VCH Update Page
August 22, 2023
Hi! Thank you for supporting our amazing caregivers in Russia. Please enjoy this update from Nastya:
1. What I like most about working in an orphanage is contact with children, being in a relationship with them, getting to know them, watching them (especially when I see changes for the better).
2. Updates from July:
– I found a mentor for a girl from Lukhtonovo and they met.
– 3 children (1 from Lukhtonovo, 2 from Pokrov) were taken by the mentors for a short time to their home, to visit.
– Since the mentors began to take children on outings, the local guardianship department caught wind of what we were doing. They have not stopped us and I hope to develop relationships with them. Please pray that we will see how much good we are doing.
– One volunteer took responsibility for taking care of two children who were in an orphanage and are now in a dysfunctional family
– There was a Bible quiz in the orphanage and the children answered all the questions.
– The director of the orphanage in Lukhtonovo is very communicative and friendly with us. She is very happy that we come to visit the children and even wants to consult with us about them.
Spotlight on Arthur
Arthur has been in the orphanage for 2 years. When he arrived at the orphanage, he did not speak at all, and it seemed that he had some serious developmental delays. However, over time, a miracle happened and he slowly began to talk. He also started to show his intelligence in other ways, such as completing complex puzzles. It was clear that he was actively developing. Everyone was very surprised and happy. He is not so easy to understand, but he tries very hard. He hears the Bible almost every week and understands and remembers a lot. He is very happy and active. Pray for him that he will continue to develop and that he will come to God.
– For us: for volunteers to be added so that we can take good care of the children we know, both in the orphanage and those who were taken away from it
– For the children: that they have a good atmosphere in the orphanage and families, that they are protected from any violence, and that they become closer to God
– For the country: so that in Russia there are more people willing to help different people, so that people want to do good deeds, and for peace
– We were able to see Jasmin, a child who was raised in VCH and recently went home to be with her mother. We had a good time with her and talked about God’s work in her life.
– We were able to talk to two other children who have gone home to their parents. They want to stay in contact with us and their parents have allowed it.
– 2 more children got mentors.
– We conducted an Easter quest in one group.
– We went to another orphanage to see a girl who used to live in VCH.
– We started using more practical applications in our Bible lessons and the children have responded well. The last time we studied how to respond to evil with good.
Spotlight on Nastya
She was adopted as a child, but now her adoptive mother has decided to abandon her for reasons unknown to me. She is very calm and kind. She is close to her teachers and loves to knit. She is the oldest in the orphanage and gets very bored because there isn’t anyone on her level. Please pray that her mother will change her mind and also that she will come to God.
– For us: For all the volunteers to continue to be passionate about the project and for the children to find community with the volunteers and other believing friends.
– For the children: For their mental health and that they will come to know Christ
– For Russia: For peace and for directors of orphanages to understand what is good for children
February 15, 2023
Thank you for your support! Please enjoy Nastya’s update below:
We did a Christmas program in four different orphanages. We have been invited back to two for Easter already. We got the children stuffed animals with blankets inside for their gifts and one girl who had always wanted a unicorn got a unicorn toy by accident. She was so excited.
November 28, 2022
Thank you so much for your support of Nastya and the kids she and her volunteers serve! Please enjoy her update for November.
- One girl who has been in the orphanage for eleven years while her mother was in jail, Jasmin, was able to go home with her mother this month. Her mother got a job as soon as she was released from jail. One person in the orphanage said he does not believe in miracles but he believes their speedy reunion was a miracle.
- We have also improved the organization of the classes and included repetition so that the children remember the stories better
- The new mentoring program has started with her first match of a child from an orphanage and an adult volunteer
- Ilya – For him to stop stealing and understand that he will be provided for
- Jasmine – That she will continue to have a relationship with the volunteers who have known her for so long, for her to know God, and for this transition to go well as she develops a new relationship with her mom
- Valera – For him to be calm
August 25, 2022
Thank you so much for supporting Nastya and her volunteers as they love on the kids of Vladimir Children’s Home!
Why did you begin volunteering in the orphanage?
I started volunteering as a teenager. The church I attended went to the orphanage every Saturday and I really liked it. I was friends with children. When I grew up, I understood that they need help since it is hard for them to live without their parents. I saw that they needed support.
What is one interesting thing that happened this month?
- There is a little boy at VCH named Matvey (Matthew). A woman considered adopting him, but in the end it did not work out. This is the first time that someone wanted to adopt Matvey. We believe and hope someone else will try to adopt this sweet boy.
- Some of the boys have begun to understand our Bible lessons, which they did not understand before. It makes us really happy!
- A girl is about to move from VCH moves to Luhktonovo and we are praying that we will not lose touch with her. I see that there is a connection between her and the volunteers, and I want to communicate with her further. We prayed that she would not go home to her mother, but go to a boarding school, because her mother has many men at home and this is not safe for her.
Spotlight on Ksyusha
Ksyusha is 8 years old. She is a smart, sociable girl. We’ve known her from a very young age when she entered the orphanage. She is part of a large family. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters in this orphanage. She loves the volunteers, but it’s hard for her to focus on classes. She is very vulnerable, self-critical, and insecure. Please pray that she will make friends with God, that she will learn to be confident, and that she will find her way in life.
- That we can provide children with individual care
- That we have a good team
- For the development of our programs
- That children learn to be kind to each other and become closer to God
- That people in Russia would be more willing to help orphans and any people in a crisis situation and that the government would help in this
- To stop hostilities.
May 6, 2022
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your faithful support of Vladimir Children’s Home. I hope you’re having a lovely spring! Please find Nastya’s update below:
Last updated: February 21, 2022
Thank you so much for supporting our Russian partners’ work in Vladimir Children’s Home. Please find Nastya’s update below: