I was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia under atheistic communism. My family were not Christians and a high priority was education. They felt confident in the communist system and saw a bright future ahead.
On 9 April 1991, shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia declared independence. The country became embroiled in a bitter civil war, which lasted until nearly 1995.
In February 1992, the fighting escalated in South Osetia, with sporadic Russian involvement. By the summer of 1992, tensions in another secessionist region, Abkhazia , developed into a full-scale Georgian-Abkhaz war. During the war, the Abkhaz separatists backed by Russian army carried out a full-scale ethnic cleansing campaign which resulted in the expulsion of up to 250,000 ethnic Georgians and in the killing of more than 15,000.
Our home in the capital city of Tbilisi was near the hospital and the railway station. The trains from the front with the wounded and dead surrounded us. As teenagers we were seeing parents to come to train station to recognize their dead children who were just couple years older then me. There was terrible smell and sound of crying parents and relatives around neighborhood. And I and my family as well as many of my friends saw our bright future disappearing as we searched for food and petrol.
The whole system collapsed: education, employment. That was first time that we asked ourselves what happens after death. One day I meet a young missionary with inter varsity and he offered to read bible together. So we agreed and started to meet every week. I had some leftover doubts from soviet propaganda.
I found the book, Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis in my parent’s library and as I read it, it convinced me that God was above nationalities and countries. Reading this book, I found answers to my doubts and decided to give my life to the Lord.
I started attending church and was involved in youth ministry. It was there that I met my wife, Tatiana. We were married in 2002.
There was no official presence of campus crusade for christ in Georgia, Jesus film volunteers were visiting Georgia from time to time. One of them left the 16 mm projector to my father in law dr. Levan who is a baptist pastor. He encouraged me together with other young people to go and show the film in places where there is no church..
I together with my 3 friends went to little city Akhalkalaki (on border with Turkey) and showed the Jesus film for a week. This experienced influenced my life. I was seeing how people were accepting Jesus as their savior, how churches were started and their lives were changed. I decided to share the love of God to my nation.
In 2010 Joined Campus crusade staff and serve Lord in the Republic of Georgia.