By GPPD Team | Archive Post | Return to Blog
Less than two months after fleeing for their lives they were granted a visa for Jordan. They all flew to Amman, Jordan because the roads were too dangerous to travel. In Amman, they began the process of registering with the UNHCR as refugees.
David met our Global Partners team in early 2015. He spoke very little English. The family needed help to meet their basic needs, so they began to attended services and activities at Grace Church. They came to get "handouts", but ultimately David and his siblings ended up receiving so much more!
In late 2016, the family received word they were getting very close to getting accepted to travel to the US. They were so excited. They had one of their final interviews scheduled for February 2017. About a week before this interview was to happen, they received a phone call telling them that because of the USA’s new immigration policies the interview was cancelled and they would be contacted at a later time.
The family was devastated...
Everything they had hoped for over the last 2 1/2 years was taken away from them in just one phone call. They were never contacted again.
The following month after their canceled interview, David joined the GPPD team to serve other refugees in Jordan. David had learned English in a short period of time and even started translating for our GPPD Staff. David began helping other refugees that had similar needs his family had. We began to see David put others before himself and watched David grow in his love and compassion for others no matter their background. By the end of 2017 David was in charge of all distributions and aid that was being given to refugees through the work of GPPD.
David told us last summer, "the best thing that ever happened to me was that they canceled our interview to be able immigrate to the USA. It was after this phone call that I really began to understand the love of God, serving Him and others."
In April 2018, David's family received a phone call from the Australian Embassy telling them they were approved to travel to Australia. On May 30, David, his brother, Danny, his two sisters, Dalia and Darita, his parents and grandmother all boarded a plane to Australia.
Today David and his family are starting a new chapter in their lives.
David's story is just one of countless refugees whose lives have forever been impacted for eternity because of the generosity and love of our partners!
A Long Road to Redemption
By Nikola (last name omitted) | August 11, 2021 | Return to Blog
I wasn’t ready for the responsibility of both marriage and being a parent. We had another child soon after, but our relationship got worse. My relationship with God got worse too. I completely turned away from God and rejected Him. I also rejected my spiritual family. I lived essentially without Him for three years. It was the worst years of my life and I felt like I couldn’t survive. Finally, I had a desire in me to return and meet with the believers again. I slowly started building trust with them. What really changed me was receiving complete forgiveness from God and by my spiritual family [The Baldis family]. I felt forgiven and restored.
After moving to the ministry center, things in our lives changed drastically. For 6 months, we met every evening to read God's Word, sing, pray, and memorizing verses together. We all learned from 3 to 5 verses a week, along with a catechism. I am glad I found God and make Him first in my life again. The Worldview course that I am taking with Tina also helped to change my heart. My goal now is to have a strong and healthy relationship with God and to raise my children with this same goal.
I also worked through what it meant to love my husband Dominik by truly forgiving him. In the last few weeks, I have moved with the children to Czech Republic, and we are now working towards full reconciliation as a family.
My desire is to please God. And for me that means serving my people, especially children, and showing them the love that God has for them, like He has for me. I want to go back and show the girls in my community the consequences of my bad choices, so that they don’t have to do the same. It would be great if we can have a Roma community center one day where my people can come to know God as I do now.