Jozsef Gulyas was born in Nyiregyhaza in 1925. His father was a well-off farmer with a
big land and land tenancy. In the family there were four children: a girl, two boys and a
relative girl. The parents kept as a secret from the children, that once they had made a vow to
God telling him, that if He cured the mother of three who was fatally ill; they would devote
their lives and their children to Him.
The parents received the healing from God,
but they did not keep their vow. Namely, that they would devote their lives and
children to Him. They were trying to calm their conscience by giving donations to the
Church. Therefore, in the middle of a lot of work, while their farm was flourishing, their souls were
wasting away because they neglected the personal relationship with God.
"In the course of life my parents felt more and more guilty believing that they should stop seeking after wealth,
instead of devoting their life to God; as they promised to do, years ago.
They felt like they should take more care of their own and their children's spiritual life.
But they had no strength to stop. What's more, farmers from the
nearby farms - that had been gone into liquidation - came with newer and newer possibilities and
offers to my father, to rent or buy their land. My mother quietly disagreed saying we
already have enough. We should rather think of our vow, made to God. But my father's reasonings
saying that: after all, these properties are in our neighbourhood; they comprise
a completely new farm; and they are cheap rent, etc... Therefore, my mother signed the
contract too; although in tears.
But afterwards she still became his very faithful helper in fortune
acquisition. To calm their conscience, they wanted to substitute the withheld devotion
by keeping religious traditions. However, in reality, the god of greed and ambition,
stimulated by mammon, pushed them on and on, continuiously."
When God felt that it was time to go after them, He nudged them toward their vow.
It was May 19, 1943, the eldest sister's, Jucika's, birthday and her wedding's day.
While dancing before
midnight the beautiful little bride suddenly felt sick, complaining of headache, became uncoscious, and died.
The parents looked like they were hit by a lightening.
This was how God interrupted them walking on the wrong road, and forced them to make a change.
Four days later the funeral was held in Debrecen. A bride in white was buried.
"What could I, a mere human, say seeing such a big pain and tragedy?" - the pastor started.
"Let's listen to the One who allowed this to happen and who is the Lord of life and death!" Then he opened his Bible,
and read Revelations 3:19-22:
"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I
stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in
and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with
me on my throne, just as I overcome and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who
has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
"After that we were having breakfast, and then our parents shared with us the – so far – secret of their life. My father
started by saying something like this:
"Our Dear Children, we have committed a very - very serious sin against God,
and against you. Jucika is our victim. Because of us she had to die. For, once upon a time,
we made a vow to God but we did not keep it."
Then they told us that once when we had been
very small, Jucika was 4 years old, my brother 2, I was 1 years old; my mother became
very ill. She was actually sent home from the hospital to die. From the hospital she was sent home to die. She had
pernicious anaemia, stomachic ulcer and lowering of the stomach. She vomited
so much that nothing remained in her anymore. My father brought her out of the hospital in his arms,
she was 42 kg.
- What shall I give her to eat? - he asked. The doctor only waved his
hands saying: - Anything you want. - He knew that everything was in vain. When they got to the
little farm in Nyirseg where a 10 year old neighbour girl was baby
sitting the three children; a wave of despair covered them all. They felt hopeles.
For, nobody could help them. In this dark, desperate state of theirs, suddenly a little trail of light appeared.
For a moment my mother recalled a conversation with a born again woman who told her that through
faith wonderful things can happen.
That seed of Word had been sewn into her mind long before it started to germinate. But - when the soil of
the heart was ploughed very deeply by the plow of suffering - it began to sprout. As a result, she said to my father:
- "Dad! We have been to many doctors but we haven't gone to the great Doctor yet."
- "Who is he? Tell me! Where is he, we are going to him." - He replied.
My mother said: "I feel that if we ask God from the depths of our heart to cure me and devote our life and our children to Him;
He would listen to us."
- "Then let us go to Him, and ask Him to help us." - He said.
At that point, my Father immediately got down on his knees beside her bed, and my mother, as
much as she could - sat up, and got ready to pray. Then, together they made their first, biggest vow of their life. My father prayed:
"God, if you
exist, look at us, and cure my wife, and then we will devote our life, and our children's life to You,
and we will serve You."
While my mother said:
"My God, have mercy on us, cure me
so that these little children would not become orphan so young. When they get older, I do not mind if you take me."
- Since both of my parents were orphanes, they knew very well what the fate of an orphan is like."
Then - after Jucika died - my parents began to attend the Nyiregyhaza Baptist church, and got baptized
there thereby openly witnessing about their new found faith and following the Scripture which says:
"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man
will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of
the holy angels." (Luke 9:26)
*** These children were surrounded by genuine Christian parents who received a wonderful promise
Jozsef Gulyas had teacher's degree, and after he got saved, he started to attend the
Baptist Theological Seminary. From there, God led him to Soltvadkert and Dunaharaszti. He engaged in active spiritual work for 16 years in the Lord's vineyard.
In 1951 he married Sara Balazs.
They had three children whom they devoted to God. These children were surrounded by genuine
Christian parents who received a wonderful promise:
"For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and
treams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my
blessing on your descendants." (Isaiah 44:3)
God listens to our prayers, answers them, and He smoothes the ways for us.
Our brother Jozsef Gulyas was called by the Lord and died on January 30, 2000. He went
to heaven with a smile his grandchildren, children and wife could see for a long time; signaling that he arrived to his goal.
Glory and thanks to the Lord for his life of profession of faith!
This book is an authentic testimony to the fact that
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
today and forever."
(Hebrews 13:8) God became a man in the Lord Jesus.
He took our sins to the cross, and suffered a cruel death in order to save us.
He won over death.
Jesus Christ is
the LIFE Himself! Jesus Christ is the Winner.
"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection
and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and
believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)
Are you already standing on the Winner's side also? Have you accepted Him as your
If not, you can do it now, while the time of grace still lasts.
I plead with you to open the door of your heart, and ask the Lord Jesus to come in!
You can pray like this:
My Lord Jesus Christ! I need you! Please forgive all my sins, and enter my heart. Thank
you for giving me eternal life and a place in Heaven. I ask you to lead me on the narrow
road of salvation to the eternal life. Thank you. Amen.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is
in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will
award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his