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Miracles in the midst of war

A Faith Adventure


by Paula O'Keefe

A gripping, inspiring, true story of God at work in Russia and war-torn Chechnya in the 1990s.

Paula O’Keefe, a petite, slender, British girl, fresh out of university, sets off alone, into the unknown, to obey the call of God. Unwittingly she steps into a major revival sweeping the former Soviet Union. After seventy long years of oppression, communism has finally fallen and doors to preaching the gospel have swung wide open. Thousands are turning to Christ.

Then God leads Paula to a region devastated by war. You will discover that right in the midst of great pain and suffering, Jesus is working miracle after miracle, time and again rescuing Paula and friends from danger, providing for orphans, widows and refugees, and healing those broken in body, mind and spirit. Along the way God restores Paula herself from childhood abuse and trauma.

This compelling story of an ordinary young woman serving a miracle-working God
will inspire you to believe God for the impossible in your own life. You will find that no situation is beyond His help – that He can turn everything around for you too.

You will be encouraged that God can use anyone with a willing heart to change the world. And as you take steps to reach out to others in their desperation, letting Jesus’ love flow through you, your life and theirs will never be the same.

ISBN: 9781852408343
368 pages


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“The totally extraordinary story of a very remarkable person – a modern – day missionary classic.” Peter Horrobin: International Director of Ellel Ministries

In this book, she brings to light all that is possible when serving an extraordinary and supernatural God, even in the most challenging situations.
Dr Heidi Baker
Founder and CEO, Iris Global

Miracles in the Midst of War is an important and dangerous read. Important, in that it confronts you with the truth of why we exist. Dangerous, in that it challenges you to the core to think differently about what we are doing with our lives.
Dr Lesley-Anne Leighton
Missionary and Founding Director
Diadem International, Holy Given International School of Missions

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dancing in the Face of Terror
Chapter 2 History of Chechnya and Surrounding Region
Chapter 3 Let the Little Children Come to Me
Chapter 4 Moulded by the Master Potter
Chapter 5 My Calling into Missions
Chapter 6 Called to Russia
Chapter 7 Early Days in Russia
Chapter 8 Falling in Love with Russia
Chapter 9 Chechnya Calling
Chapter 10 First Glimpse of Chechnya
Chapter 11 Our Underground Church
Chapter 12 The Bible Comes Alive
Chapter 13 Everyday Life in Chechnya
Chapter 14 Mila’s Family
Chapter 15 Loving the One in Front of You
Chapter 16 The Calmer of Storms
Chapter 17 One Supernatural White Christmas
Chapter 18 Corporate Prayer and Fasting
Chapter 19 Refugees, Tiny and Ancient
Chapter 20 Peace in the Midst of Danger
Chapter 21 Joy in the Midst of Persecution
Chapter 22 A Fighter Touched by God’s Love
Chapter 23 God Works in Mysterious Ways
Chapter 24 Money Raining Down from Heaven
Chapter 25 Conflict and Celebration
Chapter 26 Transformed by Love
Chapter 27 The Eventful Journey Home
Chapter 28 Ethnic Conflict
Chapter 29 The Least of These
Chapter 30 He Rides Across the Heavens to Help You
Chapter 31 The Gift of a New Home
Chapter 32 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Growth
Chapter 33 The Ellel NETS Training School
Chapter 34 Don’t Pass Us By
Chapter 35 Tent Refugee Camp
Chapter 36 Aid Distribution in the Refugee Camps
Chapter 37 Close Brushes with Death
Chapter 38 Critical Incident Debriefing at Le Rucher
Chapter 39 Reunited with Friends after the Second War
Chapter 40 Grateful for Small Mercies
Chapter 41 Hadizhat’s Story
Chapter 42 It’s Friday – But Sunday’s Coming!
Chapter 43 Treasures Hidden in the Darkness
Chapter 44 The Call

Appendix 1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Appendix 2 Do you know Jesus Personally?


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