Posts Tagged ‘mendakova’

Our time in Russia has come and gone so quickly!  Not only have we had the opportunity to share the lives with these kids, but they have touched each of our lives in tremendous ways!

It is evident that God has definitely been at work in the city of St. Petersburg long before we arrived, but it was truly a privilege to be a part of what He has planned for this area of Russia.

All of our hearts have been transformed by the love of these children. (more…)


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Today we said goodbye to the kids.

A very sad day.  We trust that each one is in God’s hands and He will provide for each child and teen at this Transit Center. (more…)

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The last couple of days have been great.  We’re really making a lot of connections with these kids.  Our favorite part of the day is when we arrive and they scream “Americantsy, Americantsy” and throw their arms around us to greet us.  There is a bit of sadness each day as we say “paka” (bye) or “dasvidania” to them.  It is hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day of this.


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We’ve had a busy couple of days.

Tuesday, we did a bit of sightseeing around this beautiful city.  We went to Spilled Blood Cathedral, with its gorgeous mosaics, and Kazansky’s Cathedral, down the street.  Our plan was to include the Hermitage, but due to the lengthy line, we chose to go to St. Isaac’s Cathedral instead, choosing to do the museum Sunday.  It was incredible.  The weather has been warm and clear, so we were able to go all the way up to the top and get some great shots of the city. (more…)

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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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A few days left for the teams’ ministry in Russia.  Both teams are finishing up their day camps at the orphanage and disability center.  If you ask one of the team members:  “Was it hard?” Their answer will be a definite – “Yes!”  But you cannot stop there…. keep asking, “Was it worth the difficult days and the tears?”  And you will hear an unanimous – “Yes!” (more…)

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