In November: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: November 29, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

November is not only about greyish weather and shortened days. November is also about school holidays. And because so many children were leaving for holidays, we took a decision not to interfere with their lives during that period. However, after the holidays were over, it was so exciting to finally meet again – and everyone was looking forward to that meeting! Teens love to listen and watch videos by popular bloggers who really won the minds of the generation Z. A lot of bloggers are our teens’ peers, actually. So what we did is we talked about things they care – like cars, extraordinary stunts, pranks, tricks, etc. Bloggers become teens’ role models who they look up to, dreaming to become as trendy, independent and, of course, as popular. So we think it is really important to introduce an alternative mindset to our kids (Christian mindset) where one’s significance is not something they have to earn but something that is already granted to them by Grace. Kids love to listen to stories about Christ. The last one that we shared with them is the story where Jesus tamed the tempest. We focused on the fact that Christ’s friends were scared – and twice so! The first time the disciples were frightened of the storm. Each of us gets once in the eye of the life storm: when parents leave us, when friends turn their back on us, when things don’t happen as they should at once. And the storms come along with the bad feelings – fear, inferiority complex, lack of confidence… At such moments we feel as if God is so far away, as if He’s sleeping and simply doesn’t care… The second time that the disciples were scared was when the storm was over. They finally understood how powerful the Son of God is! There was Someone who has power over the darkest storm in life. People often underestimate Christ thinking that all the stories about Him are part of the religious rhetoric. But the Good News is about having a personal encounter with Christ after which your life won’t be the same again. A new volunteer Vika joined our team! She is a hair stylist – what will allow her not just to create beautiful hair styles but have a quality time with them also. Christmas season has begun and as usual we are busy with preparing gifts for our kids and arranging a trip to a Christmas play for them. Apart from our annual agenda for the season, we have had a request from the asylum’s administration. We got to know that hiking was one of the kids’ most loved past times. And now we need to collect funds for two hiking tents. And our prayer need remains the same – unfortunately, due to different circumstances not all volunteers on our team, including drivers, are able to join the team for each trip to the asylum. And we aspire for regular weekly trips – and ask you to support this wish of our hearts in your prayers! Thank you for your kind concern and help!

 

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