When Orphans Ask: “Why is There So Much Suffering?”

So many children carry so much sorrow.
Orphans Reborn in Smolensk, Russia

Each Easter Sunday is a wonderful day—especially for orphans. We can discuss what a great act of love God showed on Golgotha when His Son paid the price for our sins. At the orphanage in Smolensk, the Orphans Reborn team had special lessons when they taught the children and their teachers about Easter.

We wanted them to know that Easter is not about colored eggs or a bunny. We shared the whole story, discussed it together, sang a lot of songs, made some crafts with the small children, and gave them small prizes. We also noticed that the teachers listened especially attentively. It was an important reminder that we are reaching not only the orphans, but the adults who work with them as well.

The orphan children have many questions and carry much sorrow.
For example: “If God is love, why do people have so many sufferings?” We often hear questions like this from adults, but when a child whose father is in prison and whose mother is an alcoholic asks you this question, it is much more difficult to answer. During the years of our ministry, we have heard this question so many times but it is no easier to hear.

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Through your support, the children learn the true story of Easter, and the love Christ has for them.

In that light, this past Easter we decided to discuss the story of Job to show the children that God can turn one’s sufferings into great blessings. And they do not have to feel lonely—because God is near. Again, this was not an easy topic to discuss.

But it is vitally important to help these young souls who have gone through such suffering already. Above all, God Himself understands our sufferings . . . For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10).

Please pray with us that the children will draw close to the Lord as they learn more of His great love. Thank you for your prayerful support of Orphans Reborn!

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