January 30, 2012

Our little princess, miss Masha

Many of you I believe watched a wonderful story on ABC news about month ago, about family Cox, who adopted a precious Mia from Ukraine.If no, please look here.
And many of you have noticed a little girl named Masha.Who has won sympathies of many hearts in America and probably in other countries...Here, we call her tenderly, our little "star" :)

Many of you already saw her Here and Here on video before airing story on television.You only did not know that she is, miss Masha and our little princess :) So, sorry we could not say before. :)

I`m very happy to tell you that Masha is listed on Reece`s Rainbow!http://reecesrainbow.org/31998/masha
Isn`t a miracle and wonderful blessing!? We are thrilled to see what God is doing!!!

 After when video clip was placed on website of ABC news, Andrea Roberts from Reece`s Rainbow contacted us and would love to find a loving family for this precious little girl.We were excited and of course, it was our wish too!

Weeks later we had privilege to speak with director of orphanage about Masha, to find a family for her.We did not know will be he interested or no.We prayed and asked the Lord to help.We know girls with special needs do not have a future there.It`s sadly but truth.
In the beginning he said, yes, he was agree.But when we told it can be foreign family and we told him about  American charity, Reece`s Rainbow. After that he said:"Oh, no.If it would be ukrainian family, it`s not problem but foreign..."

We had peace in our hearts and we continued our conversation.
After that he said:" I can not understand why foreign people adopt kids with disabilities?I can understand healthy children but disabled child?"
We began to say what we know.That children with special needs go to school, train, receive a medical care, what a wonderful love they receive in many families, those kiddies who were dieing in orphanages, now they alive and enjoy a life and many other things we said.

And just in moment I have recalled that have a picture of Cornish family, who adopted several kids with special needs from Ukraine.Same picture what we showed other director, when we have talked about Aleksa adoption more than year ago. :) We told about what they did for children, how they care, love etc.And about a miracle God made in life little Emma etc.If you did not see.Please, watch video here.It`s amazing!
After hearing that  he, said: "Ok,I agree that she will be adopted".
We praised and glorified God in our hearts at this moment!
I would like to tell you that the conversation was not heavy with director,it was easy and he is kind.We are sure God was leading this talking.But he afraid to let Masha be adopted by foreign family because he knows NOTHING about children with special needs, that they can have bright future and children do not live same life as in Ukraine.

That is why our main goal to share information about Down syndrome in mental institutions and orphanages.
And that is why we began this new project to spread the word.I think it would be great to show ukrainian people about orphans with special needs who were adopted.How they looked before at orphanages and how they look now, when they are in loving families.I`m sure it will change hearts!So, please, share this link,http://bibleorphanministry.blogspot.com/2012/01/we-need-your-help-to-break-stereotype.html  to spread the word.Thank you!

We are so thankful to ABC news, Abbie Boudreau and Sarah Netter to give a chance to find forever families for children with special needs.And we so thankful to Andrea Roberts from Reece`s Rainbow who has a huge heart to orphans with special needs,help them find forever loving families!

 So, for now please, pray that Mommy and Daddy will find Masha, will find her, little princess and give her love, care and future.Please, pray God will lead their hearts to this sweet little girl.

 And we would be very thankful if you will pray.As we are going to speak with directors of mental institutions and orphanages about children with special needs, to ask their permit that children will be adopted and find their families.It will take a time.Thank you!

The power of social network!

We are very exciting to see how huge traffic we have these days!How many hundreds people are interesting to know more about our ministry and help to spread the word about kids with DS. It`s amazing to see how God works through social network! Honestly I even did not expect.We are so humbled and overwhelmed by your interest to help to spread the word.
Thank you all, for your links, pictures, websites and different information.Thank you so much, to those who shared this post on different social networks and websites!We are appreciate it VERY much!Thank you, Friends for your open hearts to help us here to spread the word about DS!You all are awesome!

For those who would love to send us pictures of your kiddies, please, send in high resolution if you can.Thank you!

Please, send, share links, pray, spread the word, whatever you can do.It means so much for us!!!Thank you!

I would love to share with you one more blessing we have.How God works through social network.You never know what can happen when you share the link.If you do with all your heart and wish to help, God will bless your heart and it will bring a blessing.

Yesterday I received an email from a young lady Alexia, from Miami.I was humbled, overwhelmed and excited to know how God works through social network.It blessed my heart so much!!!That even now I`m typing and my hands are trembling to see how AWESOME and great our Lord Jesus!I`m exciting and would love to share it with you to encourage you all, send links, share blogs, spread the word, whatever that will help some one and in right time God will do his work, what is in His plans.

Here what she says:

Hello Alla,

I noticed on the Bible Orphan Ministry that you have been writing about children with special needs and adoption. I never told you, but a few months ago I saw that you posted a link on facebook about an adoption ministry called Reece's Rainbow. That night I was looking through the children that are waiting, and I found a beautiful little girl and in my spirit I knew that we were going to adopt her. For many years my mother has been praying for her adoptive daughter and when I showed her the picture of the little girl on the computer, my mom jumped and cried because she knew that it was from GOD! In September of 2011, immediately my mother committed to adopting her and she has a blog that she writes. it is: bringamelia.blogspot.com
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for putting that link on your facebook page. I know that you are a woman that is after the orphans and I ask you to please keep us in prayer. I know that it will not be easy, but we serve a Big God and through HIM all things are possible!!

God bless you

When I asked, did they hear about this organization before.Here what Alexia said.

I had never heard about Reece's Rainbow before. I found out about that website through your blog and that is where we found Amelia.

 Isn`t amazing to know and see how God works!?Wow! I would be named it miracle "number two", where through our ministry a family found her daughter. :) The "number one", many of you have read before.If no, please read here.To know more details, please read and watch video.Each time when I watch, it brings tears of joy and how is AWESOME God who still does miracles same as more than 2000 years ago.Because HE is ALIVE GOD!

So, for now.I ask you PLEASE, follow the blog of this family.bringamelia.blogspot.com I`m exciting to see what God will do in future!Will you join with us?A little girl Amelia is sooo precious and cute!They already are in process of their adoption journey and work hard to raise funds.Please, follow, pray hard, donate if you can.THANK YOU, FRIENDS SO MUCH!

I would like to mention here that Alexia is young lady who helped with school supplies before to orphans.Here we deliver it.Her family has a big heart for orphans.
Thank you!!!

Very soon I`m going to share with you, what an amazing one more blessing we have!
Love to you all!

January 27, 2012

We need your help to break stereotype

I`m very excited to tell you we begin our now project to spread the word about kids with Down syndrome.We have talked here many times we should to start it.So, we start! :)

Than more we read different information about these special kids and adults as well, than more we see beautiful pictures, videos, read wonderful blogs etc.All the more we realise it`s time to start. Time to share information in Ukraine about these beautiful and sunny kiddies!
As many of you probably know that Ukraine does not have special schools, kindergarten or nursery school, special programs, special education, books for these children.Other word Ukraine has NOTHING to develop and train them.As the result Ukrainians know nothing about kids with Down syndrome and they are ignored and suffer here.
Our main goal is to share this information as much as it is possible.To tell people they are same, as many other kids, they can learn, read, write, swim, ride a bike, to work, marriage,  enjoy a life as many of us and not be socially ignored as they are here.
First of all we think to do it in orphanages and mental institutions.We think to share pictures, videos, information with employers of orphanages on special meeting.We did not ask permitting of directors yet but we VERY hope, they let us do it.

Friends, we need your help.It`s very sadly but we have a little information in Ukraine.I found only two blogs of parents who have kids with DS and we know only one organization who work with these kids.I will be continue to search information about Ukrainian kids.I`m not sure or will find more...

Anyway.We would love to ask you.Please, can you help us to break stereotype? We need links of websites where we can find information about special kids.And we need pictures and videos what would be helpful.I know some of you have kids with special needs.We would love to kindly ask you.Can you share with us pictures of your kids?It would be good when they do something.That will show ukrainian people what these children can do.Many of you know parents who have kids with special needs.Probably you can share this information with them and they can send us pictures of their kiddies also. We would be VERY happy to receive pictures and video or links to video as well.

We would love to show pictures and videos of foreign sunny kiddies too.If in America, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Great Britain, Mexico and many other countries these kids can live by productive and full life?But why not Ukrainians?Why Ukrainians sunny kiddies should to suffer? Why orphans should to die and suffer in mental institutions?  It`s not God`s will! 

We excited and dream to break Ukrainian stereotype! Our dream and prayer is to show and inform that these children CAN have a bright future.

Yes, it`s will take a time.We do not know how much.But we excited to do it and very hope that staff of orphanages and mental institution will change their thinking, knowledge, their hearts and relation to these kids.

Please, can you help us by your pictures or links?It will be very helpful! Who knows maybe picture of your little angel will change a heart of someone forever to break stereotype?
Please, can you share this link with many others?Probably someone can help to give us important information?

Thank you so much for any your help! We really appreciate it much!God bless you!

January 24, 2012

The first king

I`m very happy to tell you what we have done next day after visit girls with special needs.Next day we could to have Bible lesson with orphans with special needs too.But there children are different.
We had full class of kiddies!What a blessing!We were very excited to see them all and spend time, having talk about heroes of Bible.

I love to see how orphans pray!Aren`t they all sweet?

When we have remembered a song which we have learned with them about Samuel last time, we had an object lesson.We named this game, "If I would be a king..."
 Children sat down on a chair, dressed a crown on a head, and they spoke, "If I would be the king", and they have told that they would do, their wishes etc.It very funny to hear their thinking and wishes for people in their kingdom(other kids at class). They LOVED it so much, to be king!Many children wanted to play at this game.
 After that voting children have chosen the king of whom they wanted.

"It was only game and we chose the king. And now let's listen very interesting history which is written in Bible. How Self God has chosen a king!" we said.

We spoke this time about the first king in Israel how the Lord has chosen king Saul.(1Samuel 9-10)
"Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?" (1Samuel 10:1)

 When I having prepared this lesson I was thinking for a long time, what can I use for vial?And I have remembered about small vial of perfume I have and a some moments of my life.
A Short story.
Probably 9-10 years ago an one man came from Greece to Ukraine and we met one other at one church.Two years later he came back to Ukraine and presented vial of expensive perfume to me(and many other gifts, he was rich man :) ), he wanted we married and to live in Greece. I told him, no. Because I could not leave orphans here... He pleaded me, you will have other ministry there etc, etc.
But my heart is here in Ukraine with those who I love very much. :) Who are very dear to me. God had other plan as for ministry and my personal life as well.And I`m VERY happy to see what God is doing in our ministry and my personal life too.

So, I keep small vial for Bible lessons.It helped us many times. :)

I have poured inside there pair of drops of water, it was as oil.Children were amazed to see when water "oil" were pouring on Saul.They liked it VERY much!

 After that we have attached Saul. On the poster of 3 crowns. So we will consistently study about 3 kings, Saul, David and Solomon. I think it will help to children remember them better.

 Next we played a game, we name "Find Saul".
 "When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff."

 We have hidden doll Saul in room before lesson.We asked questions the history they listened. Then children should find Saul. Who the first has found, had the right to hide Saul for game continuation etc.

 At this time when someone hid a paper doll, all others closed eyes not to see. As children like to peep, we have told that they have laid down on school desks so it was easier to us to supervise them. :)

And after that, they searched for the doll.

Oh, how was happy who found Saul!
 Taras was thrilled!

Bible verse," For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding". (Psalm 47:7)

As we were going to do a crafts, binocular. "and when they sought him, he could not be found." We took  binocular to show to children. Oh, how they rejoiced! They could not believe that it is real. Is it real, they asked.All children could look. When they looked, cried out, "Wow! I can see far!" What a joy it was for them.

Craft, binocular

Oksana helped to those who needed.Isn`t this boy sweet?

Children rejoiced by their binoculars VERY much!

One more blessing they could to receive, it`s sweet marshmallow.They were surprised and very excited!

Some kiddies could not be at lesson.They asked us for stuff that they can make binoculars too.When they saw children have it, they said. "Oh, we want to have too!" They LOVED it!

We were tired very much after a lesson.Even could not speak. As there were many children in a class and were a little noisy. But not in it a problem. A lot of snow has dropped out and it is far to us a little to go to autostation to take the bus.Roads were not are cleaned from snow and it was heavy to go. We have been exhausted both emotionally and physically. And we were sooo hungry that were ready to eat snow in the street.Really!
We were very glad that could to have blessed time with children. But we were very so tired, we couldn't wait when we will get home.

January 23, 2012

Such two wonderful opportunities

First of all I would love to thank you, for returning here!We appreciate very much that you take a minute and read our updates.Hope it brings you blessings.You are welcome here! :)

I`m so excited!I have so many to tell you!What amazing God we serve!

First several days of last week was "crazy" for me and the rest of team too. :) We needed to be ready for 3 Bible lessons one after another and we were busy VERY much.We knew we will not have a time to be ready. So, we prepared during several days.One day team worked deep to the night that to be ready and just left a place where we prepared at 2.00 AM. Next day we needed to get up at 6.00 AM will go to an orphanage.Some members slept only 3 hours at this night but some slept only 1.5 hours.Sometime it happens. But that is ok and worth it! :)

We had such two wonderful opportunities to have 2 Bible lessons in an orphanage for girls with special needs.We were so blessed!What a wonderful day we had and excited journey!God is good!!!

The first meeting we had with older girls.When they saw us, oh how they began to excited.They have run to us to give their hugs and kisses!It was so sweet.It was such blessing to see them again!

But when this girl came into the class I wanted to cry...My eyes were full with tears.I`m so sorry for this girl who still can not have a hairs.I feel myself so helpless...She is very sweet and smiles often.
Can you imagine how she feels?..Can you imagine what she feels when she sees girls who has hair? What do you think, what she thinks when she look at herself at mirror???
 Our Heavenly Father created her as wonderful and beautiful creation. She has such kind heart.
She is a girl.It`s so heartbreaking to see her in this condition...We pray hard we can help her.Please, will you join with us in prayer to help her?..

In the beginning we congratulated girls who had Birthdays.And we had many birthdays girls at this time! :)

They were very happy to receive gifts!As no one congratulate them and they never celebrate their birthdays.We were surprise to see a girl(on video) who kissed her gift.

So, can you imagine how they are happy to receive a gift knowing that no one to present a gift to them.Tell you.They wait for gifts ALL time.When we just come into class, children(in EVERY orphanage not just here) begin to say that they had Birthday.And they excited very much to receive a gift!

Please, pray hard for our project, Gifts to Orphans.Your prayers mean so much for us!

Before Bible story we had an object lesson about seeds. Sisters showed to girls different seeds and pictures of that too.After Nadya explained if we want to have good fruits in our heart, we have to sow good seeds in our heart, kindness, love, care, mercifulness,friendship, forgiveness etc. And if we will sow not good seeds in our heart, we will reap bad fruits and will have evil heart, jealousy, avarice, egoism, not forgiveness,envy etc. 

We were talked about forgiveness at this time.As we talked about Joseph who forgave his brothers, when they sold of him to Egypt. If we forgive, our heart is free and we are calm.But if we keep bitterness, we have a trouble.
Girls were very interested to see different seeds.

After Bible story we learned with them Bible verse:  "...forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephes. 4:32(b)

In this helped us a game what girls played.
We have chosen 7 persons. They went on a class while music sounded. When music has stopped they should fast to find to herself a pair. Who hasn't found to herself pair, had the right to open a verse word. As words have been numbered, it was good possibility to repeat numbers with girls.Girls liked this game very much and were exciting to play!
After of game Nadya has made a resume. As it was a little disappointed to who hasn't found pair, how  it was lonely to Joseph in Egypt there.

And in the end we made a craft.

The craft was with the Bible verse and two circles put together by brads where on the bottom circle were events  in Joseph's life. They can twist circles.I think it perfectly, as it helps to remember to girls these events :)

Girls liked VERY much this carft!

One more blessing we had.We could to give sweet marsh-mallow to girls.Oh, how they enjoyed!What a joy and blessing was to them!

Friends, God hears your prayers!We had such amazing time with girls!Several teachers were sitting and has observed during almost all lesson. An one teacher, who was not so happy to see us before.She came up and said: "Please, come to us oftener." Wow! We were amazed to hear it! What a blessing!God works in hearts of employers of orphanage!Please, keep praying!!!

Do you see these beautiful and funny lambs? I hope that you like them too :)
We made them with smallest kids.It was second Bible lesson we had after lesson with older girls.We were so happy we could to have second lesson in same orphanage!What a blessing and wonderful opportunity!

Oh!You should to see these precious faces and their shining eyes when they saw us!How they run to us and give theirs hugs!How they excited!They fly as bees to honey.And it melts our hearts.

In the beginning we congratulated kiddies who had Birthdays.The sweet teacher helped us at this time.We were so blessed she was at lesson and helped us, when we needed it.

Look at these happy faces!Are not they sweet and precious?

During a lesson we sang a song with them.They LOVE to sing with movements.

Before telling a Bible story about Cain and Abel, we had object lesson.
God is so good!We were able to buy fruits and give them piece of each fruit, an orange, banana, apple and kiwi.We have found they never eat kiwi.It was first ever kiwi they eat. :(
Oh, how they were impressed and enjoy by this blessing!When you see their happy faces.You want to cry,it`s tears of happiness.You are happy to see these sweet and beautiful happy faces.You are happy to see how they excited by each little thing and you think can be something better?
Can be something better than to see a smile on face of kid than a tears?

We took fruits because "Cain was a tiller of the ground."
 "But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect." because he had not clean heart."And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell". We have talked how it`s important to have our small hearts pure from any sin.

Kiddies LOVED it very much!The object lesson was perfect!We noticed how they were excited by seeing fruits

Bible lesson about two brothers, Cain and Abel.

Here we played a game to learn a Bible verse.Children attached different fruits on the blackboard.

Such sweet love.Tanya adores Lyuba. :)

In the end we made these funny lambs.Kiddies were amazed and loved VERY much to make them!They wanted to put them one with another. :)

Children should put only cotton wool to already ready paper ball. And also to attach already ready snouts of lambs with eyes.We have made legs of lambs with chenille stems.Sisters have made paper balls before from of the old newspapers.And on top of balls have attached a sticky tape that helps to hold cotton wool.It was fun!

Do you remember this sweet girl, Annya?

Small kids were blessed by sweet marshmallow in the end also.

They loved it too! :)

We had amazing time with smallest kiddies too!They were so much impressed and emotional that even it was heavy to discipline them sometimes.But they were sweet!

And one more blessing we have.When we collected things and were going to go home. The teacher that was with us at the lesson, has approached to us and strongly thanked.She also has been impressed by the lesson, very much it was pleasant to her and she liked it too.
She has told that would be very glad to use our ideas in training of children. To tell the truth, we NEVER EXPECTED  to hear it. What a blessing! Also she has told that children feel this warmly and kindness that we bring and also they become others.They wait for us every time.
We have been amazed and overwhelm to hear it...It warmed our hearts and we praised the Lord!

And we left behind these wonderful and precious hearts who has told us good bye looking through windows.They every time see off us by this way...
Smallest ones...

and older girls as well...

The day was such beautiful.The winter finally came in Ukraine.Winter without snow, it`s not winter here.We everybody enjoy by snow.Everything just is white and very beautiful! On picture is not so nice as it really. :)
We were coming back to homes with hearts full of joy.And we were happy.

On the way to home I was thinking.Why this teacher was so much impressed and liked the lesson very much? Hmm. The lesson was very and very simple, there was not something amazing, inspired or unusual. The thought came in head.I hope I`m right. :) 
The problem is because teachers do not have books, literature or different things what will help them to teach children.Because this teacher thanked again for books and copybooks we brought to them.Thanks to you all! As I told you before, all teachers flew as hungry birds to bread.But what we brought, it is very and very little.They STARVE for different teachers helpers, books, copybooks, different literature, visualization etc.
We pray hard we can help them with different literature to teach children.There is very BIG need with it.Please, join to our prayers in this need!Thank you!

January 21, 2012

Everything is ok

Just would like to let you know that everything is ok.We visited several orphanages this week.And I have soooo many to tell you!
My computer works VERY slowly these days and it`s second day already I`m working on update.I have a problem to upload videos and pictures.I hope tomorrow to finish.Come back soon!Thank you! :) 
Blessings to all!

January 16, 2012

Shoes to girls in mental institution

What a blessing!Look what we received today!It`s amazing blessings!Isn`t it?How many boxes!There 100 pair of shoes! Wow!

Inside are summer shoes for girls.
Thank you very much for ALL your prayers when we asked you before!God blessed and we received all boxes safely!Praise the Lord! We are so exciting and praise the Lord!
If you remember we ask you to help girls in mental institution with summer shoes as they do not have.It`s amazing how God works and blesses!Thank you very much for your support and be blessings to these poor children!Thank you everyone who was involved in this project!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!

We are going to deliver these shoes on Spring, when will be warmer. :)
Thank you for all your support and prayers!You all are amazing!!!Blessings!

P.S. we did not go an orphanage last Saturday as we were going.Everything is ok, just changed plans.:)

January 14, 2012

It`s inspires me!

Recently I watched a video of this man with autism who absolutely stuned an entire crowd.I was amazed by his voice!But more to know he has AUTISM!
It`s absolutely amazing!When listening, it touched my soul, gave me goosebumps and tears were flowing to see this moment in this young man's life.
It`s inspired me so much!Those who have disability can do things if others that do not have a disabilities can not do.By the grace and faith in God they can do it, if we give them a chance they can do anything!

And I was inspired MORE again by family who has a cute little boy named Noah yesterday! That is incredible what a wonderful work they do with their son!It is such inspiring and a blessing to see and know what God can do in lives of people!

I was so thrilled and happy to see it!


Noah's Dad Working to Change Down Syndrome Attitudes: MyFoxDFW.com

The website of this family is http://noahsdad.com/

 Many months I cleck an idea in my heart.I think often and realized we need do something.I have a burden in my heart to spread the word about children with Down syndrome in mental institutions and orphanages where we minister. Employers know NOTHING about these kids! Than more I watch videos, read wonderful blogs about adoption of sweet kiddies, read information.Other words than more I learn about these special kids than more I realise we must to tell people about it in Ukraine! Yes, we tell our friends, church members etc. that these kids can be adopted, they can educate, even work,to live on their own lives or even marriage and many different things.You should see reaction of people! Really?Are you serious?

After watching this video my heart catch fire again.Than more I think and realise, than more my heart is beating.

I do not know HOW and WHEN.But we should to tell staff of orphanages and mental institutions.I have several ideas.Give information to staff of orphanages, show pictures, video of these special kids, have special meeting with them etc.We hope after hearing of information they will change their hearts and relation to these kids.We need to think over much, we need much wisdom, God`s hand and many prayers.

I have some idea but do not know or will it work out ...Time will show. :)

But one I know and I`m sure we MUST to tell people about kids with Down syndrome!People in Ukraine know nothing!


 I was going to share it with you days earlier, just did not have a time. :)

And I was inspired MORE again by family who has a cute little boy named Noah yesterday! That is incredible what a wonderful work they do with their son!It is such inspiring and a blessing to see and know what God can do in lives of people!I was so thrilled and happy to see it!

 The website of this family is http://noahsdad.com/

 Many months I cleck an idea in my heart.I think often and realized we need do something.I have a burden in my heart to spread the word about children with Down syndrome in mental institutions and orphanages where we minister. Employers know NOTHING about these kids! Than more I watch videos, read wonderful blogs about adoption of sweet kiddies, read information.Other words than more I learn about these special kids than more I realise we must to tell people about it in Ukraine! Yes, we tell our friends, church members etc. that these kids can be adopted, they can educate, even work,to live on their own lives or even marriage and many different things.You should see reaction of people! Really?Are you serious?

After watching this video my heart catch fire again.Than more I think and realise, than more my heart is beating.
I do not know HOW and WHEN.But we should to tell staff of orphanages and mental institutions.I have several ideas.Give information to staff of orphanages, show pictures, video of these special kids, have special meeting with them etc.We hope after hearing of information they will change their hearts and relation to these kids.We need to think over much, we need much wisdom, God`s hand and many prayers.

I have some idea but do not know or will it work out ...Time will show. :)
But one I know and I`m sure we MUST to tell people about kids with Down syndrome!People in Ukraine know nothing!

January 13, 2012

The God`s voice

Thank you so much for your prayers I asked you yesterday.We had such amazing day today too!God is so good!We continue to have Bible lessons in orphanage which we visit every Friday.

We had not a lot of children as yesterday. :) Because many children still had not come from vacation to orphanage. Many of them stay at homes.This orphanage has many social orphans.Who usually have a one parent or even both, who do not care and neglect of them.The reason alcohol abuse and drugs, jail, homelessness, prostitution, violence of kids etc.Often parents are deprived of parental rights.It`s so heartbreaking and so sadly to see and know that parents are not interested in lives of their kids. And they grow up without love, undefendedness and lonely...
That is one of  reasons why we bring Gospel to orphans.Let them know God loves and cares about them.I love this verse."When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up." (Psalm 27:10)

 We were so much surprised when we remembered Bible verses which we learned before. Many of them remember and we repeated it again.We were so blessed to see and hear it! They do not have Bibles.So, we learn verses with them and repeat each time that will stay in their hearts forever.Each time we add one more verse what we learn during a lesson.
What a blessing to see when a child wants to learn and hear God`s word!

 At this time we spoke about little servant-Samuel, how he heard God voice.The topic of our lesson was how it`s important to learn and hear God`s voice in our lives.

 Before Bible story we had a game which was object lesson.Honestly saying, I thought they will not like much this game and will be bore.But I was wrong. :)
They loved this game so much!Wow!And asked to play more and more!
We became in a circle having joined hands and revolved telling certain words, a small quatrain. When we revolved and spoke, I showed on the child which should tell a certain word. They could change a voice. At this time there was a child blindfold which should guess  who has told this word. It was very amusing when some children couldn't guess a voice!It was real fun!

Children watched a cartoon at this time.But before that we had read story about Samuel from the Bible.These kids are not able go to church every Sunday.They can not imagine about ministry at church, how a choir sing, how preachers preach etc.So, we try to accustom hear Gods` word from Bible.

We have talked with director of this orphanage some time ago that some children take to church if only sometimes.After church ministry we would feed them and return to orphanage.Director is very willing.But we are not able for now.So, we pray that some day God will hear our prayer.

 Next we sang with children a song about Samuel.Oh, how they liked it!Even when we made a craft, they listened and sang it again and again.

After that we played a game where children should to give correct answers to questions about Bible story.I was sure they will like this game.And yes, they LOVED this game!It was soooo fun!
We named game "to Feed Samuel".When kiddies just saw a picture they began to laugh because little Samuel looks funny. :)

They chose a paper feeding-bottle they wanted.Had Read question and gave answer.We helped to read for those kids who can not read or not so well.But really there are only several who can read well.

And blindfold should place a small bottle than more close to a mouth of Samuel, feed him.

Well, that is our poor Samuel in the end of the game. :))) Kids sooo loved this game and laughed very much when they placed in wrong place a feeding-bottle.

When we repeated the song again, we learned a Bible verse, words what little servant said to the Lord. "Speak, LORD, for thy servant heareth." 1 (Samuel 3:9)

And in the end a craft as every time. :)

A poor boy has broken hand, he tried to color but could not.So, Oksana helped him.

This boy is cute.Isn`t he?

We had a girl about 12-13 years old.Nadya helped her to make the whole craft, because girl can not color and scissor out even a very simple pieces. :(

Children were amazed by this craft because it`s unusual.The craft is unusual that there some parts that can be moved. When eyes of Samuel open, they can read a verse that have learned in advance. When eyes of the boy are closed, the verse hides. They so rejoiced when could move craft parts. When they have made, they cried out. Look at this! Look eyes of Samuel opens and closes! Wow! How cool is that!

So sorry do not have a photo of that.I will try next time to make a photo in other orphanage. :)
Here are kids with their crafts.

Ok.Next picture of girl, who is our new friend.Other class(group of kids) who come regularly could not come for meeting so we called other group.They were first time at this Bible lesson.They were so MUCH excited and amazed!Oh, how they were glad!!! I even can not find words to describe how they were happy!!!

Also they asked much to make a photo with them.Really,I did not want because we have thousands. :) But they pleaded much.I saw how they were excited by being with us.So,I agreed.This is Alyona, who is like small kitten snuggled to us.

Taras is not new kid but he is sweet boy too.

At the end new children asked, will you come tomorrow?We answered, no.They asked again, maybe you will come on monday?When we said next Friday.They said: "Oh, it`s so long to wait!Please, come back soon!We ask you very much come back soon, please!"
It was so sweet and warmly to hear it and we were surprised.It melted our hearts.:) Isn`t God good?


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