About one month ago I have been asked by the Shuya orphanage administration if we would like the idea of taking kids home for the weekends. This is how our program actually began to work even though we still don’t have the building for our center, we using our homes!
So, the last 2 weekend’s different children from the orphanage came to Ivanovo with us. Usually when our team (5 volunteers from our church) comes to Shuya orphanage each Sat, we begin with the 10 minutes lesson from the Bible and after that kids are leaving to 3 different classes: drama, crafts and English. We want to thank you, our partners, for supporting our work, because of your help we never come to the orphanage with empty hands. Each time we bring supplies in which kids have the biggest need, at our last 2 visits we bought for the orphanage 2 boxes of hygiene products for girls and 100 pieces of soap for all children. Ladies from our church discovered while giving baths to orphans that their skin was in terrible shape because of the usage of cheapest technical soap. I am sorry to say, but most of us would not use this stuff even on our pets. Now, we make sure that orphanage staff has good soap for children.
Now, after our classes are over, we leave back to Ivanovo taking the happy ones with us. Tomorrow we will take 3 children – 2 girls and 1 boy. On Sunday morning children are coming to our service to worship with us and then Liza teaches them at the Sunday school. Before children leave back to the orphanage we feed them big lunch.
We are trilled about this great opportunity to impact lives of these little ones. Our biggest challenge is that Shuya is located about 20 miles away from Ivanovo and taking children back to the orphanage on Sunday evening, we have to use public transportation which works terrible in. We need a van for our work, this is our prayer request. Please, also pray for the Shuya children and for our team.
Alexei and Tanya Kotchan.