We recently did a camp for orphans in Kareliya. It was really amazing time although there were many circumstances to prevent it from being amazing. Last day before camp we found out that the place we rented was given to somebody else. It was shocking but we immediately started to call everyone we know to find another place in Kareliya. And we did, but we have never been there so we went into the unknown.
The place was so dirty and dark but our team did their best to make is cozy and nice. When orphaned young adults arrived it was so much better. We spent a wonderful week there, having fun and sharing serious Bible study and useful things.
Our camp theme was about relationships, how to build them and how to make them healthy. Many things that are usual to us aren’t usual to orphans. They didn’t have a good example growing up so they often don’t know how to be a good husband or a good wife. It was very useful and practical in their lives. We also talked about 5 love languages.
And besides practical, we were talking about God and just loving our young friends. We were worshiping together, singing songs to Him, praying and preaching. We had 5 birthdays at this time, so almost everyday we had a birthday homemade cake, presents and were singing “Happy Birthday” all day long! One girl who had a birthday cried so much, saying that this is the best birthday she ever had. For the first time in 25 years she felt loved, special and appreciated.
And we had so much fun! We had a hike in the rain, making hot dogs and s’mores. It was time when everyone had a chance to show love for one another by helping them. In the end of the camp we had a Banana Party which was an absolute success. Everyone was singing, dancing and laughing. And after that – a talent show.
We thank you so much for your prayers and finances that you gave us! It was not an easy task to prepare and lead the camp, but it was worth it. Our orphans are looking forward the next camp already and we hope we will be able to make it. The most important thing is the fact that their hearts began to respond to the Gospel. God of mercy Himself makes a wonderful transformation within them. Six young people decided to follow Christ! We started serias of Bible studies with them. Rejoice with us and pray for them and their hearts.
We also would like to share our needs with you:
in late October we are planning to attend a teaching seminar for youth ministers in Moscow and would love to bring few our volunteers for them to become more effective leaders for our youth. Please help us to cover transportation cost and participation on a conference. $220 covers all expences for one person. If God wills, we would like to send five people for study.
May the mercy and blessings of God be with you
If you are able to join with us financially in this project, you can send a donation through the mail or make an online donation https://www.stoneworksinternational.com/hfo-support/
Please note that your donation is for Heart for Orphans.