith. Her teacher ridiculed her in front of her classmates on a regular basis for her Christian faith. Yet, Natasha stood firm in her beliefs, even as a young girl. Over the years, she came to claim Christ as her personal Savior and experienced the many surprises God had in store for her family. Through the good and the bad, Natasha saw how God truly does work everything to our good. Today, she is a living testament to the faithfulness of our Savior, as she gives her account of Christian life in the Communist Soviet Union in her book, Children of the Storm.
With all that is going on in our world today, books like Children on the Storm are imperative for us to read. On our own homefront, as we see our religious freedoms being encroached upon, we need the courage to stand up and fight for what is rightfully ours. Books like this give us such courage, showing us that God is still faithful to His promises.
For the busy reader, this book is ideal, weighing in at only 135 pages. Readers also get a visual peek into Natasha’s world, as the book includes several inserts of photographs from her Soviet life.
Over all, Children of the Storm is an inspiring account of God’s faithfulness and a call to appreciation for the religious freedom we enjoy here today.