Svetlana Jovanova, Executive Director of “Lydia—a Beating Heart,” has been instrumental in starting two Pregnancy Resource Centers in Macedonia: one in Stip and one in Skope.
Since the beginning of the first center, their prayer has been that in addition to saving unborn children that families would come to know Christ.
“We knew that God deeply loves them, knew that He would bring them our way, and we knew that He wanted to make known his great love and His plan of salvation,” says Svetlana.
When clients come to the centers they receive information, care, and love. And, many of them hear the gospel for the first time!
“For each of these women, we at Lydia give individual time and attention and try to help them and to ease their life as we are able,” adds Svetlana. “We listen, sometimes weep with them and for them, visit them in their homes, and continue to be at their disposal. Our care for them does not cease when their baby is born, it continues as long as they need us and we can do anything for them.”
One young mother, who showed an interest in spiritual things, begin to weep when she heard about Jesus’ unconditional love and wanted to go to church with one of the staff members at Lydia.
"We believe that very soon she will decide to follow Jesus with all her heart," says Svetlana.
Recently, staff from Lydia visited the eastern part of Macedonia and visited 5 families in order to hand out clothes, diapers, cosmetics, and school supplies. They had contacted 4 of these families a head of time to let them know they were coming, but the fifth family had changed their phone number.
Unable to contact this family, they said a short prayer: “God, please have them call us.”
Two hours later they received a call from them. Even though it had been months since they had last had contact, they were able to visit and pray with them.
“We rejoice in every victory that God gives us and in any progress made through Lydia. We would not have succeeded in any this if we didn’t have standing behind us a magnificent team of women who regularly pray for us,” says Svetlana.