Not long ago, we received a wonderful report from the Khabarovsk region in Far East Russia. There, SGA-supported Orphans Reborn leader Vyacheslav encountered yet another vivid reminder of God’s power. His story begins with Christmas outreach:
This past year, we have received more financial assistance than in previous years, and even more than we needed for the children in the three orphanages where we already minister. We accepted this as God’s call to work harder!
We resumed praying for the orphanage in another village, asking God to open the doors for us there. However, we were not able to meet with the headmaster of the orphanage before the Christmas holidays as she said the orphanage was on quarantine, and vacations were already scheduled. Instead, she invited us to hold our Christmas program after the holidays. We trusted God, bought gifts, and held the Christmas celebration for the other three orphanages in the church building. Since we had been refused admission previously at this orphanage, we thought that they worked closely with a local Orthodox church. But we learned that the priest began reducing his activities there, at first just at Easter and Christmas, and after that he stopped showing up at all. As a result of this, we were now allowed to show our Christmas ministry!
A week later, we signed an agreement between our church and the orphanage. From now on, every week the Word of God will be heard in one more place! Everyone who was in the orphanage and even the teacher attended our outreach. We talked about Christmas again. Then we had tea and a long conversation, and the children did not want to let us go.
As we talked, the children seemed very open. They had asked us to come at least a few times a year, and were very happy to find out that we would come on a weekly basis! Afterward, apparently after the director heard about the success of the first meeting, she contacted the pastor of our church and thanked him for a good start of our cooperation, offering even to expand it! We look forward to fruitful cooperation and the expansion of the Kingdom of God in this village and in our region. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!
We praise and thank God for this tremendous open door, and ask Him for His continued blessing on the Orphans Reborn team and their ministry. May many young boys and girls come to saving faith as they hear the Gospel!
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