Because of our cultural and political history as Slovakians, we have felt oppressed and controlled. The mentality of the Slovakian people is that of victims. We feel we need to follow someone’s orders and not make personal decisions. This mentality grew on us, and we became victims of the society and the system. We were taught just to follow the rules and not have our own opinions. We have often felt powerless and very limited. In all this, there is a lot of hopelessness in the Slovakian people. Slovakians cannot see change or any possibilities for our country. We weren’t taught that we can influence others and have our lives transformed.
Therefore, when we came to Redding, California, we didn’t feel as valuable as everyone around us. Since our country is a poor country financially, spiritually, and politically, we would compare ourselves with other people at school who were from Europe. We wanted to overcome this stronghold, so we chose to share our struggle with our school community group pastor.
The next week in revival group, we were practicing hearing from God, specifically what He says about us personally. I, Veronika, got a thought that the Lord told me I am known. After this, our pastor invited us to step into the middle of the room as our group gathered around us to encourage us with words from God. People said that we will have a great impact on our country and gave us other words about who we are in Christ individually and as a couple.
Then a girl from our group stood up and felt compelled to sing a song for us. She sang “You’re Beautiful” by Phil Wickham. As she sang the song, I was reminded of my sister. Two years earlier, I had sung this song over her by her hospital bed in Slovakia; then she passed away from cancer. It was a very hard time that had left me feeling powerless.
I was very touched as the girl sang the song, and we shared this story with our group. Afterward, our pastor saw the connection between our story and what God wanted to do in our lives. He felt that God was going to place a healing anointing upon us to pray for healing over people and see breakthrough. As he shared this, he asked us to ask Holy Spirit for words about what he wanted to heal in our group. People with the problems we heard stood up, and we released healing over them. Some of the words we got included brain, women’s organs, knee, muscles, blood, and other body parts. Later, we heard stories of how God had moved during that time.
A girl in our group stood up and shared that as we’d prayed, she had remembered her home as a child for the first time in many years. She had been wanting to remember things from her childhood, and God healed her memory that day. Two weeks later, another lady in our group shared that she’d been healed from a female infection she had been struggling with for a few months.
That was a significant day for us and changed the way we value ourselves and our identities as Slovakians. We received a lot of prophetic words on how valuable we are, that we shine, are important, and that God will use us as a tool in a very unique way. We have gained hope. Our decisions matter, and the Lord has hope for our country. We are important and powerful.