In September: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: October 8, 2017 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

Autumn came unexpectedly as usual. We were starting a new season a bit anxiously: new school year, new rules in the educational establishment. But all our assumptions were gone once we talked on the phone with one of the deputies of Vileyka boarding school and heard they are all looking forward to seeing us again. So our first visit was on 8th September 2017. Surely, we wanted to make it special.
By the way, the number of volunteers went up this year. Some people are responsible for the 2,3,4 grades and for the group of teenagers, another part of the team are the ones who help. We’ve planned a big day out in Minsk during autumn holidays and we will organize a real Thanksgiving day in October. Thursday is our prayer day, so we try to remember and pray about our needs that are posted in our ministry chat.
All of us were surrounded by the crowd of children who missed us so much: so many pictures and hugs. We gathered everybody – kids, teachers, mentors in the hall and spent an amazing time together, in spite of different ages and interests. We sang songs, played, we showed a little play, shared sweet prizes, talked about the hero of present time – Nick Vujicic. Children were full of excitement and joy, you could see it in their eyes, and no wonder, it all was happening for them and for the glory of Jesus.
Some of the graduates of the school told us they would like to join us on our trips to the orphanage. One of them is Sasha Gonorovitch, he lives in Minsk now but misses Vileyka a lot. He found us and all the information he needed and went to Vileyka. He loved the atmosphere and acceptance in the team so much that he decided to go to Vileyka every Friday.
The following week our surprises for the kids were still in our plans. Some members of our church were so embraced by the thoughts about kids and their needs that they decided to bring them watermelons. So the boot of our bus was filled with these big berries, and kids in return filled us with joy and gratefulness in their eyes.
School administration asked us to help them to buy a new tent and a bbq set. Children love going camping, you see, it’s nature, games and most importantly FREEDOM. We announced this need at one of our morning services. We managed to collect the right amount and in the nearest time it will be sent to school. This is an opportunity for us to participate in the lives of children and to build even closer relationships with the administration. It’s not a secret, we need “open” doors.

In September: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: October 4, 2017 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Rudensk

There has come a new academic year, and we have started the service at orphanage school in Rudensk. During summer, younger children have strongly grown up, and graduates left school and went to study to other cities. At the meetings there were many new children with whom we are going to meet during this year. This academic year we have decided to begin with stories about people from the Old Testament. Lessons were very practical because the characters in stories were very bright.
Just at the beginning we have told children Cain and Abel’s story. This time we considered more deeply the character of Abel who has lived the most usual, not very special and short life, at first sight. But, despite of it Abel became the winner because he lost terrestrial, but he has got eternal life with God as he was always faithful to the Heavenly Father. The following hero was Noah. We told about his obedience and God’s promise not to destroy the earth by flood ever. Noah was very obedient to God in spite of the fact that the whole world laughed at him. His firmness and patience became a good example for children.
We had three meetings dedicated to Abraham! We told about how he had obeyed God and how God had blessed him. Children tried to imagine the number of stars in the sky, and then imagined that they can receive all these blessings of Abraham in Christ.
Besides we told a story about fidelity and devotion of Abraham when he had, perhaps, the most difficult choice in his life … “God will discern – God said when Isaak had been saved “. God will discern – it was our advice to children for the next week and for all life!
Younger children have meetings separate from older children. The main hero of this month was a shepherd David who had a kind heart. He could win not only a furious lion and a bear, but also and Goliath who kept the people in God’s awe for a long time. He could do this because he was faithful and he trusted to God!
We are very glad that we have had an opportunity to communicate with children this month. Thanks to all who care for our service prayerfully and financially! The Lord will bless you!

In September: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: October 2, 2017 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Belinichy

September is the beginning of a school year in our country and the beginning of the season for our ministry. This month we especially miss those who graduated and left the school, because we have known some of them from the beginning and we watched them growing up. They became so dear to us.
Beside that, September is special because we get to know the children who just started coming to our meetings. We are so full of hope that we will become older brothers and sisters for them or at least good friends who will be able to reach them with love that was once revealed to us by God!
For now, we have decided to introduce both older and younger children to main characters in the Bible and tell them about heroes of faith. This month, older children got to know the story about Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham and Sarah. Every story was accompanied with a practical example that was showing how important it is to be obedient, be faithful, and most of all to trust God. Apart from bible stories, we have sung a lot and played different games.
There are new kids in the school who have been brought from other orphanages this month. So we try to spend more personal time with them, it’s obvious that it’s difficult for them to get used to a new place, new people, and some children from this orphanage don’t accept new ones.
Together with younger kids, we continue our series that we started last year. We dedicated this month to a biblical character – David. Children were so impressed that this character was an ordinary shepherd and managed to become a king because of his kind heart and his love to God.
There are new kids among young ones and we can see they are getting accustomed to a new atmosphere quicker and others joyfully accept them. I’d like to mention 2 new boys – Andrey and Vanya. Surprisingly enough, they are so creative and artistic despite their mental and physical disabilities! At the end of each lesson, we ask every child for a feedback. Andrey and Vanya were the most active and with each answer, they tried to copy a biblical character with their voices, intonation and facial expressions. Moreover, they used quite complicated, emotionally colored expressions! I’m so delighted that God gave me this chance to meet and get to know these wonderful children! I hope we will be friends!

In June: Summer camp “A Step closer “

Posted: July 29, 2017 by Dobr9k in Camps

“We are in a Christian camp”, – we heard these words spoken so many times. It not only reminded children about where they got to, but also gave me strength and faith when I needed itf. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for the help, safety and keeping us away from any traumas, for the beautiful weather, for the strong team that He gathered, for the children and their open hearts, for all the positive emotions, for children’s repentance and our unusual evening meetings! Thanks to everyone who prayed for us, helped financially or in any other way!
From the very first days, God blessed us with a great team that was striving to unity, to do the best they could, to do everything so that children would trust us, would open their hearts, would make friends with us and would get answers for the questions they had. When we humbled our hearts in prayer and fasting, God took away the walls of misunderstandings between children and us, He melted the ice in those angry and rotten hearts, He convicted hearts. Children learned through games to trust and respect each other, to support and not to mock each other, they learnt to persevere and never give up, to spend quality time and have fun. Through our evening services, Holy Spirit took us a step closer to peace, joy, hope, faithfulness, love, victory, in short – He was taking us a step closer to Himself! It was amazing to see Holy Spirit leading us and to be in this flow. We were always told what to do, whom to pray about specially, which children to give special attention. Children will remember the atmosphere of love that was created here. We shall continue to pray that devil will not destroy what was planted!
There was time when we went to ride on pedal boats on a so-called “marsh”. That was an unusual thing to do but everybody liked it. Swimming between trees, shallow waters, overcoming different obstacles we became a big loving family, because we were doing it together! We played football where each team represented its region. That was the time of adrenaline, fever pitch, penalty kicks, victory for some and defeat for others! And at the end everybody got a prize ( Chelsea jerseys and Leicester shorts) as well lots of emotions and impressions. Every day we had games in the morning and in the evening that took our strength away, but again it left us with a whole load of positive emotions.
At our teams’ time we discussed with kids our highs and lows of the day; why didn’t manage to do something and how we can reach our goals, we talked about things that worried teens, we learned to be friendly to be one team, we prayed together, we listened to each other’s opinions and even asked for forgiveness if we upset somebody during the day.
I should also mention our evening meetings, where we sang, prayed and most importantly – we were getting a step closer to God. These were great evenings which not only lifted up our mood but also touched children’s hearts. I enjoyed seeing kids showing their talents, they didn’t close themselves, they were eager to show what they can. This year called kids to come out and pray a sinner’s prayer twice. Around half of the kids in our camp answered the called to open their hearts for God and let Him change their lives. There were lots of kids in our camp who has never been to church before. And that was the first time for them. And there were also children who heard about God but couldn’t decide to make that first step towards God. One boy come to me and said that he didn’t know how to pray but he felt as if God Himself put the right thoughts and words into his heart. These were 2 amazing evenings when Holy Spirit poured into kids’ hearts, changed them, tears of joy, tears of joy. Those were children’s steps towards God, that was their victory in their lives..
Last minutes of the camp were sad, because we became a big family and it was difficult to say goodbye. I encouraged everybody that the most precious thing that we gave them was the time and those special moments which they will always remember. And I believe wherever they are, whatever they do, no matter what happens in their lives, they will always remember what we taught them, they will remember Who loves them and Who is ready to help them. May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of the Father and fellowship of Holy Spirit be with all God’s children! Joy and peace to everybody who is reading these words!

In June: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: July 25, 2017 by Dobr9k in Rudensk

Greetings, dear readers! Finally, the long-awaited summer came. We believe that it is possible to do good, serve God and bring glory to God the Father. We thank you, friends, who serve and pray for us. We believe that together with you we can change the destinies of children.
The last bell rang, and the children in the boarding schools are now on vacation, and the graduates of the boarding schools are preparing for the exams.
Today I want to tell you about one teenager. His name is Vlad. This young man has been visiting us for the past three years. We see how much the Lord has influenced his faith through our visits. But approaching the graduation, we see that fear appears in his eyes. Every time we go from a boarding school, I pray that the Father will keep him. Vlad was born in a dysfunctional family, and he has several brothers and sisters. The children in this family follow the pattern of their parents’ lives, and unfortunately, the life of children in this family does not change. Therefore, I wish Vlad to succeed in this life. Vlad is open-minded, trustful, very modest, hardworking and sympathetic. Now it’s time to take exams and graduate from a boarding school. I would like to ask you to pray together with us, that Vlad, who has already prayed the prayer of repentance, will not fall away from God and His love.
This month, when we visited the Ruden boarding school, we told the children how important it is to have peace with God, despite the fact that soon some of the children will have a lot of freedom after they finish their studies at the orphanage. We said that through having peace with God, we gain confidence in the future. We also talked about faithfulness. Faithfulness in dealing with people, and faithfulness in the relationship with God. At theses meetings, we showed the faithfulness and love of God. The graduates are often betrayed and they get disappointed. That’s why we wished to remind them of the faithfulness of God, to encourage them to stay faithful to God in spite of the leaving the orphanage.
We also talked about freedom from sin. We believe that it is the Lord who can give freedom from sin, fears, and curses. The children in the boarding schools are in great need of peace, faithfulness and freedom.
We believe that by talking to the children on current topics and spending the time with them and praying for orphans, their lives will be changed. Let ‘s pray that the Lord will keep the children on the vacation, and that the word of God will work in their hearts.

In June: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: June 30, 2017 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

So here is the end of an other school year and this season of our ministry. We had a lot of bright memories, positive emotions and victories that we got to see this year. And the biggest victory of them all has changed the lives of the children that we serve! And we are very grateful and we glorify our Heavenly Father!
The bigger part of our team served in the orphanage in Belinichi because right there we served in three different classes. In the beginning of this year we, for the first time ever, started having meetings with the youngest kids with the most difficult diagnosis. The first 2-3 months were the most difficult for us and for the kids. It was hard for the kids to understand what we wanted from them, it was difficult for them to pay attention and it was hard for them to receive bible lessons. And also they were really checking out our reliability! Often they would scream something on purpose in order to upset a lesson, they would spit on us and dry their wet hands with our cloth. They did all of that just to see how we would react in those situations! They wanted to see if we were gonna yell at them or if we would be able to love them just as they are. But we steadfastly withstood those difficulties and today we realize that it’s only God who gave us this victory because we would not be able to do that in our human power! Praise God! Today when these children meet us they meet us with joy, they try to be active during our bible lessons, and they remember some of the bible stories. The most favorite bible characters this year became Moses, Ruth and Samson. Isn’t that a victory? After all a lot of these children have difficult diagnosis, they have mental and physical disabilities, but despite this God makes them able to understand and remember bible lessons!
In the mid group the kids are special because it’s always quiet during the lessons and also they have some great mentors that work with them and even after our meetings they try and read the bible stories to the kids which we talk about during our lessons. And sometimes kids tell us which bible stories they read during the week on their own. Also often they tell us their little testimonies of how God answers their prayers.
We have special relationships with the oldest group. Some of them we know from when they were still little, when they first arrived to the orphanage. And today some of them are already graduates who very soon leave to live and study in different cities, who will very soon enter into adulthood. During this last month we tried to give them as much admonition as possible, and also answered the questions that they had. We talked to them about peace in our relationships with people and with God, about faithfulness and about the meaning of a word “freedom” from a biblical worldview. We believe that all of these admonitions are not in vain and that God will not leave these kids and He will continue to reveal His Fatherly love and care to them more and more!

In June: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: June 30, 2017 by Dobr9k in Smilovichi

Summer has begun, and with summer began last visits to boarding schools this academic year. We continue talking with guys from Smilovichi orphanage, and speaking with them about different interesting and useful topics.
This month, we told the children the story of Gideon, Job, and showed the puppet show.
The story of Gideon showed the children that God can even through a few people show His glory and save His people. It is very important to rely not on ourselves, but on the strength of our Lord. Gideon was able to defeat the army of other nations that outnumbered at hundreds of times, and we will be able to cope with the problems of our lives, thanks to the fact that we trust in God.
It was very interesting to tell the children the story of Job. Each of them lost something important in this life – that’s why they ended up in a boarding school. Job lost everything – his wealth, his children, and even his health. But he remained faithful to God. Many in this life believe that health is the most important. But the history of Job shows that there is a God who not only holds every man in his hands, but also the entire universe. He thought out everything, and knows everything. He knows even that about what modern scientists are doing only theoretical assumptions. Therefore, Job, and every child is in God’s caring hands, and He worries about every person.
This is a story with a happy ending – God took care of Job and multiplied his wealth twice.
At the end of the season of our visits we had invited a puppet theater. Guys liked very much this great staged production. During the story that the dolls showed, children learned that neither wealth, nor proper behavior, nor that their parents believed in God – none of this would help them get to God. Only personal faith in Jesus Christ is the key that opens the door to the heavenly kingdom.
Now most of children start visiting different camps, so we have a break in the service before the beginning of the school year. We are very glad that we can influence children’s lives! May God bless all who are not indifferent to the orphans of Belarus! Thank you for your spiritual and financial support!