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Communist Defector Finds God After Miracle Healing

Stoian suffered from sciatica. He wasn't even a Christian when he heard a healing prayer on The 700 Club that changed his life and his heart. Read Transcript


Reporter: STUION IS A

MAN OF THE SEA, A PROUD

FISHERMAN.

WHEN I WAS A KID, MY DAD

STARTED TAKING ME FISHING.

HE TOOK ME FISHING ONE

SUNDAY, AND THAT'S WHEN IT

ALL STARTED.

WE CAUGHT MORE FISH THAN

ANYONE ELSE AROUND US, AND I

WAS ON FIRE FOR FISHING.

LATER ON, WHEN I GREW UP AND

I FINISHED THE EIGHTH GRADE,

AND I WAS GETTING READY TO

GO TO A MIDDLE SCHOOL TO

ATLANTLEARN A TRADE, I

NOTICED THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE

WHO CAN LEAVE THE COUNTRY

ARE THE FISHERMEN.

THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES THAT

CAN LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

SO THAT'S -- I WANTED TO GO

TO FISHING SCHOOL, AND

THAT'S WHAT I DID, IN 1972.

Reporter: STUION WENT

TO A MILITARY-SPONSORED

FISHING SCHOOL.

HE LEARNED HIS CRAFT WELL.

BUT HE WAS ALSO TAUGHT

SOMETHING ELSE.

YOU ARE BRAINWASHED TO

BELIEVE IN THAT SYSTEM,

COMMUNISM/SOCIALISM.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THERE

IS NO PERSONAL FREEDOM IN

COMMUNISM AND SOCIALISM.

EVERYTHING IS CONTROLLED BY

THE GOVERNMENT.

YOU DID WHATEVER THE

GOVERNMENT TOLD YOU TO.

Reporter: HE COMPLETED

THE FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMME, AND

HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT WAS

ABOARD THE FIRST BULGARIAN

VESSEL TO TROLL OFF THE

COAST OF THE UNITED STATES.

BUT HE HAD OTHER PLANS.

EVERYONE'S DREAM AT THAT

TIME WAS TO DEFECT AND LIVE

IN THE UNITED STATES, IN A

COUNTRY SO POWERFUL AND

ADVANCED.

WE ALL KNEW HOW ADVANCED THE

UNITED STATES WAS, BUT WE

DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH.

Reporter: WHILE THEIR

BOAT WAS DOCKED AND

PORTLAND, STUION AND TWO

OTHER CREW LEFT THE BOAT.

A GUARD STOPPED THEM ON THE

GANG PLANK.

HIS JOB WAS TO MAKE SURE

NO ONE CAME ON THE VESSEL OR

LEFT.

ONCE EVERY HOUR HE HAS TO GO

AROUND AND CHECK

EVERYTHING.

HE SAID, WHERE ARE YOU GUYS

GOING?

AND WE SAID, WE'RE

DEFECTING.

AND HE SAID, NO, YOU'RE

NOT.

BASICALLY HE DIDN'T WANT TO

BE A WITNESS.

HE SAID EVERY HOUR I HAVE TO

GO AROUND THE SHIP, SO WHEN

I DISAPPEAR OUT OF VIEW, GO

AHEAD AND LEAVE.

Reporter: IT WAS THAT

SIMPLE, STUION WAS FREE.

HE GOT A JOB RIGHT AWAY AS A

CREWMAN ON A LOCAL TROLLER,

MAKING ROUTINE TRIPS TO

ALASKA.

HE SOON MET ANGELIQUE, AND

THEY MARRIED IN 1986.

SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN, BUT

STUION WASN'T.

HE WAS A BIG, TOUGH,

ORNERY ALASKA FISHERMAN.

GET OUT OF MY WAY, I'M

COMING THROUGH.

AND I DON'T CARE.

MY WIFE HAD TRIED TO TALK

TO ME ABOUT GOD AND JESUS,

BUT I REJECTED IT BECAUSE OF

MY BACKGROUND AND STRIVING

TO BE THE BEST AT WHAT I WAS

DOING.

HE WOULD GET REALLY ANGRY

WHEN I WOULD MENTION GOD OR

TRY TO TALK ABOUT GOD.

SO AFTER A WHILE, I JUST

STOPPED.

Reporter: DECADES OF

HARD WORK TOOK THEIR TOLL ON

STUION, AND HE DEVELOPED

EXCRUCIATING SCIATIC CUA IN

HIS BACK AND LEG.

IT HAD INCREASED TO THE

POINT WHERE HE WAS

IMMOBILE.

HE HAD BEEN IN THIS

RECLINER, SLEEPING, LAYING,

SITTING, FOR AT LEAST A WEEK

AND A HALF.

Reporter: AS THE PAIN

GOT WORSE, STUION WATCHED

MORE TELEVISION.

ONE DAY ANGELIQUE HAD AN

IDEAMENT.

> IDEA.

SHE TOOK THE CHANNEL

CHANGER AWAY FROM ME.

AND SHE PUT THE TAPE IN.

MY MOTHER HAD SENT US

THIS VIDEO, AND IT WAS

INCREDIBLE STORIES OF

MIRACLES, HEALINGS, AND

PEOPLE BEING SAVED.

AT THE END OF THE TAPE,

WHEN PAT ROBERTSON STARTED

TALKING ABOUT THIS MAN THAT

IS SITTING IN A CHAIR WITH

EXCRUCIATING PAIN.

Pat: YOU'RE SCIATIC

CONDITION IS BEING HEALED BY

THE POWER OF GOD.

HE WAS BASICALLY

DESCRIBING ME, EXACTLY DOWN

TO THE LAST DETAIL.

IT WAS ME.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOT MY

ATTENTION.

AND THEN IN THE END, WHEN HE

SAID IN THE NAME OF JESUS

YOU'RE HEALED, GET UP AND

WALK, IT REALLY GOT MY

ATTENTION.

I LOOKED AT HIM, AND I

SAID, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING

FOR?

STAND UP. AND HE TODD UP.

>STOOD UP.

WHEN I GOT UP AND I

STARTED WALKING AROUND AND I

WAS SHAKING MY LEG, AND

THERE WAS NO PAIN, THERE WAS

ZERO PAIN, I KNEW RIGHT THEN

THERE WAS A GOD.

AND I STARTED BELIEVING IN

GOD RIGHT THEN AND RIGHT

THERE.

WHEN YOU FEEL THE POWER

OF GOD COMING OVER YOU, IT'S

LIKE NO OTHER FEELING.

YOU KNOW GOD IS THERE.

EVER SINCE THAT DAY, MY

BACK AS BEEN PAIN-FREE.

THERE IS NO PAIN.

Reporter: STUION BECAME

A CHRISTIAN THAT DAY.

HE AND ANGELIQUE JOINED A

CHURCH AND WERE BAPTIZED

TOGETHER.

THAT WAS A KEY HEALING

POINT IN OUR LIFE, BECAUSE

WE BOTH EXPERIENCED THAT AT

THE EXACT SAME MOMENT.

GOD BEGAN TO WORK AND MOVE

IN OUR LIVES FROM THAT

POINT.

AND HE KEPT ON LIKE THIS.

Reporter: STUION'S

JOURNEY AS A FISHERMAN

STARTED OVER 40 YEARS AGO.

HE IS STILL GOING STRONG

TODAY.

HE HAS HIS OWN BOAT AND CREW

AND CONTINUES TO FISH IN

ALASKA, WHEN HE IS NOT

WORKING FROM HIS HOME

OFFICE.

FOR SOMEONE THAT WAS BORN

AND RAISED IN A COMMUNIST

COUNTRY, AND BEING

BRAINWASHED, WHICH HAS NO

LEGS TO STAND ON -- IF

SOMEONE LIKE THAT CAN COME

TO THIS COUNTRY AND BE

SAVED, AND BECOME A BELIEVER

IN GOD, AND A FOLLOWER OF

JESUS, THEN THERE IS HOPE

FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

BECAUSE I REJECTED GOD ALL

OF MY LIFE UNTIL GOD GOT

AHOLD OF ME AND TOLD ME HE

CAN DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS

FOR ME.

ALL I HAVE TO DO IS ASK HIM,

AND THAT'S ALL IT TAKES, FOR

YOU TO ASK GOD, AND HE WILL

COME INTO YOUR HEART.

AND HE WILL CHANGE YOUR

LIFE.

AND YOU WILL NEVER BE THE

SAME.

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