One of nine siblings, Illya is a first grade boy who resides in one of our partner orphanages in Russia. Though Illya, his four sisters, and one brother are part of the orphanage system, they are said to bring an atmosphere of joy into what can be a dark environment.

Illya has a joyful spirit and desires to be actively involved in games or making crafts. He loves hugs and often relies on the encouragement of loving adults to inspire him to do things on his own. He is learning to be confident in his abilities, but still looks for extra support. 

Through interactions with The Boaz Project’s team of local Christian volunteers, Illya learns about the love of Jesus and the sacrifice that was made for him on the cross. As he continues to grow, we pray he will grow in confidence based on his identity in Christ.

Please pray for Illya as he learns to cope with his studies and faces challenges among peers in school. Above all, pray that he may make Jesus his foundation and rely on Him in all circumstances.

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