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Last updated: November 28, 2022

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.

 

What is a challenge you face?
Getting the paperwork to take children from the orphanage into the city.
What is something interesting that happened this month?
  • 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
Spotlight on Vitalik
Age: 10
Vitalik is Valera’s brother, a child we highlighted earlier. At first, he was difficult to communicate with but he has become more calm and joyful. Before Vitalik and his brothers were brought to the orphanage, their mother taught him some things about the Bible but it seems like she may have learned what she knows from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Vitalik often argues with the volunteers about points in the stories that conflict with what he was taught. Pray that he will continue to understand the love of his heavenly father and that he will build bonds with the volunteers.
Prayer Requests
For Nastya and the volunteers – That more volunteers will come to serve the children.
For the children 
  • 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
For Russia – For peace

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.

Prayer Requests

  • 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: 

1. How have you seen God work through your time with the children in the orphanage?
God manifests Himself in many ways in our work. We prayed for more volunteers for VCH and God sent two more amazing volunteers. Also, the children have started listening to the stories with more excitement and memorizing more Scripture. We have also gained far more trust with the caregivers there, which means better communication and higher quality time with the children.
2. What is one interesting thing that happened this month?
One boy has been very tense and struggling with his mental health. We were worried and praying for him. This month, he has begun to show more love, gentleness, and friendliness. He enjoys our meetings and has participated more.
Spotlight on Daniel
Age: 9
Daniel has always enjoyed spending time with us but openly told us that he was not interested in the Bible. Recently, he has begun to actively participate in the Bible classes and answer questions. He is Romani, which is a highly discriminated-against group in Russia. I am eager for him to build relationships with our group.
Prayer Requests
For the kids – For the children to be drawn to God 
For Nastya and the volunteers – For many people to join our new mentoring program and for the directors of the orphanages to work well with them
For Russia – For peace between Russia and Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees

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:

What is one thing that has surprised you since you started working in this orphanage?
Nastya has noticed that when the children first arrive at the orphanage, they are very sad and despondent. However, over time, they become more active and joyful. They become friends with the other children and do well. Nastya believes this speaks very well of the staff there. 
What is one interesting thing that has happened this month?
For a New Year’s celebration, they gifted the children some children’s Bibles that were in the format of comics. The kids loved them and wanted to hear more about the Bible stories!

Spotlight on Valera

Age: 11
Valera is the oldest of three boys and has come to the orphanage recently. He really struggled at the beginning, cursing and acting aggressively. He was made to attend his mother’s court date, which was, of course, upsetting. He is very defensive and has walls built around himself, but the volunteers can see the word of God touching his heart. He is eager to participate in the Bible classes and clings to the male volunteers. Please pray for the boys to grow together and have the opportunity to be live in a family once again.   
Prayer Requests
For Nastya and the volunteers – For God’s wisdom and for unity
For the children – To open their hearts to Christ’s love
For Russia – That the government will support their work and that foster care will grow in Russia until no child has to be in an institution