Archive for June, 2010

Over 30 students decided not to stay at home for their summer break, but to go across the ocean and meet children who are abandoned, abused and orphaned.

For the past two months SunErgos hosted five camps with the help of four Ministry teams from USA and Canada.
Culture and language differences did not stop these students from pouring all they had into the lives of these children and teens.
Tears were flowing, arms wrapping tightly and words – “will you come back?” Hard goodbyes for both sides…

These students took a leap of faith and answered God’s call to come and serve in Russia to the fatherless.  Lives were changed forever.

Here is a Glimpse into their LIVES…

my father is in prison for killing someone and my mother drinks to forget everything and everyone…

my step father raped me when I was a child and my mother did not stop it…she was too high on drugs…

my parents died, I was shipped to grandma’s…soon grandma died…then my aunt and uncle took me in. After a year, they grew tired of me and to my shock they just dropped me off at an orphanage and left…  what did I do wrong?

I know that people
stare at me as I am wheeled around the city in a wheelchair… I can’t go anywhere by myself, not even to the bathroom… how I wish I had legs that worked…

my uncle gave me TB… now I’m at a hospital for 4 months… my mom doesn’t care, she just left me and found a new boyfriend…

why should I care about a God who just looked on while I was raped, abused and left at the orphanage…


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Our last day in the orphanage was Thursday and the day went well. First thing when we arrived in the morning one of the older teens tugged on all of our heart strings when he asked if we could come back more days and not have Thursday be our last day. It was such a joy to know that we have confirmation that we had built good relationships with the kids and have them want us to continue to spend time with them, but sad as we knew we wouldn’t be able to do so. (more…)

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Holly: I am loving living in St. Petersburg. I’ve enjoyed touring the city and spending quality time with the children. I was feeling a little under the weather over the weekend, but thanks to your prayers never fully got sick. It has been so neat to see the progress in the children’ attitudes. Each child has a special story and I’ve enjoyed hearing various details from them. I also love when it’s not raining and we are able to take the children outside. I am sad to leave soon, but know the Lord has placed us here for a reason and we’ve already been able to see the fruit of our labor through Christ. I am so appreciative of your prayers! Let’s finish strong! (more…)

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It’s that time, the time when we have to say goodbye. However before we say goodbye we would like to give you one last update of our amazing experience here in Russia. Last time we left you hanging with such anticipation for our sauna adventure! As we approached the sauna we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. (more…)

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We finished our first week of camp at the Transit Center on Thursday. It was great to see the kids open up, participate and do things with us more and more as the days progressed. (more…)

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Yesterday afternoon we were given a chance to visit a baby orphanage where kids from age two to seven stay until they are adopted or transferred to an orphanage for older kids.

We had a special time with these precious children who surrounded us and latched on immediately. (more…)

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The CBU team finished their first week of camp!  It has been amazing to see God at work through this team, as they share, play and do crafts with these kids and teens that have seen so little love and acceptance.

As the days progressed the kids are paying attention, participating in the activities and opening up to the team.

God has been working with these kids through the previous CBU team in May, thus making it a softer soil for the the second CBU team. 🙂 (more…)

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