A prostitute and drug addict encountered the Holy Spirit at the exact wall where Jesus prayed.
Prostitute & Drug Addict
Lena Cebula grew up in Ukraine in a Russian family. In 1991, while Russia and Ukraine were in chaos, their family was destroyed, she was only 11 years old at that time. She lived in poverty after her parents stopped taking care of her and her siblings. When she was just 14, she had already been raped numerous times.
A year later, she was surprised to find herself in labor, Lena never knew that she was pregnant. Sadly, her baby died three months later and she had to bury her own daughter.
“For the next 20 years, this image plagued my mind and my soul so I started looking for more hard drugs to just numb my mind because I felt worthless,” she recalled.
Later on, she was sold by a sex trafficker to Cairo, Egypt where she was sold into a brothel. There, she had bodyguards to prevent her from escaping. One of her bodyguards happened to be a Christian who ministered to everyone he met at that brothel. Apparently, he couldn’t get a job anywhere else so he ended up in a brothel.
“I never met men like this in my life. Men in my life were drunk, angry, unstable, violent, but this man in the middle of this brothel, he’s just shiny.”
Lena heard the Gospel for the very first time from that nice guy. When her grandfather suffered a heart attack, she has been given permission to go outside the brothel. Together with her bodyguard and his daughter, they visited the prayer wall in Jerusalem. There, she had a wonderful encounter that began a shift in her life.
“I came from the brothel, I was a drug addict, alcoholic, a prostitute and I end up praying to God for my grandfather to be alive. And now I understand that the Holy Spirit met me there.”
Right before she touched the wall, she encountered God. Two years later since that incident, God answered her prayer and gave her freedom from sex trafficking. She went to Canada to start a new life and there she met a man, who is now her husband, who happened to be a pastor’s son.
Today, she is a new creation who serves the Lord by preaching the Gospel to everyone around her. She even wrote a book to testify about the miracles God did in her life. Lena also led her family to Jesus Christ.
Reference: YouTube | 100huntley
Header Image: 100 Huntley [@100huntley]. Lena Cebula. Instagram, photographed by Name, June 1, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk9xIthLQUQ