Donatus had many children and a wife to provide for, so he did his best to lead them. An old man, he had been faithful to his traditional religion all his life. His wife and eldest son, Jedrek, were also very devout. One of his other sons, Byurak, chose to follow Christ, became a national missionary and spoke often with his father about his faith, but Donatus stood firm.
“I am old now, and why should I reject my faith and accept [another] religion at this age?” he asked his son. “Do you want to follow it? I have no problem. Be a good person.”
However, the conversation of Christianity repeated over time. Perhaps it was the respect Byurak displayed toward his father, even during these discussions. Perhaps it was how his son and other believers treated those around them with kindness and compassion. Perhaps it was a combination or something different altogether. Whatever the reason, something in Donatus’s heart shifted, and he began to follow Christ. His family pushed back. Then pushed harder when tragedy struck the family.
Difficult Times Try a Man’s Faith
Donatus’ third son, Crepin, had also chosen to walk with Christ, but one month later, he suddenly became paralyzed…
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