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In November: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: November 30, 2017 by Dobr9k in Smilovichi

Good afternoon!
This month we have begun to visit the Smilovichsky orphanage. Smilovichy is a small city near Minsk, and its population is about 5000 people. Among low buildings there is a big two-storied building which is the orphanage.
Since October our weekly trips to the children to the orphanage were restarted again. Nowadays, there aren’t enough children in the orphanage, but I am so glad that we could spend time with them, because at our meetings they can hear the Word of God. At every meeting we talk about God or read a story from the Bible. Also we sing Christian songs, play different outdoor games, do a colouring. Singing and playing games is a good way to prepare children for hearing the lesson, and the colouring helps to fix the material.
At the first meeting we talked about who God is. We were speaking with the children that we aren’t ideal people and we have answered the question “why has God come to our earth?”. In a week, we spoke about creation of this world. Children have very different opinions about how our world has been created and where this world is moving to. At the two other meetings we discussed a prayer and the Bible as the Word of God. At the latest meeting we said that God is pure and we told them a story about Jesus Christ and the woman taken in adultery.
Throughout the first four meetings there was a boy with us whose name is Yura. In spite of the fact that his elder sister sometimes goes to the church, his personal knowledge about God was very poor. When we asked him some questions about God, his words were often tangled. The information from the theory of evolution, from someone’s stories, from movies was added to his answers. For children at the lessons we use very simple examples about God and his creation – for example, we have written approximate quantity of stars in the sky, and we have told that the Sun is more than earth in 333000 times. And at the latest meeting after which that boy have had to go to the other city I have asked him what he has remembered. He gave several examples of God’s creation and he has remembered the lesson about a prayer.
We will continue to go to the Smilovichsky orphanage and communicate with the children about God. Thanks to all of you who remembers about us, and who supports us.

In November: ”Belinichy orphanage”

Posted: November 30, 2017 by Dobr9k in Belinichy

This month I dealt with the youngest group of the kids aged from 7 to 11. Different kids came to our classes. Sometimes there were few of them just 7-10 kids and sometimes there were more than 20 of them. These are the kids with serious behavior problems, with different levels of intellectual disability and with obvious delay in their mental and physiological development. In addition, this is not the whole list of their problems. We can clearly feel that they lack love, affection, personal attention and just need someone who will listen to them. You shouldn’t listen to them just for show but should be really interested in them. It may seem that there isn’t anything interesting in their stories about their troubles/ wishes and thoughts. What can this give to them? Nevertheless it is truly very important for them to know that they worth our attention. As for me personally these kids are important, significant and very dear to my heart. It is so sad there are so many of them and I can’t always pay each of them enough attention. But I believe that even spending a little time with will bring its fruit to the Kingdom of Heaven!
As long as you enter place where the younger ones live you don’t hear silence – the kids are so active and noisy! If some of them play in the hall, they go and tell the rest that we came and almost all the kids run to us ready to give a lot of hug. It is so pleasant to feel they wait for us and are happy to our coming! This month we spoke about Daniel, about his relationships with God, his way of life and his friends. As for me, Daniel is a great example of faithfulness to God despite everything! That is what we all have to long for! Therefore, we wanted to show and tell it to the kids. We tried to tell them as colorful as possible, how Daniel got to the palace what position and lifestyle he had there and that his and his friends’ faith had to be seriously tested. The most important idea was that God is always faithful to His promise! That is what really impresses and gives hope! Especially the kids remembered the vivid example with a few plastic bags and flour. We wanted to show that like flour goes through the bags with holes the same is with our hearts which are spoiled with the sin, dead and have ‘holes’. But when our heart is ‘whole’ and clean it vice versa keeps good thoughts and deeds and love to God and people. That is the heart the person needs if he or she wants to spend eternity with God! My special attention was paid to one boy called Ilya. He tried not to miss our meetings and almost always listened with attention and interest. As for me, he differed from the rest because he heard out story very well and did great in answering our questions. It was interesting that he answered that God kept Daniel when we asked why hungry lions did not slaughter him. He said it plainly but that phrase had deep sense! I believe that this boy really thinks about such simple but utterly important things.
What concerns the older ones they started to speak about a new character Moses. It is a bright example how God can do great miracles through and average person who is faithful to Him! Besides, they had sports competitions, which both the teenagers and people from our team liked. Through this we noted that our mood and good behavior is past to the teenagers. So? it depends on us how they will respond to winning and losing!