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In September: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: October 1, 2016 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

So here we come again starting our ministry for orphans! So many positive emotions, happy smiles on children’s faces and the desire to share with you what we’ve done during the summer. That’s how we can describe September!img_9182
At the moment there are more little kids in Belynichie boarding-school. img_9429There are lots of new kids who we already got to know. We decided to divide them in 3 groups because their knowledge and the development is different. We hope that it will help to get to know more kids and there will be more chances to build strong relationships with them.
We’ve already done bible lessons based on stories from Old Testament in groups with the little ones. Creation of the world, the sin of Adam and Eve, story about Cain and Abel and of course – Noah’s arch. May be it seems that these are very simple examples, but they show how great and powerful our God is!img_9347
img_9411Older children have “the month of friendship” right now. We’ve chosen a friendship topic for our meetings with them. This topic is of current interest for secondary school students. Unfortunately, many of the children that age picture this term incorrectly. So we talked about faithfulness in friendship, showing love in friendship and why we need friends. At one of the meeting we did a lot of sport’s activities so that little kids could participate as well. img_9184It was great to see that children now accept not only their successes , but also their defeats! img_9120Both teams got consolation prizes at the end of competitions.
It is also amazing to feel how children trust you and at the end of every meeting they look for a chance to talk to you one to one, to tell you about their thoughts and worries, disappointments, and sometimes big and small joys.
When we come home after a regular visit we feel physically exhausted but at the same time we are so delighted that we spent such a great time with children! Praise God for such an amazing time!

In September: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: October 1, 2016 by Dobr9k in Rudensk

Hello everybody!

A new study year has started. We with the team have been preparing for this event for a long time, because the beginning of the school img_9017year is a quite exciting event for the children and for us. During the summer, all graduates have gone to other schools or got a job, so there were only guys who constantly come to us, or came just for a few meetings.
img_9395At the very first meeting we decided to hold relays. First of all – it allows kids through physical activity to perform different tasks to splash out emotions that have accumulated over the holidays. And secondly, the relay – this is a very good way quickly to get a close dialogue and to pay attention, as much as possible, of the new guys who used to come to us.
I thank God for the opportunity to serve to the children, because during our meetings we help children to solve problems that exist in the lives of children and to help them in self-developing.
img_8995It was very nice to hear that kids missed us. Many of them said that they really wanted us to come as soon as possible.
I want to say that there are visible changes in children. We see how the guys who previously searched only personal gain, began to be responsive, attentive and began to respect more the guys that surround them. img_9160Largely it has become possible because of the regular visits to the orphanage.
On the next meeting a lot of guys have come. We talked to them on the theme of friendship. We told them how to choose a real friend, and showed different examples of friends – both good and bad. Our goal is to help children to make new friends, to learn themselves to be real friends, and most importantly – to show an example of God as our friend, Who shows us an example of true friendship. Because when they come out of the boarding school, they should be able to make friends in the new companies, to find real friends, and to set personal boundaries.
Friends, I ask you to support prayerfully our ministry that the word that is sown would change their lives and their destinies have been changed for the better.

In September: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: October 1, 2016 by Dobr9k in Vileyka

Summer is over and September is here. We looked forward to it so much, but we also had some fear about it. We had a great desire to continue visiting children and evangelising, but a question popped out “how to do it and what transport to use”? The team has prayed a lot and waited for the answer from God. And we got this answer very soon, and a new member to our team – Aleksei.img_9139

We discussed the format of our meeting with team beforehand: first 15-20 minutes we communicate with all kids and then we split into groups. We were worrying a little. We didn’t know what to expect and how the children will react to “the news” we had. img_9141Nevertheless, even here we saw God’s mercy. Children were running to us shouting “They’ve arrived” when they saw us coming through the school gates.
We all gathered in an assembly hall. There were lots of children, like never before. During the summer 20 new children came to this school. We could also see that the children have grown up. Everybody wanted to get some attention. Some children couldn’t wait to go to their mini groups to share what has happened to them during the summer. image-0-02-05-e3f841603f8324a7cab8e2d4dbf59d107220f3fb4f4b455eacc89b858eb2edfb-vAnd after that, we all met again.
Children were soaking up every word and they were so excited. We sang, played games, learned and repeated the rules to keep discipline. Many kids asked about Pasha. We knew what to tell them even before our visit. We decided to tell them the story as it is. We talked about Pasha’s love for this school, to be exact – his love for the children , image-0-02-05-7c7c03af82d208ab961e5e0053c21808b120d0ccb53352481f5192e11cf00117-vand that now he is in heaven with the Lord, Who loves every one of us, and if we accept Him into our hearts we will meet up in Heaven one day.
After 20 minutes we all split into groups. I’ll share about the meeting with the little ones. It was the time when everybody could share what he did in summer, and for us, it was the time when we could devote time and attention to every kid. We had sweet treats for kids in our group and we talked about friendship. We remembered once again Who is our true best friend and the examples of friendship from the Bible img_9147( many of which we talked about last year). We were delighted to hear kids talking about last year stories interrupting each other. We could see that it wasn’t difficult for them, but important. They even corrected each other. One boy once said:
– My Italian mum said there is no God, and that everything written in the Bible is a fairy-tale.image-0-02-05-b048130678c95aff95f553a8d40b7f14ffaf6e96a2b014ed511c0167ee3550d1-v
– We were about to start talking about it, when Lyonia interrupted us and with strong assurance said:
– Your mum must have confused something or maybe she knows nothing because I know that everything, written in the Bible, is true! I know it!
That was such an encouragement for us. We see how God shows us His love through the kids. We see how He shows the changes in these little hearts. Some time ago when we came to this school we could only see in their hearts pain, fear and desire to win attention for themselves, now they are different. Sometimes we even don’t have to explain how we can use the examples from the Bible for our own life – children show us how to straight away. Praise God for His love and mercy to us that we get through this ministry as well.