May 11, 2018

Summer camp for kids!

These beautiful graduates are from very poor families where many of them live on hunger. Parents of some abuse alcohol or drugs. Some children witnessed violence or murder. Therefore, the children are left to themselves and forced to beg on the street in order to somehow survive. Teenagers try to mimic the older to look better and wear the clothes of their friends or relatives of their age. Often these children are deprived of personal belongings. But most importantly, they feel lonely and needless to no one... Many of them have to endure of humiliation and insult in families. Their hearts are full of fear, uncertainty, emptiness, loneliness and without hope. They are defenseless and often in danger. As we call them "social" orphans. They can`t be adopted and parents don`t take care of them also...


Once we talked with a tutor of this class about the problems in the families of precious kids and what awaits them in the future. Then she burst into tears and said that she loves very much these children and that they had not left the orphanage for many years. Can you imagine how these teenagers feel in their hearts? Many of them are afraid to leave the walls of the orphanage knowing that they have at least something and they are safe. They are afraid of something new and afraid that no one will help them after they will leave. What is there beyond the walls of the boarding school? What awaits them in the future?


We really love this orphanage and this class of graduates! It is especially dear to us. ♥ I do not know why... Perhaps this was my orphanage in the past and the same teacher was also my teacher??? She remembers me as a little girl :) I really do not know. But my heart cries out to God about these sweet children every day... 

God gave the idea to make a small camp for these young souls to somehow ease their troubles before leaving the orphanage. To bring joy, delight and show that they are not alone, that they are loved and dear. And especially dear and precious to Christ! For several days we will live together, sing, eat, pray, read the Word of God, play games, have fellowship, enjoy the creation of God and just have a great time! We would really love to show how beautiful the world and the creation of God are! After all, these children have never seen a mountain, a sea! They've never been to McDonald's! The orphanage is located in a very small village, where there is nothing and interesting to see and to go out. 
I believe with all my heart that God will send all that is necessary for this! In some moments He has already begun to show His hand and bless. :) 

When I asked the teacher, she started crying and said, "You do not even know what it means for them ..."

I'm sure that these few days together will change the world outlook of children! I'm sure that it will help them to see how beautiful the world is and how great it is to be together with those who love you! Our desire is to become a big loving family for these few days.♥ They have never been in a camp and especially a Christian camp! It will bring a lot of pleasure and great joy to these young people! It will also help them to see and feel that they are not alone, not abandoned and loved by Christ! That many people not only in Ukraine but also abroad love and care for them!

Would you like to touch the hearts of these lovely children? :) In a previous blog post I wrote about how several weeks living together touched the hearts of two young precious teens. And I'm sure that it will be unforgettable and amazing time and will stay in the hearts of these lovely children forever! ♥♥♥

To bless these teenagers, it is need $2,320. 17 children and the BOM team along with their teacher, together 22 people. It is $21.00 per person for a day. It includes absolutely everything! The money will be spent on food (5 days), accommodation, bus rental, gas and much more. We have only 3 weeks to raise funds!!!

Would you like to be a part of emotional healing and bring joy and delight in lives of these precious teens? Would give a chance to live these sweet souls like one big family with BOM staff, please? :)

The gift of love you can send using the button Chip-in on the right side of the blog.

Also you send through PayPal to save fee.
tingministries@comcast.net
Please, leave a message  "summer camp for orphans"

You can send a check to:
Stephanie and Brian Carpenter
Ting Ministries

29 East Poplar Street

Lebanon Pa 17042
USA

Thank you very much in advance! You can make a huge difference in lives of many! :) May God greatly bless you!!!

P.S. We would be so thankful if share the need, please! ;)

May 8, 2018

They have stolen our hearts

I`m super excited to share with you about amazing things in BOM! These orphaned brother and sister have stolen our hearts. ♥

Nina 19, Tolik,17. They are like a gulp of living water in the wilderness and a great encouragement for us! They are such a precious treasure! 


I'll start from the very beginning... Some time ago, our wonderful partners Ting Ministries asked to visit teens and learn about their needs. We prayed for the opportunity and the right time because of the busy schedule. And finally came the day of our meeting! We did not know what to expect... But after spending only one day together, we became wonderful friends and realized that we can not leave them... They do not have anyone who would support them in a difficult moment. :(
Nina and Tolik live in such terrible poverty that the heart shrinks with pain seeing everything and realizing how hard it is for these children to live alone. It overwhelmed and absolutely broken our hearts and we understood that we should to do something... I cried. My heart ached with big pain for these sweet kids...  They faced with loneliness. No support. Fear. Emptiness. Poverty. Danger. Without future and hope. And many more...

They often go hungry, having no means of subsistence. They do not have firewood for the winter and they often freeze even in summer because the house is very old and damp. The roof leaks when it rains and the ceiling can collapse at any moment.

Nina says that she goes to bed with fear going through so that nothing falls on her head. The young guy did not know how to shave properly and much more.


  Can you imagine how to wear winter shoes in +20 degrees with no socks? Tolik could not afford to buy even the cheapest shoes and a pair of socks. You would have seen his eyes and delight in having a new pair of shoes!
"We never had so much food!" Their eyes glowed with happiness and delight! Our hearts rejoiced, seeing the joy of these young souls!

When we said goodbye, they asked, "Please, take us to live with you..." Oh, my! This broke our hearts even more...

Very soon Tolik and Nina came to us. There was no limit to our joy! Very soon we were able to buy these sweet kids all the necessary clothes for the summer. We lived together as a family. Together went to orphanages, packed and gave gifts to graduates, played and spent time with children in orphanages, had fellowship with the church, cooked meal, prayed, read the Bible together, had fun and much more. 


In one of the orphanages the guys quickly became friends and the graduates asked,  bring Nina and Tolik to us again! :) ♥ So sweet.


A few days later they started calling us Mom and Dad. How lovely! ♥♥♥ They had appeared an appetite and they started eating a lot. :) They were shocked and surprised. Soon they even gained some weight :) Love heals!!! 

After spending only 2 weeks together. Tolik wrote such a touching letter, which made us all shed tears. Then the poor guy cried all evening...

Translation to the letter:
"Dear our friends. I am writing this letter so that you will never forget us. I know that we are not like you would like us to be. In these two weeks you became our parents. We never thought that such kind, affectionate, and good people still exist on this earth. Oksana, I appeal to you. I want you to always be so young, beautiful and kind always. Aunt Alla, you become us like mother. We will never forget your kind and wonderful smile. Your heart is big as the sun. Uncle Misha you are our father. You are wise and kind man. And I am sure that you will teach more than one hundred children of wisdom and God bless you. 
Friends remember you are more than believers. You will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts. We love you!"

Message from Nina:
"Thank you mom. We will do as you said. We love you and may God bless you.
I will pray for you and read the Bible. Maybe God will help me to become like you are..."

We ask you to pray for these precious young people, please! They have many difficulties and some dangers. So that God will solve problems that can hamper their future lives. That He would lead them out of the land of spiritual bondage as the people of Israel from Egypt. That God opened the door for them to new opportunities. How the Red Sea parted before the people of Israel. We believe that God has a special plan! But we need His guidance and almighty. To make a miracle in the lives of these two sweet young souls, who have became especially dear to us. Pray they trust their lives to Jesus!
Thank you very much! Prayers can do miracles!!!


May 4, 2018

Bikes and Shish kebab

We had a terrific day with the children of the whole orphanage a week ago!!! Having collected all the necessary things, we came to kids. Several young adults and BOM staff rode bicycles with the children. Nature, fresh air, beautiful weather. Everything was amazingly beautiful! While part of the team went with children on bicycles, another part of the team cooked shish kebab, pilaf and everything else. One of the graduates learned to cook shish kebab.So wonderful! Everything was very tasty! Mmm! So delicious!!! 
Do you remember the Biblical story of how Jesus fed 5000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves? Something similar happened to us. :) We were going to feed about 30 people but not more. But it turned out that more than 70 people were fed!Wow!!! This is the whole orphanage! Amazing!!!
Then we played different games with children. Children were delighted! Everything was just great! All the employees of the orphanage and especially the children were so happy! One of the employees came up and said. "I'm very ashamed to admit. But today was the most delicious shish kebab in my life." ♥ So, if you want to try the best shish kebab, welcome to Ukraine! Ha ha! ;)

But really, God blessed in many ways and we were surprised and so thankful to the Lord! Many warmly thanked with  kind words. It was so awesome to see everyone happy at one big table! Big and lovely family. ♥ 
We thank God for such wonderful opportunity to have a great time with children and employees! We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for the opportunity to touch the precious hearts of kids and even adults!It is such a wonderful blessing to bring joy and delight to many souls!!! God is so good!!!We praise and thank Him!!!




April 19, 2018

Necessary items for graduates

The main reason for our night trip yesterday was the purchase of gifts for graduates! ;)
Every year they leave their orphanages empty-handed...Life is very hard for them without support. Each year, BOM blesses teens with the necessary items.

So, we have started this huge and wonderful project to bless 60 graduates with blankets and kitchen utensils!We are so excited!!! We went early at 3.00 AM to another city to the bazar. God was good and blessed in many ways!


We could buy blankets and kitchen utensils at a good discount. Isn`t it wonderful to see God`s hand in it?



At night it's harder to drive on bumpy roads. But God is good and we had a safe trip!


This year the roads became even worse in Ukraine. But in some places it is already being repaired. Therefore, we really hope for improvement so that we do not have to repair the van after almost every long trip.
                             

This is what happens when you drive on bumpy roads in Ukraine ;) You're losing parts from your vehicle! Ha ha!Thank God that we noticed it in time! 

Nature wakes up and everything blooms that so pleases your sight and brings a joy to your heart!


We are very grateful to everyone for donatings and participating in this wonderful project! It's so great not only to cover the needs of many but also to be a participant in the joy and admiration of precious hearts!THANK YOU very much!!! ♥ May God greatly bless you!!!

Please, pray for graduates, for their hearts, for their needs and that they would give their lives to Heavenly Father.



April 4, 2018

Resources for a tired mom

Resources for a tired mom, it was the topic of the seminar a few days ago devoted to mothers or very busy women. Many young adults suffer emotionally and physically very much... Many do not know how to help themselves. It breaks your heart... The purpose of the seminar was to help young ladies, to give information on how to take care of themselves that there were strength and energy to take care of their sweet family. And also that mothers could emotionally and physically rest from their children.  :) And it succeeded! We had an incredible time!!! We studied, we had a sweet fellowship and we had a wonderful time! It was AMAZING!


We sang and it was beautiful...

We learned...


Beautiful young women studied The love languages to know how to help ourselves and help their families.


They learned how to take care of the heart, mind, body, and soul.


 Precious Karina. Such a sweetie ♥

Since we were all day away from homes it was great to fill not only, mind, heart but body too and to have a lovely fellowship ♥

That the mind does not explode from a lot of information, the young ladies could rest outside, breathe the fresh spring air and enjoy the beauty of nature. :)))


We played fun games


And we even had a small romantic dinner! Why not? ;)

At the end of the seminar, all received 2 books, about the upbringing of children and about the relationship with husband. All the ladies were delighted with the gift!


Many young women greatly thanked for the wonderful time and rest! After all, some mothers with many children for all the years could not leave them for a single day to rest! Can you imagine how they are exhausted emotionally and physically besides daily routine worries?

Mommies were so inspired by the information, rest and lovely fellowship that many immediately the very next day began to work on themselves! How amazing! Many have seen problems in the upbringing of children or problems with their husbands. Some have realized how important it is to take care of their health and emotions. Many young ladies have not read books for many years! Some began to fill their minds and read books. Everyone can find 10-15 minutes throughout the day to read the book. The main thing is to want to do it. ;) Some started to plan their day! Many have realized how weak their relationship with Christ is and what needs to be done for this. Wow! It's such inspiring!!!

We hope to continue doing similar seminars from time to time to inspire moms and women and to help them in their emotional needs. 

We are so grateful to Christ for this wonderful opportunity and experience!!! Praise God!!! We also sincerely thank all those who helped to fulfill this plan!!! ♥ 

P.S. God began to bless from the very beginning when we were given a 40% discount on renting a building! How awesome!!!

March 23, 2018

Waiting

Some time ago we have started a huge and wonderful project to help renovait the housing for sweet Kozak family. So, the housing repair is over. Since the family is big, and the room is small, we had to make some furniture to order. Oh, yes, by the way the kitchen is ready and can be used! :) We are waiting for the sofa. Also we ordered a wardrobe and 3 bunk bed, since there are three boys. Shhhh! Just do not tell Olga and Sasha! ;))) Ha ha!
So we are waiting... It is need to wait about a month. We hope that in a few weeks this family will move and will enjoy having their own cozy and lovely nest. I just can`t wait to see their joy and admiration! Super excited!!! ♥






March 19, 2018

Special Guests

The Children`s House has to harder and harder to find funds for vital things lately. A few days ago, the BOM team brought food, hygiene products and cleaning products to the Children`s Home. Carrots, onions, beets, cabbage, bananas, lemons, laundry soap and many more. All together almost 1000 kg! Wow! This is amazing blessing!!! Praise God!!!





And you know what??? In honor of very few people, the whole orphanage gathered and made a concert! Oh, my!..
The BOM team asked and pleaded that we did not need all this. We just brought what the children need and that's it! All glory, honor and gratitude only to the alive God!!! He is worthy of honor, praise and worship! The administration said. "No no!! You are our special guests so you have to watch. We are very grateful to you and we do not know how to thank you!"

Children dressed on beautiful embroidered blouses and in gratitude sang and danced...


This all reminded me the place of Scripture. 


11. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
12. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
13. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
14. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
15. And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
16. Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
17. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
18. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
(Acts 14:11-18)

Of course the BOM staff is far from Paul and Barnabas...But this amazing joy and gratitude makes me teary. Tears of joy, humbleness and thanks to God for His mercy and these precious children...Tears of joy for thankful hearts and for the open doors for the Gospel. We often speak about Jesus with staff of the Children`s House. And we thank God for this amazing opportunity!Tears of humility that we are not worthy of so much honor... God, all glory and honor to You, the One and alive God!!!

We are so grateful to those, who blessed and made this possible! Who not only took care of the needs of precious children but brought so much joy and delight to the whole orphanage!Thank you very much for your amazing love and care! May God bless you greatly!!!♥






December 28, 2017

The beginning is already done!

Repair in the house Kozak family has already begun! What a great joy!

First. We would like to thank absolutely everyone, who takes part in this huge project! Whoever prays, donates, shares this need, any little participation is very important for us and especially for this beautiful family! We collected all the necessary amount of money! Praise God! Thank you soooo very much!!! Many, many thanks to all, for your generosity and kindness! YOU are AMAZING!!!

Second.Repair has already begun! We had to hurry up to the cold and severe frosts to make a window and door. That workers staying warm could continue the rest of the internal work. There are still a lot of work to be done!









Honestly, I'm a little nervous and feel overwhelmed to think things over, do all the right things, conveniently and functionally. In fact in this room there will live 2 adults and precious 3 kiddies. Prayers for wisdom and quick work will be deeply appreciated! :) 

At the same time, we are very excited and happy to help this poor family have a roof over their heads and their cozy and lovely nest! ♥




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