In November:“Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: November 30, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Smilovichi

Greetings brothers and sisters! I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him and spread His Kingdom on earth! In November we had the opportunity to serve in Smilovichy orphanage. It is so joyful to see God moving and doing his work! Yarik and Paulina – older children, often asked us such questions as: “Why are we in the orphanage? Why did God allow such a situation in their lives?” Indeed, as children they don’t deserve to live in the orphanage. Not childish questions encourage us to hold non-standard meetings. This month we have destroyed the delusion that have permeated every orphanage. Almost all of the children in the orphanages think that God is evil, He seeks out our mistakes and then punishes us. Once during our conversation with Yarik he said: “Maybe we did something wrong and God is punishing us and that’s why we are in the orphanage now.” I said:  ” Yarik and Pauline, God is a loving Father who doesn’t want His children to perish.” After we kept telling them that God is pure and His thoughts towards us are pure. He wants us to have a correct idea of Him. That evening we prayed to their mother could solve all the problems quiсkly and be able to take them from the shelter. Another deception was over! The devil slanders and deceives children and people, but God is not like the devil, He is loving and compassionate. We talked for a long time with the guys, and then I advised them to pray and told them that God hears prayers and answers them. God is omnipresent, and He will definitely help. When we arrived at the orphanage next time, we found out that Yarik and Paulina were taken by their mother . God allows different moments to happen, so  children can see God’s reality and believe in His love and power. Faith and prayer always lead to change. I’m glad for guys being homes! Let us pray that the sprouts of faith will bear fruit at the time! Also this month three more children were brought. They are brothers and sister. In the photo you can see children who have never heard of God in their lives. We are so glad that we can come and talk about God to them. And later, as a result we can see delight in children’s eyes when they realize that God is real! “Dima, tell me who God is? Is He strong? Can He protect me when I’m scared? And does God have angels? Are they beautiful?”- so many simple questions that children are interesting in. We told a story about Adam and Eve, and then we painted a picture with a biblical plot and it was interesting how the children were retelling the story during the painting.  Many words were swallowed, and some words were poorly pronounced.  But God was especially felt in that place.  Then we were discussing Cain and Avel.  How envy destroys not only friendship, but even brothers become enemies.  But the purpose of this lesson was to help them learn how to speak when they feel bad, sad or ask if they want something, but not to steal and fight.  We told them how parents teach children not to be upset, but to say everything that they feel so that anger or envy won’t reach and destroy them.  It seems that the children are waiting for us every Tuesday and expecting new biblical stories from us. Every child may be changed!  Look at the photos on our website, pray for the children that they will be found by a loving family!  God bless you!

In November: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: November 30, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Rudensk

In November I held all the meetings with the older guys. We held with them sport relays. When we  participate in various competitions all together, we become сloser and the guys begin to trust us more. I believe that no word of Scripture is wasted. I know, all the topics like “fear, envy, greed” and the texts from the Bible that we’ve been thinking about with the guys will bear fruit, if not now then later. Fear, envy and greed are very urgent problems for them,  which they live in for years and can’t do anything about it. And our tasks are to help them to understand how they can coupe  with these problems, show a way out of these situations, to direct them end tell them that  Lord is able to release them from all their difficult situations and problems. At the end of our meetings we invite everyone to pray and some guys ( new ones who haven’t prayed yet) agree to pray with us. Thus we can see how our works and the action of the Holy spirit change the guys.  Polina and Zhenya prayed with me for the last time. Zhenya (as far as know) prayed  the first time. It’s hard for the guys to come out, as the others make fun of them. Our task is to explain that life with the Lord is interesting and vivid. We want to show the children an interesting God, who is able to change their lives for the better. This month, the children began to pray even more. The prayers of the children, their conversations with God are so touching: “Lord, thank you for coming guys and thank you for not forgetting us!” “Lord, help our parents to change and make everything good for them”, ” Lord, guys offend and insul

t me, help me!”. I’m glad that the Bible lessons we teach, help children to get to know God. Children do their homeworks enthusiastically. So nice to see how the guys try to accurately retell the lesson. And it’s not even a prize they will receive, but  they just want to remember the lessons and they  memorise them ! God changes children through His word. And our visits to the children help to deepen further the understanding of God’s love and care of them. It’s nice to see that the team that serves God is changing too and every child gets mentor and friend. All these are possible due to prayers, that give strength and help to move in the direction of God’s plan. Friends, thank you for your prayers! Thank you for your work for God! Let’s pray for the children on the eve of Christmas!

 

In November: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: November 29, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Belinichy

Once it turned cold, it became more and more difficult to get outside, but it didn’t impact our meetings with the guys. So every week, as usually, we met with them. Our lesson topics were ”Noah’s ark”, “The tower of Babel”, “Moses”. Though the guys were familiar with these topics there was no lack of interest. Through Noah’s story we emphasized that God hates sin, but sees and loves people loyal to him. Then they answered the questions and for every right answer they were allowed to “save” one pair of paper animals, which were stuck on the poster with the ark. They tried to do their best to get that animals.One more interesting moment was during the story about the tower of Babel. Everyone was allowed to speak any language one knew. English, German, Italian, even French were used. Then we found out we did not understand each other.It is when our story about the tower began. I memorized the boy Vanya’s prayer at the end of the lesson. In his prayer he wanted the school to change, so that it would be peace instead of feud and misunderstanding like in Babilon. It was really sincere and touching. Despite other children’s mockery he continued praying and then it became quiet. I hope everyone heard that short and honest prayer and changings will take place. Changings in the hearts of the guys and the educators first. The older guys discussed “Revenge”, “Fears”, “Envy”, “Greed” which are simple, but always actual and important topics.We’re praying for changings in the children’s hearts and glad we can be with them and be a little part of their lives.

In November: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: November 29, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

November is not only about greyish weather and shortened days. November is also about school holidays. And because so many children were leaving for holidays, we took a decision not to interfere with their lives during that period. However, after the holidays were over, it was so exciting to finally meet again – and everyone was looking forward to that meeting! Teens love to listen and watch videos by popular bloggers who really won the minds of the generation Z. A lot of bloggers are our teens’ peers, actually. So what we did is we talked about things they care – like cars, extraordinary stunts, pranks, tricks, etc. Bloggers become teens’ role models who they look up to, dreaming to become as trendy, independent and, of course, as popular. So we think it is really important to introduce an alternative mindset to our kids (Christian mindset) where one’s significance is not something they have to earn but something that is already granted to them by Grace. Kids love to listen to stories about Christ. The last one that we shared with them is the story where Jesus tamed the tempest. We focused on the fact that Christ’s friends were scared – and twice so! The first time the disciples were frightened of the storm. Each of us gets once in the eye of the life storm: when parents leave us, when friends turn their back on us, when things don’t happen as they should at once. And the storms come along with the bad feelings – fear, inferiority complex, lack of confidence… At such moments we feel as if God is so far away, as if He’s sleeping and simply doesn’t care… The second time that the disciples were scared was when the storm was over. They finally understood how powerful the Son of God is! There was Someone who has power over the darkest storm in life. People often underestimate Christ thinking that all the stories about Him are part of the religious rhetoric. But the Good News is about having a personal encounter with Christ after which your life won’t be the same again. A new volunteer Vika joined our team! She is a hair stylist – what will allow her not just to create beautiful hair styles but have a quality time with them also. Christmas season has begun and as usual we are busy with preparing gifts for our kids and arranging a trip to a Christmas play for them. Apart from our annual agenda for the season, we have had a request from the asylum’s administration. We got to know that hiking was one of the kids’ most loved past times. And now we need to collect funds for two hiking tents. And our prayer need remains the same – unfortunately, due to different circumstances not all volunteers on our team, including drivers, are able to join the team for each trip to the asylum. And we aspire for regular weekly trips – and ask you to support this wish of our hearts in your prayers! Thank you for your kind concern and help!

 

In October:“Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: October 31, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Smilovichi

During this month I had a great opportunity to visit children in Smilovichy orphanage. The first thing that’s especially pleasing is that the staff of the orphanage is very friendly and hospitable! They always provide us with classroomы for our meetings, also they collect themselves all the children and bring them to our meetings. For today, there are only four children in the orphanage. Each of them is unique, talented and communicative in his own way. Of course, at the very beginning it wasn’t easy to establish report with the guys, as they checked us out and didn’t want to let us get too close. And one of the girls tried with all her might show us that she wasn’t interested in and that she didn’t really want to hear about God and everything connected with Him. Sometimes she was insolent, she could interrupt us during Bible lessons, but at the same time this girl gave the best answers to the questions and memorized Bible lessons better than other children. For 2 months our communion these guys have become close to us. Today children become more and more open to us, they’re also ready to hear about God. They even try to think about what God does for them. Also I want to say a few words about two brothers – Artem and Arseny. They’re younger than other children, they are five and six years old. We feel that they have a great need of love, tenderness and parental embrace. Of coursе we are all want their birth family to recover, or if the boys will be

adopted, we hope that their adoptive family will be able to accept and love them sincerely! These boys are very kind, gentle and cheerful, despite all the situations that they’ve been through. When we play games, they don’t play each for himself, but they want to be both winner. If one starts to lose the other runs immediately to help him. And such a behavior doesn’t come naturally to orphans, especially when they are in the orphanage. There they go separate ways! I have been serving orphans for many years, but over the years I realise more and more that not only we teach them, introducing Heavenly Father to them, but God Himself works on our hearts through these kids. I want to encourage all partial christians to pray for all these kids go to families and also for Arseny and Artem remain loving, kind and thoughtful brothers who know God! All throughout October we told them about various God’s personality traits. The kids already know that God is The Creator, who created the earth and all that is in it. They also know that God is the bread of life and the light for everyone who walk in the darkness. At the last meeting of this month we told them that God is love and about Jesus Christ’s feat on Golgotha. We don’t know how long these kids will be in Smilovichy orphanage and how many meetings we will have with them, but we believe at the right time we or our brothers and sisters in Christ will reap the fruits from the word of God we have told the kids. Let this bring glory to God!

 

In October: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: October 30, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Rudensk

During this month I had сommunication with the older guys only. Usually we pray before our communion . Some of the guys like to dance, so they show us their dance performances. In order to support the guys, we try to memorise and show a few dance moves, which they use in their dance. Also Dima prepared for discussion such important topics as: gossip, loneliness, betrayal. He tried to convey these topics to the guys thoroughly and in detail. I’m particularly discussed with the guys the subject of insult .It is also a very important topic for them. To my mind during this month we had a good personal contact with the guys .For example several times one of the older guys, whose name is Ruslan, came up to me for advice. Ruslan has a friend. They had a first fight, as Ruslan broke his music speaker accidentally. But Ruslan had no money to pay for it, so he was very upset. First of all I advised him to ask for forgiveness, and then pay for this thing, if it’s possible. My advice appeared to be helpful for him. Th

en, next time Ruslan came up to me and said, that he can’t control anger when someone call him bad names and that he always has no patience. He also said that believers have never ups and downs and that they are always so patient and righteous. And cited Noah as the example. But I told him that in reality believers have difficult circumstances in their life and in most cases we can’t get through difficulties on our own. Only with Christ’s help and prayers we are able to go through life with dignity. I told him to spend more time praying and also to play sports and reach the set bars to develop patience. Also I’m encouraged that the kids are getting closer to us (maybe I’m being a little sensitive) at least those who come to the meetings

In October:“Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: October 30, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

In October we continued to visit the orphanage. In summer a new director came to school. The previous director was tolerant to our team and all the activities that Christians have organized here. So, this time we had to think over strategies of cooperation with the authorities of the orphanage. On October, 11, 2019 Dima Nachina had a meeting with Sergei Nikolaevich who is a deputy director for socially educational work. By the way this man had a birthday a few days before. So, we used an opportunity to congratulate him and talk to him personally. The conversation was very warm, and he allowed us to continue coming here. We were provided with the list of the names of the orphans and their carers from 8 classes. It is remarkable that many of these classes consist of the children with parents (so called “home“ children). Before that we didn’t have an access to such classes because the authorities were afraid of parents‘ complaints. One girl from our team once said: “it‘s a pity we don’t have enough people. But it is just a prayer need“.

After the meeting with the authorities we had a meeting with teenagers. Dima shared the Word of God with the boys-teenagers. The topic was “Loneliness”. It goes without saying that every teenager has acute issues such as self-image, looking for friends and feeling of self-worth despite collective nature of their life at school. These questions are especially important for orphans who live in the atmosphere of rejection and rudeness.

It worked out very well. There were a lot of examples from the orphanage life and a lot of challenges for them as well. We could say that this topic touched the hearts of all who were present because they listened very attentively and asked a lot of questions. Undoubtedly, the climax of the lesson became the conclusion that God is ready to be everyone’s friend regardless of their social status. Faith is the foundation for such relationship and Jesus is the mediator who proved that we are not lonely in this world. At the end we, as usual, said goodbye in a warm atmosphere.We continue to pray and ask you to join in our prayer needs. Pray for our team and opportunities to go here; Pray that God will reach the children’s hearts.