Angela is 11 years old, who has three siblings: an older brother Igor (19), a younger sister Dasha (6), and a younger brother Nikita (5). They used to live with their parents, but her father, who was from the Congo, kicked the entire family out of the home, never wanting to see them again (due to constant conflicts with Angela’s mom). They became homeless, because Angela’s mom did have any extended family.
Angela’s mom had no choice, but to temporarily send the children to the psychoneurological facility (my assumption is that there was no room at an orphanage), where the children could reside until she could receive employment and find a place for the family to live together.
We met Angela and her siblings while serving at this location. She is a very outgoing and vibrant young lady. She enjoys our Bible lessons and always looks forward to our visits. She participates in our lessons, engages in crafts, and is a blessing to our team; we always look forward to seeing her.
During one of our trips to Angela’s facility, she shared with us that she constantly prays to God. One of her biggest prayers is to see her mom and eventually be reunited with her. One day, Angela prayed to see her mom. She had apparently called her mom and asked her to come and visit them, but Angela’s mother had the inability to visit the kids for some unknown reason. Angela went into fervent prayer and unexpectedly, her mom was at the facility. For Angela, who loves her mom very much, this was a miracle answer to prayer (for an 11-year-old child). This was a temporary blessing, since it was only for a few hours. All Angela wants is to be reunited with her family within a home environment. Please pray that all the children can be reunified with their mom. In the meantime, we continue to love, pray, and serve all the children at this facility, as well as, all of our other locations too.
Hospital #17 – “You Saved Us!”
Most of our work with children are in orphanages and/or facilities for disabled children, like in Angela’s facility in the testimony above. Almost all of the kids are old enough to attend our Bible lessons, crafts, and game time. However, there is one location where we have worked for about 14 years, which is within hospital #17 (in Ukraine, these hospitals don’t always have names for their locations, just numbers).
In this location, we love and invest in kids that range from newborn/infants to five years old, who have been abandoned by their families for one reason or another. The children are so young, that they have no comprehension of who we are and why we do what we do. There usually are not many kids here – usually between one and six kids at any given time.
Our aim, as Christians, is to love them by changing their diapers/clothes, feeding them, etc. As you may be aware, babies need love and care early in life, so they do not have long term emotional and developmental problems. Our desire is to work with them at the most basic level: loving them, caressing them, playing with them, taking them for walks, and caring for them, as much as we are allowed to do so by the government, so they can develop normally. We regularly purchase supplies (food, diapers, etc.) for these kids, which allows us to continue to serve in this location.
One day, before heading to the hospital, Lilya (our SCM partner in the photo above) went to the store to purchase supplies for the kids. Lilya was going to buy cereal for the children, when all of a sudden, the Lord heavily impressed upon her heart, “buy formula.” This sounded odd, because the hospital was supposed to purchase those types of food items. But the thought would not depart Lilya’s mind, so she obediently, she purchased the formula, only to find out when she arrived at the hospital, that they had no formula to feed an infant that was admitted that morning. The hospital staff was very concerned prior to Lilya appearing. When Lilya arrive, the nurse kept repeating over and over, “You have saved us! Youhave just saved us!” Apparently, the hospital was unprepared for this newborn child, had no formula to feed the baby, and the hospital had no money to purchase food for three more days, which where were critical for the baby’s survival.
Apparently, the child was crying non-stop from starvation and the nurse in charge was near a breakdown in tears, because did have the ability to feed the child. In America, we think, “Well, why don’t you just go and buy the formula yourself?” However, in Ukraine, the formula would have cost the nurses equal to her entire salary for the day. She wasn’t rich herself and she could not afford to purchase it from her own resources. After Lilya left, she unequivocally believed that our Lord had spoken to her to save this newborn child.