Imagine that you are a believer living in a communist country. You live
with the knowledge that at any time you could be imprisoned, tortured,
or killed simply because you are a Christian.
Favorite bronze medal winner, Beyond the Rapids is the true story of
Ukrainian pastor Alexei Brynza and his wife, Valentina, who endured
persecution in a culture that was hostile to their faith as they
struggled to raise their four children as believers.
years from the Great Terror of the 1930s to the time when believing in
Christ is no longer a crime, this close-knit Ukrainian family quietly
persisted through the years, trusting God for everything. The Brynzas’
children, forced to choose between God and the communist system,
wrestled with temptations of ambition, popularity, love, and wealth. But
God heard the faithful prayers of Alexei and Valentina, and the Brynza
family was able to not only survive, but to thrive. Their son-in-law,
Igor Yaremchuk, adds his own testimony of coming to Christ with the help
of miracles and atheistic propaganda.
Beyond the Rapids is a
story for all believers everywhere. If you’re concerned about the
erosion of religious freedom, if you are discouraged because your
children have wandered far from God, if you long to stand firm in your
faith in all circumstances, the Brynzas’ testimony of God’s faithfulness
will provide hope and inspiration as you are reminded afresh that God
is with you, in every moment. As you sail through the torrents in your
own life, God will meet you right where you are and guide you to the
smooth water beyond the rapids.