Last updated: March 3, 2022
Hello! Thank you so much for your support of the at–risk families program. I’m so excited to send you your first-ever at–risk families update! See Olya’s update below:
What is one thing that has surprised you since you started working with the families?
After many years of work, there is little that can surprise me. I was surprised that a mother who herself grew up in an orphanage is so caring about her children … Where does such love and affection come from in her? I am surprised at a Ukrainian emigrant who rents a room in the dorm, works hard, and raises three children on her own. At the same time, she does not drink and is not bitter at life, at God, or at people.
What is one interesting thing that has happened this month?
In January we celebrated Russian Christmas. At the meeting, we told the story of the birth of Jesus. Someone still heard it for the first time!
Shumik’s family: Mom Oksana and three children: Egor, Danil and Vika. We were able to help this family move to another apartment. We didn’t buy it, of course. But we helped a lot in the process of consultations with specialists. I am very glad that the mother herself is active in making her life and the life of her children better. Now Oksana has her own room in the dorm, which she rents out, and she herself rents a small apartment with her children. She and the children have registration now and she was able to apply for child benefits! And Yegor, the eldest son, is engaged with a tutor. What a big life change! Thank you for your participation!
For Olya – Please pray for me personally and for my daughter Alexandra. For me to have wisdom with her. For Alexandra, so that therapy and medicine will help her. And I really want her to turn to God! The situation in the family takes a lot of energy! (Note: Alexandra is adopted. Olya has had a heart for vulnerable children for a long time!)
For the families – Now is a very good time to communicate with families. We know each other better. There is trust. The problems they face are more clear. In our meetings, I tell stories about the life of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will be faith in God, that they will discover prayer for themselves, and that communication will be even more personal! There are parents who suffer from alcohol addiction. Please pray that they will recognize this addiction and seek help.
For Russia – A global question! Now for our president, for the military, and everyone who is participating in this terrible war with Ukraine. For a peaceful settlement, for protection and assistance to those who suffered!