Miracle at the Ukrainian Border – By Pavel Goia

Robert owned a construction business in Italy and was very successful. However, deep in his heart was a hunger for a closer walk with God, and the desire to serve God in full time ministry. Finally, one day, he left his work behind, and started serving the poor and needy, trusting that God would provide and lead.

One day, while still in Italy, he was convicted to gather supplies to help the poor in Ukraine. With the help of friends, he loaded up four semi trucks with clothes and supplies.

However, when they got to the Ukrainian border, the guards would not let them through. In fact, they were told that all they were allowed to carry across the border was two suitcases at a time. Any more than that, and they would be charged by the kilogram.

Robert and the other drivers prayed and prayed. Still the guards would not let them bring the trucks through. Finally, discouraged, they gave up and unloaded the clothes in a rental storage place. Then they contacted the pastor at the nearest SDA church on the Ukraine side of the border and told him that they’d brought supplies, but couldn’t get them across the border. They gave the pastor the combination and lock codes and then they returned to Italy.

The local Ukrainian pastor, along with six men and two suitcases apiece, went to the storage unit. Slowly, day-by-day they moved the contents from the storage unit across the border to distribute to those in need.

It wasn’t long until the head guard at the border began asking what they were doing. They told him that they were taking clothes to help the poor. “No one does this kind of thing for the poor. You can’t be serious!” the guard mocked them. But they insisted that this was indeed what they were doing.

Next he challenged them, “If you’re Christians, can you prove that there is a god?”

Right then and there, the Pastor and his friends sat down and gave the guard a Bible study on God and the trinity. The next day they gave him another Bible study, and the same after that. Almost every day for a whole month they gave this guard a Bible study on their way across the border.

Finally at the end of the month, he was so convicted that he called the other guards together (there were eleven of them) and he asked the Pastor to give the same study to his comrades. As a result, almost all the guards were so convicted of the truth that they decided to be baptized.

At this point, the head guard of customs told the Pastor, “You don’t have to take this luggage through in suitcases anymore. You can just drive the supplies through and you can take everything, and we wont charge you.

It had taken a few months for Robert’s prayer to be answered, but God had opened the door, not just for the Ukrainian Pastor and the people in need, but more importantly, for those at the border gate.

Pavel Goia is a pastor in Lexington Kentucky, who is known for his faith-building testimonies. Many of his stories have been shared in the book, One Miracle after Another, by Greg Budd, published by Pacific Press.

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Practical Application: 

Often as we seek to serve God, we will face impossible obstacles. It’s easy during these times to give up in despair. However, maybe, if we’d keep praying, God will work miracles even during the time of delay, just like He did for the Ukrainian pastor at the border. Maybe prayer will open doors that we would have never thought about praying for.

The Bible tells us, “Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” (Jer. 33:3).

In Steps to Christ, Ellen White writes, “Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?” (Steps to Christ, p. 94).

Whatever roadblock you’re facing in your life and ministry, don’t give up! Jesus will make a way. Keep praying and talking faith!

Dear heavenly Father, We just praise You for Your faithfulness. We praise You that You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We praise You that You will make a way through the wilderness, across the border, and across any obstacles that Satan throws across our path because this is Your work, not ours. And You will be glorified. We give ourselves to You again today. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Promises to Claim: Isa. 45:2, Ps. 18:30

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  • Wojtek Janiuk


  • tsholofelo

    i thank God for such an incredible testimony Pavel. I do realize that there are times when we get discouraged, thinking that our prayers have not been answered only because we cannot see into the future like God does. Later we realise that God had a greater and better plan of action than we had imagined. If those guards had staright away opened the gates for Robert and the others, an opportunity for saving them would have been by passed. God then used their resistance and reluctance to open a door for their salvation. We serve a miracle working God indeed. And I pray that we all realise this and trust Him completely.

    • Evelyn Walcott

      Amen these testimonies are a source of encouragement i thank God, at times i feel discouraged but im encouraged by reports like these.

  • Derek Morris

    One of my favorite promises is found in Jer. 32:17. “Ah, LORD God, behold You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
    But it’s important to remember that many times God chooses to use people to participate in His miracles.
    The story shared by Pastor Pavel Goia reminds us that we are invited to join the Lord of the harvest in His harvest work.
    When we do that, trusting wholly in Jesus’ name, and moving forward according to His direction, miracles will happen!

    • Eunice Downer


    • Ros Farrell

      So true Pastor Derek. Amen. God knows no challenge and has no limits.

    • Mavhoro Tawona


    • Victoria

      Yes indeed, to the glory of God.

  • Catecha Francis

    I too would like to thank you for this inspiring testimony. We do serve an awsome God. He used a road block to save souls. It is encouraging to note that when we set out to do God’s work and encounter roadblocks, leave it to the one who knows best. He will see us through it. All we need to do is to exercise faith and patience. I am reminded of the text in Psalms 3:5 – “Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”


    We serve a mighty Father. Praise Him!

  • Natasha

    What a spiritual boast very early in the morning. To God be all glory honor and praise! Thank You Jesus!

  • Letty Kaltonga

    I thank and praise the LORD for this wonderful and powerful testimony that helps boost me for practical application right now, after my devotion the Holy Spirit is impressing me very strongly to visit my interest just to encourage her and pray with her. Please pray for us too. We are praying and working in Jesus name. Arise! Shine! Jesus Is Coming.

  • Justina

    What an awesome God. He continues to work modern day miracles in our lives. God be praised!!

  • Mavhoro Tawona

    Amen and Amen. 2 Corinthians 1.15-20.

  • Lungile K

    Amen. This reminds of the verse be still and know That I’m God Psalms 46:10.

  • Naa

    With God all things are possible.

  • Victoria


  • Thokozela Rambanapasi

    Nothing surpasses God’s hand

  • nablessy84@gmail.com

    Oh how we are quick to give up and lose hope. I pray that God opens our spiritual sensors and increase our endurance

    • Gerry Buck

      Yes, it is far to easy. I am ashamed to admit far too often I have been guilty of this. How many opportunities have been lost because of discouragement at an assumed delay, not realizing it just wasn’t time yet.

  • Carol Hildebrand

    Amen! Praise God for His Faithfulness! “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You!” Job 42:2 What a privilege to pray and claim His promises for His glory!

  • ine febrianty habel

    Jer 33:3 is one of my favorite verse.. and it happend in my life. when i ask God , to send a man/woman to help me to pay my schoold fees. he answer my pray. He knows what i need. He answer my pray exactly at the moment i should pay.. God is so great , He keep His promise and nothing impossible for our God.

  • Rachel Neegba Thomas

    When God wants to save a person, He makes things difficult for even His beloved. The Mission was for these guards to be saved and through the help of God, this mission was finally accomplished. Sometimes when our plans are not going on as they should, we tend to think that God is not in it, but we should remember that it is not our plans that must be followed but Gods because He has a better one for us every day. Let us trust Him in everything we do.

  • Dorrett Brown

    What they had seen as disappointment, The Lord was using it for good What a mighty God we serve!!