Soviet persecution couldn't stop Denver missionary's destiny
By Mickey Noah
SBC North American Mission Board
Denver-- Little Anatoliy Odnoralov often came home after school with a bloody nose, the result of just another day as a Christian at his school in the North Caucasus region of the old Soviet Union.
"Since early childhood, I knew the price for my convictions," he said.
Anatoliy was the third-born son o fan ordinary shoemaker. He and Anatoliy's mother were faithful believers in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, they were believer living in a godless, atheistic nation dedicated to the persecution of Christians.
As the family grew to 13, Anatoliy's father faithfully drew them together and read stories from the Bible, urging his children to pray. With his meager cobbler's pay, he purchased a guitar and an accordion and taught himself and his children to play. He even formed a family band -- pretty easy to do with 13 children in the home.