We have an opportunity to help graduates from orphanages. Two of them are Marina and Yuri. We worked with Marina in the orphanage and we met Yuri through Marina. They have a boy Dima, three years old now. This family is trying to make a different way for their son.
Yuri and his brothers were sent to the orphanage when their mother died. His father moved to Ukraine with his other three kids. Yuri graduated and stayed in St.Petersburg. He finished technical school and his profession is a welder. He worked for some time but now lost his job.
Marina was put into an orphanage when she was 8 years old. Her mother is drug addicted and disabled now. It seems that Marina did not experience her mother’s love and care ever. As we remember Marina was a very tough teenager and sometimes ran away from the orphanage.
This is all a consequence of a difficult life outside a family where no one accepts and loves her. She also was discouraged by care givers in the orphanage. We witnessed a conversation between Marina and one of the care giver, who said “you will never succeed and you will have to bring your children to orphanage to be raised.”
Marina graduated from a different orphanage than Yuri. Then she met Yuri and they decided to be a family. They live in one room with Marina’s mother because the government doesn’t provide for her apartment yet.
One day Marina asked us (she has our contacts) for help when she did not have enough food to feed her baby. So we brought them some food and found that they have basic needs to cover for themselves and for their baby. We looked through our clothes, our daughter Nastya gave her toys and several families from our church gave baby clothes for them. They were very thankful for everything.
So step by step we are building our friendship with Marina and Yuri. Both of them love their son Dima and hope that he will never experience what they have. God has opened for us a door to share Christ’s love with them.
Please pray for this young family:
We are grateful to all of you who pray and partner with us working in God’s field!