Archive for February, 2015

In January: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: February 4, 2015 by Dobr9k in Vileyka

The second month of the winter has passed. It was very successful despite of the fact that we missed one trip to Vileyka because the majority of our team was ill. We managed to visit the orphanage three times and every visit was remarkable.
TfZ5t0UfdD20he fist trip happened during winter vacations and that’s why we could come to children earlier and spend more time with them. We showed one film about sports achievements and also played football with older boys and girls. 4Rzvc2beV6oChildren love sports there and compete with different schools. Sport unites everybody and that’s why it was a good opportunity to become closer to children and also to dispel the myth that Christians just pray all the time, read the Bible, seat in churches and don’t have any sense of humour. Children thought so and told us about it and also joked that we are not real Christians.czg3S9jxClo I don’t know how this stereotype had been formed in them. The main thing is that they changed their views about it!
During the rest trips we were trying to change children’s opinions about God. During the lessons we told them that God is not an angry policeman, neither is he a Santa Claus who just presents gifts on ChristmasDSC05488. He is not just a carpenter from Bethlehem, neither is he an evil old man who punish everybody for any sins. But he IS a loving, forgiving and caring God of the whole Universe who is not careless about the lives of the orphans. Besides that, one member of our team shared her testimony about her difficult childhood with drug and alcohol addicted parents. Only personal meeting with God helped her to change her and their lives, to get forgiveness for all the sins… After this testimony children got a kind of hope and many of them cried. I believe that God is changing their lives, too and that they will get better lives with our Christ. We pray for that, and you, please, join our prayers.

In January: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: February 2, 2015 by Dobr9k in Rudensk

Christmas time is so special and it reminds us that God is not indifferent to the world and He cares about people. God cares about each individual and God showed his love through sending His only Son Jesus Christ to the Earth.DSC05497
This month we went to the orphanage in Rudensk. There are 175 orphans and we believe each kid needs love, hope, and faith. Some of the kids even can’t understand their need to an extent because of their bad diagnoses.  Not everybody can treat such badly ill kids in a good and tolerant way.  DSC05522What can we do about such a society which is not ready to accept and treat kids with disabilities or those who are different from them  well? Can we change the society we live in.  We believe we can but it can take time.  Every year kids leave the orphanage and start their own life. We don’t always pay attention to how their life goes. They got used to the life in the orphanage with “the same kids like them”.IMG_7101
We dream about the society where kids can have a good life, they are treated well, nobody mocks at them or abuses them and where his society accepts such special kids as those who see this world in their own way. DSC05514But still it’s just a dream yet. And we want kids be prepared for the life out of the orphanage.
The news about Jesus Christ born is good news for the kids with disabilities and also for their supervisors. A lot of them need faith and hope as they leave the orphanage, they don’t have anyone except for God and the team of Christians that serve them and made friends with them. DSC05507I think our visits to the orphanage are very important as they help them understand their future life out of the orphanage better and build their own life on   the right foundation – Christian values. Jesus Christ’s birth shows and proves God’s love and hope that the orphans need so much.IMG_6933
The orphans that were at the performance could see how God helps and how mighty He is to change the circumstances around us.  There was the director of the orphanage   and the staff at the performance. After the performance, DSC05502the director of the orphanage expressed his gratitude to the team for the contribution to the orphans spiritual development. When we gave presents to the orphans we got to know that some of them have never heard about Christmas as their families didn’t celebrate it and didn’t tell them about God. It was such a blessing to see the orphans so happy, with their eyes shining from delight and hope that they can overcome everything with God. I have recently talked to the orphan who left the orphanage and eventually he is no longer with a bad diagnosis that he used to have back in the orphanage. I’ve noticed the hope in his eyes, the hope that only God can give.
I’m so glad our visits bring fruit and Christmas brings hope and faith to people’s hearts!