Archive for April 1, 2016

In March: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: April 1, 2016 by Dobr9k in Smilovichi

We have just finished our first month. At the beginning of the month it was cold and gray outside, fZf7zHj-ruwHowever, Spring finally made an appearance. The weather turned from cold and gray to warm and sunny. Our children are doing very well. The appearance of spring has brought joy to the children’s hearts. This joy has made our meetings with the children even more joyous. In March we had the opportunity to work with 14 children of various ages. Due to the variety of ages we had to teach our Bible lessons in such a way to engage all of the children. We introduced the children to the Bible stories about the 10 lepers, and the rich man named Lazarus. We also had the opportunity to talk to the children about how GIMG_4800od always fulfills His promises. March 8th was International Women’s Day. Due to this we had a special celebratory meeting in which we made cards for the children’s moms and grandmas to whom they dream of returning to! I so hope that their parent’s hearts change. I pray that as a result the children will be able tosd4mX6P2J-Q return to a healthy and happy family. I also pray that the cards the children made would find their way to loving and caring grandmothers and mothers. At the second craft lesson the children made paper toys, this allows them to show their talent and exercise their imagination. We also had the opportunity to talk to the children dH19E04u2sYabout friendship. This topic is very relevant for the children of the shelter. Because, they are all only there temporarily. Often they either do not have enough time to build friendships or they make great friends that they quickly have to say goodbye to.

We have been teaching the children to pray and to bring their needs before the Lord. One boy has been praying very passionately to God. Begging God to return him home. The boy has such an open and sincere heart.0_8a6c4_c13c3ca1_M His faith is so sincere; he truly believes that he will be going home soon. The Lord heard the boy’s prayers. Two weeks later he returned home. This brought so much joy to both the boy and us. This was such an amazing example to the other children about how God always hears them and is with them.

In March: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: April 1, 2016 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

In March we have started visiting our kids again after a whole month of quarantine in the IMG_4963 orphanage. Because of a long period of our absence, the kids were very glad to see us again, and they have been preparing to our meeting. Especially the youngest ones. It was very pleasant to see their happy faces as they were running towards us with the words “Mom, I’ve beIMG_4553en missing you so much!” and hugging us tight afterwards.

Even their housemistress shared her notice of how the kids were missing and getting ready for the meeting. The children were playing games extremely actively and were doing it with great pleasure. They were very attentive while listening to the story about Lazarus and the rich man. At the end of our lessons we always try to image-3858278eba898b495c09a6a20ba1f96a536a57097b5f17e20a1e7d40ebefbe05-Vpresent the kids with some colouring pictures according to the discussed topic in order to help them memorize it and give them a visual example. I was very surprised to see that the children save all these colouring pictures with which they were working during the lessons in separate folds and that they do the colouring itself more seriously. One can see that this is importaIMG_4959nt for them.

We also watched the cartoon “God-Man”. The kids reacted in different ways and all of them were impressed by it very much. While watching they were asking a lot of questions, empathized the plot and were very active during the discussion afterwards.

For the elder children there were also discussions on the topics “Alcohol” and “ IMG_4916Hypocrisy”. Dima told about what influence the alcohol brings on the human’s organism, that there is a danger of addiction and a lot of harm for a man. Zheniya talked about hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a sin of duplicity. The hypocrisy is based upon lie, and the father of lie is the devil. The life of a hypocrite cannot be a life in God, his life is always controlled by_0__8 the evil inclination. “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined” (Matthew 12:25). A hypocritical, double-hearted person lives two lives at once. One of them can be seen by others, and the other one is internal and hidden.