Even though I have known about this statistic for years, I still can’t help but be shocked by it when I see it. Imagine more than 700,000 orphan children across Russia—and even more when you factor in the other nations of the CIS. It is truly staggering.
As you have read in our newsletter before, the vast number of these forgotten children are “social orphans,” in essence children who have living parents (or caregivers), but are abused, neglected, or both. In many cases, their parents are alcoholics and unable to care for them. Whether they are social orphans or true orphans, life in an orphanage is terribly difficult. The staff does the best they can, but the sheer numbers of children make it very hard to provide individual attention. In addition, these children are often not prepared for life on the outside when they reach age 18 and must leave the facility. Countless young people end up in crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, or prostitution. Unless someone intervenes.
And that is what the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn is all about—making an eternal difference in the lives of these young boys and girls. And once they come to Christ, they often end up as part of the ministry themselves, dedicated to reaching other kids with the Gospel as they were reached. It’s an ongoing story of grace that you are helping to write.
Please pray for Orphans Reborn, and all the other SGA ministries you help support through your prayers and giving. I am so thankful for your partnership!
For our Savior,
Pastor Oleg's church reached more than 250 people through SGA-supported Compassion Ministry, and some have started attending church services!
God opened a door for Mikhail and his team to hold a children’s summer program in a remote village that was only accessible by aircraft.
Your donation will help change lives in former Soviet Union countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.