In February: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: February 29, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Smilovichi

Greetings, brothers and sisters, thank God for the opportunity to serve God with you!  This month we had 5 trips to Smilovichi shelter.  I am glad that God opens the hearts of children to be open to words and to change their lives.  We had one meeting dedicated to the faith of Abraham, and then talked about Joseph.  We combined these two topics in order to show the children that despite the difficulties and trials in life, God has everything under control.  The history of children is the history of failure of upbringing and the choice of the wrong way for parents.  Children tend to put all the blame on themselves, but we want to help the children overcome the crisis in which they are.  Stories help children see their situation through the example of other people described in the Bib

le.  Joseph’s betrayals – this event stopped for a long time after him, many people have also experienced this.  We talked about our feelings, talked about who we are asking for help and how we transfer this event.  We realized that this place is the most painful in which the children are so in need of forgiveness and healing.  Sometimes we are not allowed to talk about it!  But only after talking abput it the child gets the opportunity for full awareness and, accordingly, healing.  We also talked about forgiveness and for many children it’s hard to forgive their relatives, as  misunderstanding of their relatives leads to a dead end.  Why it is hard to forgive?  Children think that if they do not forgive, it will be worse for parents or relatives!  But this is not so; we see how the children are tormented by these situations.  God gives wisdom to have such situations to show children what will happen or will not happen when we forgive.  Our team sees how much work should be done to restore the soul.  God wants the children be free, but they do not understand because of anger and resentment!  Concluding the story of Joseph, we said that it was God who played the main role in the forgiveness and reconciliation of Joseph and the brothers.  And we showed the children that having intimacy with God, we can overcome any difficulties. I am glad that God works in the Smilovichi shelter, we see that change is overtaking children.  The great thing that we see is  when a person forgives his offenders, God reassures the children.  And now the children are becoming calmer and their behavior is getting better as  their memory. Thank you for praying for us and supporting us!  Thank God.

 

In February: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: February 29, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Rudensk

This month, at Rudensk orphanage, we decided to talk about alcohol and drugs with older children.  While they are living in the orphanage, they do not face these temptations, no one offers them to drink alcohol or try drugs, but this summer they will leave school and go to college or get a job where no one will protect them from dangers and temptations!  Speaking on these topics, we did not want to intimidate the children, but to warn and talk about the consequences of alcohol in human life.  In order to make it easier for them to understand these topics, we compared alcohol to the traps which the enemy sets for the children of God to catch and destroy them.  After all, he knows how dear we are to our Heavenly Father and that eternity depends on the choice of a person here on earth. During those topics, children asked questions and shared their stories, because many of them were without parents precisely because they drank or used drugs.  The girl Alesia began to be indignant about what she heard and said that she would not forgive her mother, since she drank a lot and began to bum on the street, ceasing to take care of her.  The children began to express their pain, which they hid for so long and deeply, trying to forget everything and in prayer began to ask God to help them to forgive and receive healing from all the injuries inflicted on them since childhood.  Thank God!!! Together with topics for older children, we conducted Bible lessons for younger children and during 3 lessons told the story of Joseph’s life.  With the help of visual aids and in a playful way, the children were interested in listening and understanding the meaning of the defeats and victories of Joseph and his family.  After all, he was betrayed and abandoned, experienced a lot of pain, but thanks to the love of God, he could forgive everyone and achieve God’s heights in his life.  This story is relevant for each of the children, they also said that they did not want to take revenge, but to forgive !!!

In February: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: February 29, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Belinichy

Every time we visit children in the orphanage, I come back with a heavy heart. For many years I have been blessed by God with the opportunity to serve the orphans, but I cannot soothe the feeling I have when I come bank from the children, it is about the injustice and those circumstances the children occurred into. It is about those kids for whom there is no future such as those with Down’s disease… I always feel sorry for the children. I always think of what I can do to make their life better. And every time I realize that only God can really take care for them and change their lives, so that these children could also have Hope! For better life, life with God in Whom all their desires, dreams and goals can be satisfied. In this ministry most of all I see God’s hand and His care for the orphans. Our God is the God of the fatherless. I rejoice that I can at least a little bit be useful in God’s work. That I can tell about the truth and God’s love to the kids, to have a good influence on them. And to help them get to know about a better life with God through such stories as “Prayer and promise of Hanna”, “Samuel and Elijah”, Joseph’s story about dreams, betrayal, Potiphar’s house, forgiveness, “Hagar and Ismael”, these were the themes we discussed with the younger kids. With the eldest we spoke about “alcohol and drug addiction, deceit”.

In February: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: February 28, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

As you know, Valentine’s day is celebrated on February 14. The whole world is looking for a source of true love and elevates romantic relationships in perfect absolute. Especially teenagers. Especially those boys and girls who constantly live nearby. On account of the holiday, we prepared a treat for the guys. But the cakes and juice were just an introduction to a deep conversation. Our new volunteer Nikita suggested to explore the biblical approach to love and relationships in general. For the guys it was a very honest conversation and sincere testimony of a christian about family life. After all, it’s not easy to establish relationships between two different planets, between boys and girls. Nikita has his own family, they have a child. He shared not only the joys, but also the difficulties of family relationships. Teenagers often have “pink glasses» through which they see their life partners as perfect human beings. Indeed, the main emphasis was made on the fact that God is the source of true love, and the fullness of His love was manifested in His Son Jesus Christ. Love is primarily an action. Truly loves not the who receives, but the one who gives. We want our guys from the orphanage to grow into full-fledged responsible husbands and fathers.

In January: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: January 31, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

In January our tutees were back to school returning from their long Christmas holidays. A lot of them spend their holidays in Italy, some went home while there were those who had to celebrate New Year at the asylum. In our first meeting this year we asked the kids to share about their holidays. For almost every tutee it is a true pride to claim he or she spent this special time of the year with their families – parents and siblings. And the real challenge is to stay awake as long as possible and not fall asleep during the New Year’s night. They were so excited to say when was the latest time they went to bed. Certainly the kids would naturally omit their family traditions to get drunk and raise scandals. For them this all goes together with the notion of celebrating something. So that’s why the kids would remember and tell only about the good time they spent TOGETHER – because the orphanage robbed it from them from early childhood. These simple children stories prove absolute vitality of every human being to have a Home. Not just a house with a rooftop and walls. The government provided they have it. But a Home is first and foremost about relationships, acceptance and genuine care. And this kind of heaven the Lord descended to bring back to this earth. Our prayers go for the Vileyka Orphanage tenants so that through believing in Jesus Christ they would one day retrieve the feeling of acceptance and belongness to their heavenly Home. We arranged a big celebration at the asylum. In cooperation with the youth from Golgotha church we brought a puppet theatre to the kids on January 24th. The kids were in for games, a lot of interactive scenes between the puppets and their excited audience, getting-to-know activities and of course a surprise behind the curtain! The heroes of the puppet show reminded a lot of the kids so the latter could relate to them easily – they could see the puppets who make friends, break up, act naughty and are always excited to get to know new things – just like themselves. The heroes of the staged play were witnesses of the Christmas story, of how Lord Jesus came to this world. And the faraway Palestine became so close while the events were unfolding right before the children’s eyes. No holiday goes without gifts! So at the end of the party each child received a present. Everyone was pleased and happy! A lot of kids would approach the performers and thank them and a lot of them expressed their gratitude for the gifts. And then we had to leave – only to come back again! Until February!

In January: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: January 31, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Belinichy

Brothers and sisters, I am grateful to you for your prayers for orphan ministry in Belarus and for children! We are glad that God has moved us to a new level and all our dreams have already come true! This month God has blessed us and we have had a great opportunity to visit the orphanage school in Belynichi. At first, we saw that God fulfilled the children’s physical needs. When came there they ran to us and told how God answered their prayers. Some of them got a new long-awaited pack of pencils other got a new pair of shoes, a flashlight or new glasses. Simple gifts brought great joy to the kids whose childhood was stolen. “Dima, what unusual present did you use to get?” they asked me. It was hard for me to remember something like that because my father had been brought up at orphanage, so he didn’t give us any presents and often got drunk. That’s why the best present for us was our father’s good mood and sobriety. When I told the teenagers about that I realized that the majority of them have the same past. God also blessed us, and we could organize a Christmas event! I thank you, brothers and sisters, for your help with getting and spreading presents, your prayers and your participation in the program itself! We notice that during such events children and orphanage workers are especially open to talk about God and faith. Christ is born! “But who is He?”, newcomers asked. They grew up in small villages and didn’t hear about this holiday and its birthday person. We were happy to tell them that Father God gave Jesus, the Son of God, who brought Peace, Joy and Love to the world! We could also visit them later and discuss more serious issues connected with the orphans’ everyday life. We talked about swearing, why they swear, what people around think about it and, which is the most important, what God thinks about it. We discussed what we could practically do to get rid of swearing. Roma said that when he lost his temper he would try to restrain himself for at least the first ten seconds. He said that he would do it step by step. Sasha said “if you want to come to the finish line you have to move toward it”. I am happy that it was a good time where everyone said that during the week they would try to cope with their addictions.Many children have a wrong example of life and we are the only ones who come and help the teenagers to see the right way. Friends, let’s pray for God to keep the planted seed and their faith would grow on the right grounds! Praise the Lord!

In January: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: January 30, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Rudensk

Hello, dear friends!  This new year we had the opportunity to attend the Rudensk orphanage.  I am grateful to God for the opportunity to see how children are enriched when we come to them.  When we go to orphanage teenagers and children run out to meet us.  One situation I have remembered: “we went to the orphanage and we see a little girl sitting.  I thought that she arrived here not long time ago and she was delighted when she saw us.  We went up and asked her name, she was embarrassed, but still answered.  Looking at Veronica, the girl from our team, she said a little audibly: “can you hug me?” Veronica agreed and the girl hugged her very tightly, and then said: “I really miss hugs”.  There are many similar stories and we see children who do not have enough hugs.  Teenage girls, growing up, build an early relationship to fill their void, which emerged from a lack of parental attention. We were also able to hold a Christmas performance. When we were talking with the administration, they told that we were the first this year who made a Christmas performance and said about the Nativity of Jesus.  Many people come for the new year, but no one spoke about the birth of Jesus.  All the children came to the show, as well as the teachers.  We are pleased that we can speak directly about our Savior and celebrate the Birth of Jesus together.  Thank God!  Looking at the children, I saw that seeing the performance they seemed to forget where they were and what was with them 20-30 minutes ago.  Everything seemed to be transferred to the story of the Birth of Christ.  The Christmas performance flew by and the children, as well as the teenagers, were so inspired by everything that was happening that they told us how time flew by imperceptibly!  It  was a good occasion to  remind the children once again about our weekly meetings, as well as invite new children who have not yet come to us. We had several more meetings where we talked about mats and their impact on human life, as well as theft, which is a real problem for most orphans.  I really want the graduate students, who will finish school in a few months, not to be in a situation where, due to the inability to use money and plan their budget, they begin to steal and for this they are sent to prison.  But we want every child to be savvy and to know and understand what his theft will lead to.  We also talked about pure speech.  Children are so injured that talking obscenely is just normal for them!  Often, because of this, the children have a lot of problems, when they fight with the teachers, they are more punished for their words.  We talked about the power of words and the consequences of bad words.  The children thought and said: “Dima, we will try to restrain ourselves and try to say less offensive words.”  We also see that the children actively participate in the study of bible verses.  They copy them in notebooks and then show them to us.  And we make out verse by verse. Dear brothers and sisters, we thank God for you, that together with you we can serve our God, visiting places of despair!  Pray for the children, that the life of orphans will change!