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In January: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: February 5, 2017 by Dobr9k in Smilovichi

Hello!
We are very glad that we had an opportunity to visit the Smilovichy orphanage this month. This orphanage is interesting because there are not a lot of children and all of them come to our meetings. It is very interesting to communicate with them. img_0034The fact that there are not a lot of children allows us to create special, confidential atmosphere between all of the children. img_0024For example, any game needs volunteers, in the Smilovichy orphanage we can make games for every person.
At the beginning of a month the Christmas program was carried out. A puppet theatre has arrived to children with heroes, colorful and different in character. They told children a message about Jesus Christ’s birth. After the performance children got a Christmas present.
In a week we talked with children about Samson. It was the person who had not only opportunities,img_0019 but also he had duties. During the story we played a game in which children had to pass each other small objects without distracting. After that it became easy for children to understand why Samson did so many mistakes when he distracted from his duties.
At the next lesson we told them about Ruth. img_0043Children heard a story about the girl from other country which ate leftovers from wheatears which had left from reapers. We scattered clothes pegs and matches on the floor, we asked children to collect them, raising them one by one. So we could show Ruth’s humility, and humility which is so pleasant to God.
At the last meeting we talked with children about Anna’s prayer. How she asked God for a son and how she was happy about God who gave the answer for her prayer.
We are very glad that God gives us the chance to see children from the Smilovichy orphanage. Therefore we ask you to continue to support our ministry both by prayers and also financially.

In January: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: February 5, 2017 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

Love to one’s blood children is an undeserved gift from God. To love someone else’s child is a fruit of a humble but strong spirit grown by the long-suffering and hope in Him.img_9995 And God gives such love to the orphan children. Whatever it may sound like I am very happy that I can serve and love these small disobedient children who are in need of love.img_0148
Our trips to the Belynichy orphanage this month started with the Christmas performance in the end of which all kids received presents and surely were happy. During one of the first meetings with the smallest kids in the new 2017 year we decided to hold a small quiz over all the themes of the semester. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the kids are receiving and listening to our Bible lessons attentively, they were answering all our questions perfectly. img_0107We are discussing themes on the Old Testament with the smallest children, during one of the first meetings we had the theme “the histoy of Isaac, blessing of sons”. God gives us happiness of having family, saves us from loneliness, and presents us with wonderful children for whose sake we are ready to do anything. img_9894But precisely such God’s family full of joy and peace is a wonderful, the only unique place to warm, heal, strengthen and let all the abandoned, left alone, betrayed and condemned to loneliness  into this world. We know a lot about love and Christian principles, but every time I come to the orphanage to these kids I ask myself a question – can I love and give my love to children indeed?  I mean I count myself full of Christian love. And where is the love when I need to cocker, smother with kisses this thorny cold clot, who experienced no tenderness and care,img_0143 for whom it is so hard to believe that love actually exists. Will I have enough strengths, patience and wisdom to prove true love despite impudence and disobedience? I am learning this very kind of love during every meeting with the kids.img_0184
We had one more meeting with the theme “The History of Joseph” “The betrayal of brothers”. Family is the first small world to which each of us comes. Only after growing up and getting strong in it, having learnt the main and basic lessons and rules can a man with bravery and strength step into the big world full of dangers and impendences, tasks and trials. Can we tear the family out of our lives? Can we fill its place with anything else? And our country alone has tens of thousands children who turned out to be in this emptiness. Tens of thousands orphans…

In January: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: February 5, 2017 by Dobr9k in Vileyka

The end of the year is always full of different things going.  Holiday hustle creates atmosphere of awaiting something kind and wonderful. Children from Vileyka boarding-school are not an exception. They are children.  img_8792Long-awaited holidays start at the end of December. It’s the time when many of children will see their Italian, Irish and some of them Belarusian parents.
Together with the team we tried to make a celebration for those who usually stay in school on new years’ time. We organized a trip to Minsk with a busy schedule.
So, let’s start from timg_8803he beginning.
Children from Vileyka boarding-school came to Minsk on 28 December 2016. The first thing in our schedule was visiting oceanography museum, where children could see and hear about underwater world and its inhabitants. After visiting this museum we went to our hospitable church “Bethlehem”. There was a workshop on making New Year’s cards organized for them. Children managed to make a present for their friends and teachers. After that we had a nice dinner in church. img_8767The culmination of the trip was a nativity play. It was as if Christmas heroes rose from the pages and became alive: angels with big wings, cruel Herod, modest Joseph and Mary, even angry soldiers were so real like never before. An hour and a half of the play went by as a moment. And finally – presents, dsc_0134real presents, mutual photo and warm saying good-bye. You can’t compare this blessed feeling of giving to anything in the world.
After a break, we met together on 8 January, when young adults form church “Golgotha” showed a puppet performance for the kids.  It was an exciting time when we talked about the meaning of Christmas. Little blue tits are afraid of a man, but happily enjoy their food with other birds.dsc_0150 And God came in a man disguise to become obvious and closer to every person. Our prayer is that Jesus would become obvious and close to children from Vileyka.dsc_0132
Our warm evening finished with presents from our overseas guests from Great Britain. Members of an International team “Teams4you” brought presents for kids in Europe and personally gave it to the children. Every kid in the assembly hall had a chance to practice his English as well.
20 January we started the second half-year of the current school year. Meeting, fellowship, games and eternal truths. Most of the teens were outside because the weather allowed to spend their time on the ice rink – it’s a big delight for children. Time went by for those who came to an assembly hall: we played together, communicated and found out about Samson. The second season of our meetings is officially opened!!!