Reni prayer letter – August 2013
Beloved family in the Lord!
A couple of years ago our family was forced to make an important decision due to the persecution we were experiencing at that time: are we going to go back to Ukraine or not? The Lord then spoke very clearly to us: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel. “ (Isa 45:3) It was then that we realized just how precious each and every soul is to our Father. The little children abandoned by their mothers, the unborn little ones being murdered before they could even give a breath… even the alcoholics lying on the pavements of our streets. This Sunday the Lord spoke to us as a congregation once again how Jesus is a man who sold everything he owned in order to buy a field where a treasure lay buried. And the treasures are you and me!
Last week we were so privileged to hold a summer camp for disabled and abandoned little children with the theme… you guessed it! TREASURE ISLAND! The camp lasted for 5 days and the children heard through song, drama, art and play just how precious they were to God! We found a place about half an hour’s drive outside Reni next to the lake. For some of the children it was their very first time “at the sea”! We were so blessed and also encouraged to experience how much Father loves every single one of His treasures!
We decided to write a different kind of prayer letter this time. We wanted to take you on a stroll through Daddy God’s palace where He displays the crown jewels. We want to ask you to linger prayerfully in front of each one of these treasures and riches, as Holy Spirit will lead you.
Amina… this little rosebud would have been aborted, but the Lord had another plan for her life! Her mother became pregnant with her while working in Turkey. Currently she is leaving Amina with her grandmother for 4-6 months each time she goes working in Turkey. We believe Father God’s will is for this whole family to be saved. We believe He is able to provide a job for Amina’s mother close by so that she will be able to take care of her family.
Vasia… this little gypsy boy with his little sister were dropped off at their grandmother who in turn left them at Reni’s local hospital. Our congregation “adopted” them (Father God’s heart is all about “adoption”! The unloved, abandoned, orphaned…) We are in the middle of the bureaucratic process of having them issued with birth certificates en judicial status before the can be officially allocated to an adopting family. We believe Father God has complete healing for them in store: a hope and a future!
Nastia and Julia are two sisters. They also have two brothers, Petya and Tolik. Their daddy died and their mother is disabled and unemployed. This widow and little orphans are in need of father’s care and mercy.
Petya was sent to an orphanage for the past 3 years because his mother could not take care of all her children. We undertook to change all of this – with God’s help! Please pray for all these children and the pain that is so real and visible. Their mother also took in her young sister with 3 little children.
Karolina is disabled from birth when she suffered an oxygen shortage. Her daddy left them. Her brother is called Maxim. Please pray for them as well as for their mother, Tanya, who has difficulty to forgive their father.
Jorra is growing up without a father. His father was violent and left them a couple of years ago. His mother is working abroad for extended periods of time.
Vika has cerebral palsy. She is looked after by her mother, Ira. She is a little ray of sunshine, always smiling. Sasha is her brother. They do not have a daddy and mommy is also unemployed.
Daniel (7) is growing up in a house where there’s alcohol abuse and fight. Police intervention is sometimes required.
The family Glushenko was our very first “adoptive family” for little abandoned children. Edik was found in a box. Tolik was taken form an Izmail orphanage. Sasha, Bogdan and Vera were all left at Reni’s maternity ward after birth.
Olga and Nastia’s daddy does not know the Lord yet, but he also attended the camp en he does want to change his life!
Kristina is our singing and dancing little gypsy who was abandoned by her family, but adopted by our heavenly Father!
Her little sister, Katja (18 months) was pacified with wine till she ended up in hospital. Mommy Sveta is keeping her close.
Denis is a highly traumatized and hyper-active little boy yearning for love and acceptance. He and his little sister, Vika are being raised by their single mom. He was abused by his father before he left them, while Vika’s father was murdered.
Mark and Luba have two older sisters and they are as a matter of fact growing up in the congregation. They have an aggressive father who does not serve the Lord.
Sasha was “found” and nobody knows his exact age. He is in the process of healing and growing up to become the person father God planned him to be!
Serioge lives with his mother and two sisters. Their father left the house not long ago and their mom is emotionally unstable. He is a scared little boy.
Bogdan has been in our care for almost a year now while the bureaucratic processes continue before he can be united with his new mommy and daddy in the city of Korosten. They are both children of God as well.
Nastia, Jorra and Vlada are 3 of 8 children.Their dad is almost every day drunk with lots of domestic violence as a result. They are being raised in our house and in the congregation.
Dima and Maxim are two young brothers who once were lost - unwanted and unloved. Now they have been received with so much love into a family of their very own and the road to healing and abundant life has begun!
Two of the young mothers at the camp. Alena – she needs work in Reni so that she can be close to her children and part of their lives. Alesia needs to meet the living Lord!
These two men came forward this Sunday to meet the Lord. Dima (right) was busy hanging himself when Misha (left) convinced him to go with him to the church meeting. Both of them have an alcohol problem, but in Father’s eyes they are treasures which gold or silver can never be enough to redeem with – only the precious blood of Jesus Christ!
Thank you Father that you value us as treasures. Thank you that you reveal to us where the treasures were hidden in the dark by the enemy so that they may be brought into the light! May every single treasure shine brightly for the glory of Jesus! Amen!