Archive for March 3, 2017

In February: “Rudensk orphanage”

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Dobr9k in Rudensk

February is the month of changes! Thank you if you pray for the ministry for orphans in our country! img_0596The main progress is that after a period of time we are allowed to work with little kids again. We had this issue for a few years. It was okay to visit older kids and teenagers, but not allowed to see little kids. img_0585We had problems in preparing a program for this ministry. When graduates were leaving school, little kids were getting older and started to come to our meetings. We were happy to meet them, but those kids didn’t know a thing about God and His Word. We prayed a lot about getting a permission to see little kids.
And God heard our prayers! Now we can work with these kids and moreover teachers and mentors themselves are eager to help us in any way.
img_0399Children are quite clever and witty, even though they had different diagnoses. They are good at remembering Bible stories and when we come next time, they canimg_0590 recall the stories from previous meetings. This month they have heard about the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Arch.
We continue the ministry with teenagers too. One of the urgent problems is early pregnancy and falling in love, as boys and girls often confuse what real love and falling in love are. We can already see the consequences of that: the girls who have recently finished school are already pregnant from those who had just played with them and now left them alone. Hatred, blaming, scoffing – a whole bunch of things were awaiting them. img_0485That is why we talked about it a lot this month. img_0421We said that every decision also starts with a thought about how important it is to stop on time. We also talked about how important it is to appreciate those people, who try to teach us something and in general appreciate everything that we have today.
We continue to pray that our ministry will go on and will influence the lives of orphans. We pray that orphans will not give life to new orphans, but instead that their kids will grow in healthy families. It all starts from school! Praise be to god that His Word is being spread and bears fruit. We believe as Paul said: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. We trust in the Lord, Who can make big changes even in a stony heart!

In February: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

This month was very productive and interesting. There are three groups in the orphanage in Belinichy right now. We split our team in three groups and work with different ages.img_0501 The first group are the youngest kids, the second group is older, and the third group are teenagers.
The youngest have already learned about creation, Adam and Eve, Abel and Cain, Noah and how the tower of Babylon was built.img_0506
It inspires our group to see that the kids in spite of the special diagnoses are active during JDT time and a lot of them remember and can retell what they have learned before.
img_0673In the middle group the kids have learned about Moses, Egyptian curses and the life of God’s people in wilderness. After every lesson the kids have special tasks or crafts and they can do it very well.
The teenagers group had some lessons, where such questions as “ How to really value what you have “img_0658, “Everyone has got a talent”, “ Everything starts with idea” were discussed.
Some of the kids are school leavers this year. We decided to have a special lesson for them to understand the difference of being loved or attracted. img_0450We want the kids to build strong families in the future .
Every time when we get ready for the meeting with kids and are in the process of preparing all the materials, we understand that God really works in our hearts too. In general , this ministry for these kids helps you to understand who you are and if you are really ready to sacrifice your time and money and energy. It helps you to see if you are able to accept the others the way they are. While there, you understand how important every word or action can be. The kids see how you react to different situations. They read you as a book! We highly recommend everyone to go and serve such kids at least once a month and through this ministry God would change not only the kids’ hearts but also yours.

In February: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Dobr9k in Smilovichi

We are still going to the Smilovichsky orphanage to serve children who had been taken away from families or their parents have died. img_0353Each of us tries to show love and care to everyone which they need very much. The Lord let us work with these great children and we use as much as possible this time and resources to tell them about Jesus Christ and about his family on this earth – God’s Churches.img_0354
In February, we spoke about David’s life: how he loved God, he didn’t stop singing songs of praise and worship despite of hard work and the attack of a lion and bear! We also gave examples from our life; hearts of children were opened and they told us about themselves and img_0535about that pain which their parents brought to them.
I want to describe great changes, which have happened with the boy Sasha (he has arrived to the orphanage not so img_0573long ago). At the beginning, he didn’t want to communicate with anybody, he was running away from everyone and hiding in the room. When we sang songs about God, he closed his ears, he was showing aggression and irritation. Before leaving, we found him and said that we love him despite of everything and we will wait him in our meetings. Now Sasha one of the most active in communication, waits for us and prepares an office for meetings, sings with us, answers the questions and shares the experiences. Thank God!!! We are very glad to see how these children are changing for the better and leave all bad, they are searching for close relations with God through prayers and reading the Bible.

In February: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Dobr9k in Uncategorized

In February, we had a great time at our traditional meetings with children. Especially it is great when we have an opportunity to communicate personally with children. This month I gave made friends with the teenager, his name is Arthur. In spite of the fact that he has mother, he is in the shelter. He is one of the most interested children at our meetings. He always asks about the theme and he is always interested in what we are talking about. Recently Arthur said that we are the closest friends to him.
In one of Saturdays, our traditional culinary club took place on February 18. As always, Valera with the team of partial brothers and sisters from our church held the master class, which is wide popular among children. The day before members of Bethlehem church have prepared / have bought and have brought sweets. The team generously treated with all this sweets visitors of culinary classes.
Unfortunately, we can’t pay attention on every child because of scantiness of our resources. Some of the children forget to come to the meetings because they have other alternatives: take a walk around the city, watch the movie or something else. Our prayer to God is to gain children’s attention on Christian values and to show true sense of life.