“Be faithful unto death!”
On this day, and just six days short or her twenty-fourth birthday, Luba Skvortsova was arrested when the Russian police raided the home where the celebration was taking place. When the day of her trial finally came about she could see her parents and a multitude of her friends at the court building. However the vehicle that was carrying her took her back to the jail where she was held and brought her back the next day when no one was there but Russian police. Her parents were allowed to come inside for the two day trial which was a farce, and other believers were given the opportunity to hear the sentencing, where she was given a three year prison term. They began throwing flowers to her and shouted, “take courage”. She was taken to the prison camp in Voroshilovgrad in Southeastern Ukraine and given a bunk on the top floor with six other women where she collapsed, not having slept in twenty-four hours. She discovered that she was in the same prison that housed a number of Independent Baptist pastors; Pavel Rytikov, Stepan Germaniuk, Pavel Sazhnev, Ivan Tyagun and Anatoly Balatsky. When they learned that she was there, she found a note in the exercise yard, “Be faithful unto death!” Those were the same words that her friends had shouted to her in the court room at her sentencing. It was her blessing to meet a Christian friend there, Maria by name who became like a mother to her. The guards confiscated there short gospel portion and poem book on one occasion and their punishment was denying extra money to spend in the camp store. After Maria’s release, a pastor’s wife, Ulyana Germaniuk came and Luba was able to minister to her. Luba was truly faithful for the three years that she has to stay in that terrible place.