In November: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: December 7, 2018 by Dobr9k in Vileyka

On 7th November a great occasion took place in Vileyka boarding school. Culinary club organised a meeting for kids and administration with Sergei Saponenko. Sergei Saponenko was born in Gomel with a bad case of cerebral palsy. This illness took away his ability to move and speak. Now he lives in the USA, he’s got a wife and a daughter. Even though there are so many obstacles, he leads an active social life, writes poems, and many of them are made into songs. Sergei Saponenko is like Belarusian Nick Vujicic, he’s a motivational speaker who helps people to find faith.
Faith based on Christian values is the main generator and rescue from loneliness and futility for the author. That’s what Sergei was talking about in Vileyka boarding school. His support group also shared about his life and every day’s bravery. At the end of the meeting everyone got a present and books.
Alexander’s testimony about ministry in the boarding school, a volunteer who is about to go serve in the army.
We had a great time visiting the school this season, we were happy to see that kids were looking forward to our coming. They are in such a need of love and care, and they always met us with unhidden joy.
We also had some difficulties with administration, when they suddenly decided to do obligatory after-school activities during the time when we come. It once again proves that ” our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12) . So our team started praying and fasting for this matter, because our Lord” hears the prayer of the righteous ” (Proverbs 15:29) Only God alone could make it happen and we managed to talk administration into letting some of the kids come to our meetings instead of those after-school activities and we could keep on our ministry for the glory of the Lord! Praising His name we will serve even more fiercely, organising different activities for children. For younger kids we used “The greatest gift” books. They are colorful and easy to understand for kids, and practical tasks lead children’s hearts to Christ. With older kids we talked about topics that worried them most. During the lesson we always reminded them about the importance of God’s Word and Christ’s sacrifice in their lives. They think about it, ask questions and we are always happy and ready to answer them, to show God’s love, to explain about Jesus’ sacrifice and that if it was done for the whole world, it means He died personally for each of them.
Praise God for His help! May His hand be upon the kids and our team. We believe the Lord will still be making a way for us in this ministry.

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