February 28, 2011

Seminar for children with special needs


We are so blessed!God gave us opportunity to be on seminar for children with special needs on Saturday.This seminar was in Kiev and names "Signs and speech". It was conducted by the charitable organisation Down syndrome.
The 2 nice lady from Sweden Katarina Lindberger and Anneli Tisell came to Ukraine.They both have children and each of them have boy with Down syndrome.  They came to seminar to teach and explain about signs.How we can communicate with children who have special needs.
About 35-40 people came to this seminar.Most of them are parents who have children with special needs.

The seminar was lead by Anneli Tisell – the director of the Swedish publishing center “Hatten Förlag”, specializing on release of training materials for development of speech of children with the limited possibilities. Anneli also is the author of the book «Signs and speech», translated into Russian, and mother of 13-year-old Nils with a Down syndrome.The redactor of this book is Katarina Lindberger.


As Anneli speaks:
«The reality surrounding the child frequently is perceived by it as a certain medley of impressions. Events proceed very quickly and it is difficult to child to understand that he sees and hears. We simultaneously show something and we speak. The child with the slowed down development needs to help to learn to understand impression. Using signs, we also do it. Gesture function – to underline speech. By means of gestures you allocate the main sense of speech. The child perceives your words accompanied by gestures, also as you perceive the text in which the most important phrases are underlined. One of the major functions of gesture – to force the child to participate in conversation. Gesture – draws attention of the child, promotes concentration of attention, provides effect of participation. When you use gestures, it is possible to transfer sensations of the child as« I understand that occurs ».

At a seminar were discussed such questions, as:
- Signs and speech - the communications tool;
- Researches and the facts;
- Formation signs environments;
- How and when it is possible to define that the child needs gestures;
and many other things.

We have taken out a lot of practical and the helpful information for the further work with children.The seminar was very interesting and informative.We are so glad we could to be there and got new knowledge about special kids!

We are glad we can use these knowledge in our ministry.Of course, it is real and real hard. Thise information you can use just to few children 1 or 2 but not for 80 or 40 in one time! We will try to do the best we can!
We need God`s wisdom! :)

 Here are some pictures


                                Anneli Tisell and Katarina Lindberger
                                Some part of our team with guests

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Special Project

Each year we have a special project for the graduates. Each year thousands of orphans leave the orphanages in the age of 15-16 years old. When they leave the orphanages they have nothing, no bed`s clothe, no kitchen utensils, no spoons, no forks, no dishes, no saucepans, no frying pans, no teapots. They did not need all those things when they lived in the orphanage. After they leave they start to live absolutely alone. They suffer a lot and have many troubles. Can you please help us to help these orphans? It is a real BIG blessing to help them! We have about 81 kids.

The smallest amount we need $3.750 to help them to buy bed`s clothes and kitchen utensils.Please, help orphans in their needs...


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A story about Moses to orphans

The next day Friday we were able to visit younger orphans in an orphanage. We had nice time with children! 
In this day we could  told to them a Bible story about Moses. Exodus 1-2:1-10.We told to them God can protect them from evil like He saved Moses in river.During lesson children could to play some games, learn Bible verse, listen Bible story and have made a craft.
Here boys played a game.Who first will win to drink milk. After we told to them Bible story about small  baby, how God saved him by miracle method.
After Bible story children played a game.We called it "Which princess first will find Moses".A mother of Moses have hidden doll Moses.Princesses have to find him. Every girl dreams to be a princess.They enjot it in this moment!
 
 Here children had to unriddle a rebus that to learn a Bible verse "The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul." Psalms 121:7 
We divided them to small groups.Each one was busy.
Children loved much this game! We divided class to 2 groups.They lifted up their hands and had to pass to each one a basket with baby Moses in their team.Their hands it was a river. They enjoyed much when their team had win!
Here is a short video.
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                            Children made a craft baby Moses is in basket.

We had very nice time with kids! We are thankful to the Lord for each moment to be with them!


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February 27, 2011

The first meeting with teens orphans

  God is good to us! Thank you for your prayers! We were worry some about first meeting with teens orphans in K. orphanage. God blessed we had great time with children last Thursday!
We thought to have meeting just with elder children, age 13-15. But other younger children wanted to be on this meeting. How we can say no? Of course any who wants to hear about Jesus Christ, you are welcome!So, we had in class about 25 children.

  We sang songs, have played difference games and talking about God.We decided to tell them about God.Where is God,where He lives, where we can find Him, how He shows Himself to people, His characteristics and many other questions about God.
When we told them about characteristics of God, we have played like a game during meeting.When we told about some characteristics of God we have placed a puzzle on board. In the end it was like heart of God.
Also children love a guitar.They asked us more and more to sing songs together!It was really great!

In the end of the meeting children could to eat some cookies and drink sweet water.They all  enjoyed it!

Everyone was glad of meeting!We are so thankful to the Lord for opportunity to visit these orphans and tell to them about God, about salvation, about His love, about hope, future and etc.

Here is some pictures


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February 23, 2011

Kindermusik Teacher with Down Syndrome

Did you watch it?! The inspiring news  is about a teacher in Columbia, South Carolina. Her name is Bryann Burgerss. She is 22 years old and has Down syndrome.She is kindermusick teacher.It is amazing what she does!

 

Read the full article and watch the short video and be inspired.



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February 21, 2011

The meeting with orphans

This Saturday we all team were able to visit orphans in an orphanage. We had a blessed time with children!
Sasha and Lyuba had meeting with elder children age 12-16.They told them a Bible story about 4 friends who brought their sick friend to Jesus Christ. Mark 2:1-5 . Sasha taught and explained to children about friends.Which friend has to be, how to find a good friend, how to spend a time with him and etc. After that children have read this story in Bible.And in the end of meeting they had fun time, played games . We hope orphans will remember this lesson and that will help them to find good friends in their life.

In this time second part of team Nadya, Oksana and Alla had meeting with younger children age 6-11. The topic of lesson was falsehood.That falsehood is sin before God.
In the beginning we congratulated a one girl with past Birthday. The girl was happy to got a Birthday toy.

                                           Happy Valya with toy.She is sweet girl.

Before we told them Bible story we showed to children a little puppet show. About small mouse. How it was temptation for it to eat cheese in mousetrap. We explained to children sometimes is temptation to say a falsehood to any person, it is a sin before God.It was funny much when mousetrap did not snap into action in time.  :))) The children were laughing much!They loved this small mouse!Here a short video

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Children loved this little puppet show! Hope they will remember about this mouse how it mousetrap did springe it.How often an any sin catch a person.

After we have learn a new song, listen Bible story about Jacob, played games and in the end of lesson children made craft.


This time children made craft camel with clothes peg.They love it much! It was good attempt for children to know how to use clothes pegs. Many of them did not know how to use it.
Some children could not believe that the clothes pegs it is forever to them and after they can use it how they want. They were enjoying it so much! They were so glad of it! Children have asked us several times.Is these clothes pegs for me forever? Some children asked us several more clothes pegs. We did not have any more. And we said so, sorry, we gave all what we had.

We had full class about 40 children. We did not have a place enough to sit and color that make craft. So, each one were sitting where found a place, even on the floor.

                                           Oksana helped children to make craft.

 

                                                           Kids with camels

We were glad to see these adorable and gorgeous kids again! We are glad we able to visit 3th in succession 3 orphanages during few days where we could to see children, spent time and brought a little joy in their life.:)

 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

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February 19, 2011

The next day we could to see other orphans

The next day, it was Friday we were able to see orphans in K. orphanage. The Lord Jesus is merciful to us and He blessed this trip also!
This time we have told the Bible story about Joseph and about forgiveness.How he forgave his brothers for evil they did for him.
In the beginning our Bible lesson we congratulated a girl who had Birthday.It is our law congratulate kids with Birthday in the beginning.
                                             Alina was happy to have got a toy!
Nadya has told about seeds our hearts.She showed difference seeds of fruits to children and she explained to them.That we must to have a good seeds in our hearts.If we would  have a bad seeds, it will grow not good fruits on trees of our heart.It is like falsehood, not forgiveness, theft, laziness and etc.But most of all Nadya was telling about not forgiveness.We must to have soft heart which can make it just Jesus Christ.
We wanted to buy fruits for children to eat and find there seeds.It would help them better to remember about seeds of our hearts.And also they love very much any sweets or fruits! But we were not able to buy fruits for children and decided to use seeds what we have found.

 After Bible lesson children played difference games.They had to unriddle a crossword.

                         Also they had to find words, names of hero in Bible story.
                                                                Other game.

Also we have learn with children a Bible verse  "...forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you". Ephesians 4:32


As all time in the end of lesson children have made a crafts.They love it very much!We try to placed a Bible verse on craft all time.It helps them remember it during some time.Also they enjoy to do something their hands.

These crafts we made with children last Friday.They decided to paste it and leave on the wall.Children love very much to make crafts.But it is problem for us with color pencils or crayons, paints and other difference craft items what children can use.Please, can you help us to help children continue enjoy of it? We are not able.We need your help...
Also we need any toys to children for their Birthday.Please, can you help orphans to be happy in their special day?They wait gifts all time!

We were glad to see these children again!It is a blessing to see them, bring to them if only a little gladness to their life, make their life more bright and iridescent like rainbow, help them find Jesus Who can make them full happy!

It is a blessing to see them again!

How is amazing our the Lord Jesus! God blessed and we were able to see orphans in N. B. orphanage. We had amazing time!
In the beginning we congratulated girls with Birthdays.

 How they were happy when they have got Birthdays gifts!One girl said:" I will remember you forever." They all time wait we will present them any gifts or toys.Their eyes shine and they smile.
Nobody congratulate them with Birthday.You know how is important day of Birthday for any child.

This time we talked about Abraham, God`s promises to him and about his son Isaac.
They liked to help us say to them Bible story together with us.They placed stars on flannel and did try to count grains of sand as like Lord promised to Abraham to bless him.


 We explained to them we can count stars on flannel.But the stars that are on the heaven we can not account.Also as like we can not count the grains of sand the Lord promised to bless Abraham.
As these girls have special needs, mental affection, we hope it will help them remember better this story.


Especially girls liked to play a game to swaddle the child. We did not have dolls so, we took a puppets and used it.Any way they were glad much to play it.We have found they do know even how to play with dolls! It is surprise and is not surprise in same time. They all never had a doll! They do not know how to play with it! We are sure younger girls would like to have dolls.We are not able to present to them it.Can you please, help in it?
 If they are happy to get a one little candy can you imagine how they would be happy to get a doll?

We have played some more difference games.Also in the end of lesson we have made crafts. All children love it very much!


We were surprised much at this time.A one girl she did not understand how to use a color pencil.We showed to her how to color, how to use and etc.She all time take it to mouth and bite it or eat it.We said and showed her: "no, no, you can not do it"! We showed her again and again how to use a pencil.But she start to eat it again.We thought it was no sense. It is need time to teach and train her maybe every day.We had not much time to be with her because other 44 kids wait for you.Our team is small. We need someone to help with kids all time!

But this time when we gave her a pencil she start to color! WOW! Amazing! We never thought she will color when ever! Yes, it is just lines and something obscurity.But she colored! She was glad of it!


Also in the beginning of Bible lesson when we just came into the class she was smiling.We understood she recognised us.Because before she did not pay attention.She understand very well when she need stand up, go to eat, she listen her name and similar things.But she does not speak!Oh, poor girl! So, she can not say how she feels, what she would like,she is happy or sad.You can just read her eyes.
We were glad to see she has start to color.Hope she will remember it and learn more things. 

We were blessed to see children again! We praise the Lord for one more opportunity to see these special orphans and bring to them if only a little beam of light to their life!



February 16, 2011

God says and God does!

This is our little testimony how God cares about orphans.
Last Friday we were able to visited orphanage in P. where are girls with special needs. We had soooo great and blessed time with children!We all are sooo happy we could to see them all and have spent time with them.
When we have gone there we have spent all money what we had that to see these sweet little faces and also help them a little bit in their needs.We knew before, if we will help them we can not go to see other orphans in difference orphanages where we have ministry.We decided to help by the faith and gave all our needs to the Lord He will provide what we need.
So, when we came back to home from P. we did not have money to go to other orphanages.We prayed about it, were thinking how we will go to see other orphans and have asked the Lord to help us. We did not worry because the Lord gave us a piece in our hearts.We did not know or the Lord will bless.We did not know when He will bless and how much.We knew nothing.We just gave Him all and had piece and faith in our hearts.

Here is what God said us in the Bible few days ago:

66:9 "Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God. 
66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 
66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 
66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees. 
66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 
66:14 And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward his enemies".
Isaiah 66:9-14


When God tells you something in the Bible you can not pass by, you feel something unusual in your heart and in your mind.You do not feel yourself same like few minutes ago. You read this place of scripture many and many times and you understand what God tells you.God touch your heart and you feel it.

After that when we have read it God gave us more faith in our hearts.We were happy and weeping.It was tears of happiness!
Do you know what my dear Friend? God did it!
He said us about that in the Bible and He did it!He has blessed us a little bit that we able to go and see other orphans who wait us all time. It is amazing! God cares about orphans!

Yes, we can not help them in their needs but we able come and see them all! We able to visit 3 orphanages during 3 days! We can come and tell them about Jesus again!We can see their sweet and adorable faces, hug them, spend time with them and etc.
Tomorrow we are going to N. B. orphanage, Friday - K. orphanage, Saturday -K-v orphanage. WOW!
What a blessing! A big blessing is for us it is what God said to us in the Bible and He did it!

It reminds us a verse in the Bible:
"If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." 2 Timothy 2:13 

Thanks to those who support our ministry! :) What an amazing God we have!


February 12, 2011

Brochure "Alla Orphan from Ukraine"

  If someone interesting we have a brochure "Alla Orphan from Ukraine". In this brochure Alla gives her personal testimony how Jesus Christ has changed her life.

If you are interesting you can download it free!Also you can share it with members of your family, friends, church members and etc. You will help spread a word about our ministry.This way you also will help more people to find out about orphans whom we minister. This is very important for us! Thank you very much! May the Lord bless you!

Please, feel free to contact us for any question or request.

Click Here to dowload a brochure
"Alla Orphan from Ukraine"


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For a FREE copy click here.




February 11, 2011

Is not our Lord surprising?

Thank you every one for prayers!Our lord Jesus Christ is great, good, amazing, wonderful, surprising, lovely, merciful and alive God!Oh, how is good God to all of us sinners!Today God showed us His mercy to us.We had amazing and such blessed trip to orphanage in Pugachovka!

There are  girls age 5-26(almost 30) who have Down`s syndrome live there.
These are poor and abandoned children who do not see their mommy and daddy.Most of them never have seen their parents.In this place children grow and live who do not have protection, love and understanding.

We had a wonderful time with kids!In the beginning we were in one room.We sang a song with kids with acts, have told to them Bible story about Birth of Jesus Christ.Also we had a puppet show.Oh how they enjoy it very much!

When children saw us they were so exciting that we could not becalm them in the beginning our meeting.After they were fine. They did hug us, kissed, asked  to stroke of their head.They are so precious!
Also we had an opportunity to sing psalms to employers of orphanage and preach the Gospel.It is amazing opportunity to do it until they care and watch of children! God blessed and employers listened attentively until Sasha preached.Michael our director could to winess to several employers of orphanage also.

 When we had finish the meeting in one room.Director let us take some children to another room where they could to color pictures and play games with us.Oh, how they were happy!!! They like to play with balls and difference games.We have try to play with everyone and that they feel themselves needy and that we love all of them.We had much fun and nice time with children!

During time what we have been with them they often called us  "mama" (mother or mammy on ukrainian) . The Michael our director they called papa(father or dad).How is sweet!

It was our first trip experiment  what we changed. Our program  was that spend more time with kids and change ways that make them happy and needy to someone in this world.

     Another blessing what we have.Director of orphanage let us to come more often and spend time with these kids.We are sooo happy! It is amazing blessing!
    But this orphanage is the most far away orphanages what we visit. It is means a trip to this orphanage is expensive most of all. We are not able to visit these kids often as we would like. Please, can you help us to visit children more often and bring if only a little light in their life to make them happy? Smallest amount what we need $65 for 1 trip. It is enough just for petrol as this orphanage far away and for a candy to children (one candy per child).

Another blessing what we have.God has blessed and we were able to help a little this orphanage in needs. We could to buy chemical stuff and diapers what children need often.
Also administration of orphanage asked us to help children with hats, summer shoes and winter boots.Also they need coats and jackets.

Really we had worry a little about this trip.We did not know what will happen, how children will react, or let us director come more often.God is amazing! He blessed us more than we expected!We are sooo glad!

Enjoy some pictures

 
Puppet show

                                                                 Bible story

                                                            Song with acts

                                                              Sweets to children

                                             Sasha preached the Gospel to caretakers.

 Sisters(Lyuba and Oksana) pass out Christian literature to emloyers of orphanage
                                
                                                   Happy to see each other

                                                                 Sweet hugs

                                             The time to paint on in another room

                                                Just fun time with children

                                                   They need love also

 Shoes what wear children(in winter it is real cold).Can you please, help to buy for children new boots?

                                                 Our little blessing to orphanage

We have many blessings today!We are soo happy we could to visit orphans and to see their adorable faces and sweet smiles! Also we are happy we have permitting to visit them more often! We do not have support enough.But our Lord is rich and has enough to bless and provide how much we need.We believe and have piece in our hearts that God will provide and bless in His time!

Bible says: "Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God." Isaiah 66:9 


We believe when God began to bless in this orphanage He also will continue to bless in future!

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