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In February: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: February 28, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

As you know, Valentine’s day is celebrated on February 14. The whole world is looking for a source of true love and elevates romantic relationships in perfect absolute. Especially teenagers. Especially those boys and girls who constantly live nearby. On account of the holiday, we prepared a treat for the guys. But the cakes and juice were just an introduction to a deep conversation. Our new volunteer Nikita suggested to explore the biblical approach to love and relationships in general. For the guys it was a very honest conversation and sincere testimony of a christian about family life. After all, it’s not easy to establish relationships between two different planets, between boys and girls. Nikita has his own family, they have a child. He shared not only the joys, but also the difficulties of family relationships. Teenagers often have “pink glasses» through which they see their life partners as perfect human beings. Indeed, the main emphasis was made on the fact that God is the source of true love, and the fullness of His love was manifested in His Son Jesus Christ. Love is primarily an action. Truly loves not the who receives, but the one who gives. We want our guys from the orphanage to grow into full-fledged responsible husbands and fathers.

In January: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: January 31, 2020 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

In January our tutees were back to school returning from their long Christmas holidays. A lot of them spend their holidays in Italy, some went home while there were those who had to celebrate New Year at the asylum. In our first meeting this year we asked the kids to share about their holidays. For almost every tutee it is a true pride to claim he or she spent this special time of the year with their families – parents and siblings. And the real challenge is to stay awake as long as possible and not fall asleep during the New Year’s night. They were so excited to say when was the latest time they went to bed. Certainly the kids would naturally omit their family traditions to get drunk and raise scandals. For them this all goes together with the notion of celebrating something. So that’s why the kids would remember and tell only about the good time they spent TOGETHER – because the orphanage robbed it from them from early childhood. These simple children stories prove absolute vitality of every human being to have a Home. Not just a house with a rooftop and walls. The government provided they have it. But a Home is first and foremost about relationships, acceptance and genuine care. And this kind of heaven the Lord descended to bring back to this earth. Our prayers go for the Vileyka Orphanage tenants so that through believing in Jesus Christ they would one day retrieve the feeling of acceptance and belongness to their heavenly Home. We arranged a big celebration at the asylum. In cooperation with the youth from Golgotha church we brought a puppet theatre to the kids on January 24th. The kids were in for games, a lot of interactive scenes between the puppets and their excited audience, getting-to-know activities and of course a surprise behind the curtain! The heroes of the puppet show reminded a lot of the kids so the latter could relate to them easily – they could see the puppets who make friends, break up, act naughty and are always excited to get to know new things – just like themselves. The heroes of the staged play were witnesses of the Christmas story, of how Lord Jesus came to this world. And the faraway Palestine became so close while the events were unfolding right before the children’s eyes. No holiday goes without gifts! So at the end of the party each child received a present. Everyone was pleased and happy! A lot of kids would approach the performers and thank them and a lot of them expressed their gratitude for the gifts. And then we had to leave – only to come back again! Until February!

In December: “Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: December 31, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

It’s well-known that December is a wonderful festive time. Seems like people become more united and cosier because of the mutual awaiting. It is more obvious among those lacking home atmosphere. We use this special time to remind them about the meaning of this holiday. Holiday is a family, mutual table, delicious food and meaningful conversations. We tried to create something like that with teenagers who come to our meetings. We had separate meetings  with boys and girls. We sat in a circle with boys, there was a cake, Coca-cola and fruit. Every boy shared his wishes for someone else. Surely we reminded them about  the reason for Jesus coming to earth. God has lots of names. The most important one for Christmas is Emanuel  or God is with us. Jesus had a choice. And He made his choice to come and face what each of us face every day: rejection, injustice, hopelessness. That’s why because of the baby we are not alone now, there is He who understands it all. Boys were so grateful for the evening, we said warm goodbyes and they invited us to a school disco in a week. Well, we’ll see them next year. Girls also had a busy program. Below is a story of one of our  volunteers, Olya. “Thank God for the opportunities to spend time with children in Vileyka boarding school. That was our last trip with Yulya to the school before the holidays this year , so we decided to celebrate Christmas. We lit the candles, prepared nice tea and remembered what happened  during one very important night 2000 years ago: the birth of Jesus, shepherds coming and kneeling down before Him, the meaning of Christmas for us today. We sang Christmas songs. It appeared that many kids heard the song “Holy Night” in Italian. At the end of our meeting our beauties received presents, as well as  proper Bibles  that they had asked for. We are praying for kids so that Christmas would be special for everyone personally. Just recently new volunteer Vika has joined our team. Here are her impressions: ” I’ve been coming to Vileyka boarding school for a month now. Every time we come the kids joyfully meet us, shake hands and smile. We talk about different things that worry them, different topics, play together, tell jokes and laugh. Every child is unique and we find ways to communicate with them. After the talk we give them some sweet treats. They are always so happy to get chocolates and other sweet things. When the time comes to say goodbye they walk us to the car and every time ask when we will come again.

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!

 

In October:“Vileyka orphanage”

Posted: October 30, 2019 by Dzmitry Nachyna in Vileyka

In October we continued to visit the orphanage. In summer a new director came to school. The previous director was tolerant to our team and all the activities that Christians have organized here. So, this time we had to think over strategies of cooperation with the authorities of the orphanage. On October, 11, 2019 Dima Nachina had a meeting with Sergei Nikolaevich who is a deputy director for socially educational work. By the way this man had a birthday a few days before. So, we used an opportunity to congratulate him and talk to him personally. The conversation was very warm, and he allowed us to continue coming here. We were provided with the list of the names of the orphans and their carers from 8 classes. It is remarkable that many of these classes consist of the children with parents (so called “home“ children). Before that we didn’t have an access to such classes because the authorities were afraid of parents‘ complaints. One girl from our team once said: “it‘s a pity we don’t have enough people. But it is just a prayer need“.

After the meeting with the authorities we had a meeting with teenagers. Dima shared the Word of God with the boys-teenagers. The topic was “Loneliness”. It goes without saying that every teenager has acute issues such as self-image, looking for friends and feeling of self-worth despite collective nature of their life at school. These questions are especially important for orphans who live in the atmosphere of rejection and rudeness.

It worked out very well. There were a lot of examples from the orphanage life and a lot of challenges for them as well. We could say that this topic touched the hearts of all who were present because they listened very attentively and asked a lot of questions. Undoubtedly, the climax of the lesson became the conclusion that God is ready to be everyone’s friend regardless of their social status. Faith is the foundation for such relationship and Jesus is the mediator who proved that we are not lonely in this world. At the end we, as usual, said goodbye in a warm atmosphere.We continue to pray and ask you to join in our prayer needs. Pray for our team and opportunities to go here; Pray that God will reach the children’s hearts.