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In December: “Christmas camp for girls-graduates”

Posted: December 31, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Camps

“Dreams come true when a strong desire turns them into concrete actions… ” – a quote from the great author of books about success Napoleon Hill, which in the life of Christians has no value if it doesn”t have the most important component of success – PRAYER. Dreams and desires/action/PRAYER – this is the formula of good luck for every Christian in the beginning of every deed. We wanted, looked for opportunities, PRAYED – and our wish came true! From December 25 to 27, on the grounds of the beautiful place Green Ranch of the Minsk district, we had a wonderful opportunity to spend the Christmas holiday in the company of girls-graduates of two orphanages – Rudensk and Belynichi. There were right much of difficulties in organizing this camp – not all the girls understood how to come, someone had a problem with work, we had to go to another city personally to bring girls over to camp and make an application by place of study, and someone simply did not have money to buy a ticket.But God miraculously led, and what seemed simply impossible-became a reality – we gathered in one place with one goal – to spend this holiday weekend together. Our main goal was to show the girls all the importance and great value of the holiday of the birth of Jesus Christ. To show His love and care for them, to create a family atmosphere, to talk and listen to each of the girls, to be together and just have a delicious meal. On the first day of arrival at the recreation center, the girls settled down in their rooms, got acquainted with each other, talked and waited for the evening. We helped them to get ready, do their hair and put on beautiful dresses. In the evening we had a festive program dedicated to the Birthday of Jesus – communication, Christmas songs and the theme of the evening – the Birth of Jesus. Not all the girls knew the details of the story of Jesus’s birth , but everyone listened with great interest the fact that Jesus was born so that everyone would have salvation and that He is available to the ordinary people – really became surprising news for some of them. At the end of the evening, we once again congratulated each of the girls personally and gave them some gifts. The next day of our mini-camp was no less interesting – it was about taking care of yourself and your body, beautiful hairstyles, and as a super bonus – a horse walk and a photo shoot with horses.What could be better?The girls were happy. Their eyes were shining! Even the most shy and closed could barely hold their emotions after riding and communicating with the horses. We returned to the base freezing, but pleased and happy. Over a warm tea with sweets, there came up a lot of topics for conversation – the girls were very open and we managed to communicate with each of them personally. Same day in the evening there was an important and difficult topic for every girl who came, in which there were many difficult questions – Why did my parents leave me? How to forgive them? What is God’s plan for my life? What is life like with God? How to take the first step on the path to repentance? The result of this evening was tears of perception and joy, acceptance of yourself and your life situation, forgiveness of your parents and prayers of repentance. We rejoiced, cried and prayed together with the girls. God was with us and among us. During these incomplete 3 days, there were many different interesting conversations and moments. We felt that those girls to whom we came when they were still pupils of orphanages, really matured. They didn’t need to be soothed, they were calm. We didn’t have to puch on them for communication – they were seeking for it themselves. Talking about God was not a burden – they willingly asked questions and kept up the conversation. A very simple, but personally valuable moment for me had touched my heart. Alina, a graduate of the Belynichi boarding school brought each of the team members a chocolate bar. A simple, inexpensive chocolate bar. When she gave it to me, she said: “I want to make it pleasant for you, too, because you always take care of us…” Nothing unusual, but this chocolate bar has a special value for me – Alina thought and bought it with her small salary of a street cleaner and wanted to please us. Thank God for the fact that He acts in the hearts of girls, even through such seemingly insignificant situations. It was a special place, a special time in the lives of the girls and each of us. I believe it wasn’t just another cool camp. It was a time when we prayed a lot, communicated a lot and the meaning and the importance of Christmas was achieved. The Lord was there to protect us from accidents, He sent us the desire to go and serve the girls, gave us the right words and actions. Thank God for everything!

In December: “Smilovichi orphanage”

Posted: December 31, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Smilovichi

Dear friends, Merry Christmas of our Savior Jesus Christ!  We wish you to have faith and trust in God, peace in work, love in relationships!  I wish you to have joy and progress where it is needed! As the whole year has flown by, it was special!  Last year, we witnessed how new acquaintances appeared, and then it grew into a friendship.  New unfamiliar children became friends with whom we got to know God, with whom we prayed together, empathized and rejoiced.  They rejoiced when families recovered and children returned to their parents’ homes.  They rejoiced when they prayed and there was a family that simply took the children to their home and called someone a son or a daughter.  The eyes at such moments burn with hope, as well as gratitude and love. I am so glad that God allows you to witness changes!  Thank God! We have talked a lot about Jesus Christ this month.  We talked about the birth of Jesus and what surprises me in the 21st century is that children who live in the villages know a little about God.  When we talked about Jesus this month, Boris, the new boy said he hadn’t heard about Christ.  Just like Yana and 9 years old Nastya heard a little about God.  When we told about the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, everyone then told what they could bring as a gift to Jesus.  Of course, the gifts of the wise men were different from what the children would like to give.  Yana, 4 years old, would give Jesus a candy.  Boris, 6 years old, would give a carrot (Boris loves carrots very much), and Nastya, 9 years old, would give a gift made by her own hands.  And they asked: “Dima, do you think Jesus will like it?”  Then I told the children that everything we do with a pure heart pleases God. During the next lesson, we talked about the miracles which Jesus has made.  We remembered how Jesus fed 5,000 people, how He healed the daughter of Jairus, how He healed a blind man.  The miracles of Jesus are what made the children very happy!  “Is it true, Dima?  Is it possible?  Wow !!! “.  When we hear about the miracles of Jesus Christ, it creates joy, and it also raises faith in God.  What miracle would you ask Jesus to make?  Yana asks her mother to take her from the orphanage.  Boris asks her mother, who is in the hospital, to recover as soon as possible, and Nastya, so that her mother stops drinking once and for all, would take her out of the orphanage and start believing in God.  Difficult desires, I thought.  But for God, nothing is impossible.  Impossible for man, possible for God!  “Let’s bring our desires to God, how can we do this?  That’s right, through prayer. ”  When we arrived the third time, we were making crafts for Jesus Christ.  Christmas crafts!  While we decorated our craft, the children told me that they never had a Christmas tree or Christmas itself.  When I asked: “Are you celebrating your birthday,” the children answered: “No!”  As it turned out, no one give gifts to the children.  Therefore, this is the first time when one of the elders sat with them and did something.  Nastya asks: “Do you think Jesus is always with us?”  And Boris answers: “Yes, Nastya, He’s Here!”  I am glad that we manage to sow the seeds of faith in a few months!  It’s nice to see hope in children and see how their faith grows!  When we arrived for the fourth time this month, we were celebrating the Nativity of Jesus.  The clown came with us.  Diana the girl Who were playing the clown grew up in such conditions, and she herself understands what it means to be an orphan.  That is why we are so glad that we could celebrate the birth of Jesus with her!  We sang for God, we spoke wishes, we remembered the birth of Jesus.  There was so much love and joy that even the teacher said: “This is the first time we see children laughing and rejoicing like that!”  Boris shouted: “This is the best day!”  We have never seen Boris so happy during his time at the orphanage.  They laughed so contagiously and was so joyful! Such emotions cannot be faked, the teacher said.  And then we gave out gifts.  They burst into tears with joy.  “I have a gift!  Thank you Jesus!  When gratitude is in the heart, it manifests itself on the faces.  Surprise gives way to exclamations and laughter!  “Look what I have in the gift!”  “This is my favorite day,” said the children.  And then they left gifts and ran up to us and they hugged us, thanked us for the gifts.  “We have never been given such gifts!” Friends, this year has come to an end.  Thank you for being with us, praying for children and for us!  Together we can be hands and feet, the voice of God on this earth.  Let’s pray for the seed of faith in childrens’ hearts!  Merry christmas and a happy new year!  Blessings!