June 9, 2007
We just got back from Shuya and I wanted to share with you new pictures made today at our first “Shopping Day” at the orphanage. About one month ago within our outreach program we began giving away “talents” to children (Matthew 25:24). Talent is our official orphanage currency we using to teach children basic economic skills. They receive talents each weekend as a bonus for memorized Bible verses, well done crafts and home work or just for being nice to teachers and care givers at the orphanage. They can use talents to buy toys, candies, table games, books and other nice things or they can make an investment, open a bank account or make donation. So, today we and kids had tones of fun at our first shopping day! Enjoy the pictures!
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April 20, 2007
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? (Proverbs 24:11-12)
There are things the LORD hates: hands that shed innocent blood. (Proverbs 6:16-17)
Please, keep us in prayer as we continue outreach at the Ivanovo Technological College . We present some pictures from the last week seminars.
Tanya begins with icebreaking story about “the woman she ones knew”- powerful testimony of how God spared Tanya’s life years ago.
These young Russians for the very first time have a chance to face shocking truth about abortions.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (Psalm 139:15)
Holding silicon models of the babies lives unforgettable memories.
Each student receives a free copy of “the Theme” – Christian antiabortion newspaper that we publish.
Sharing His Truth, Saving Lives, Impacting Russia for Christ!
Alexei and Tanya Kotchan
April 16, 2007
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 Russia. 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.
March 22, 2007
Please, join us in prayer for the biggest ever outreach campaign we begin at the Silver City mall. All the time we keep hearing talks about the changes taking place in Russia but in spite of the political climate getting colder we have to press on and share His Truth with Russians like we never did before until it is still daylight!
In my hands you can see the “Ultimate Questions” brochure, which is the best Christian tract ever published in Russia. Within the next 4 weeks we are going to pass 8000 copies of Ultimate Questions right next to our Christian bookstore. Each brochure has a colorful sticker in the front page with the information about our bookstore and phone number of our church.
Please, pray for the Great Harvest of souls, for His protection over us as we go, for the open hearts and forever changed lives. Together we’ll impact Russia for Christ!
February 17, 2007
This morning we went to the Shuya Orphanage to be with kids and celebrate “Maslenitsa” – Russian pancakes day. Though the weather was very cold kids had tons of fun playing outside, eating pancakes and drinking hot tea cooked in Samovars – antique Russian pots working on chopped wood..
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Nastia Hmelovets (in the middle) got serious about faith while working at our bookstore at the Silver City mall and later on she received the Lord at our church service and became Tanya’s disciple. Nastia is 20 years old and she is a student at the Ivanovo University.While we were gone to the United States Nastia was running the bookstore and she did a great job. She comes with us to Shuya Orphanage as a part of the ministry team and she stays in touch with kids by mail as well.
Girls on the picture below are from the 9th grade; this May they’ll find themselves in a crisis situation – they will be forced to leave the security of the orphanage to the unfriendly world… Please, pray for them and please, pray for the Center for Orphans we wand to build in Ivanovo. You can read about this project on our website at the “Center for Orphans” section.
What can be more fun than riding a real horsy?
Another day is over at the Orphanage, home for 140 kids, a little world where they live and study. Kids that are desperately need love and care, like any other child in this world…
THANK YOU for helping us share God’s Love with these precious ones!
P.S. You can watch a VIDEO REPORT from Maslenitsa at the Shuya Orphanage simply by clicking PLAY at the window in the next post
February 9, 2007
We got back home to Ivanovo safely and now it is time to stop the voting. OK, I know it was very hard to pick the best one because all of the art work was excellent. According to your votes, #2 Alexei Lavrushkin (24 votes) is our winner and he will be going to the Ivanovo Circus show on Feb 24 with #3 Sveta Zheehareva (23 votes) and #11 Timur Kaftannikov (11 votes). Please, come back for the pictures update.