Vladimir Baby House
When we arrived in
Vladimir, we did a “drive-by” at the Vladimir Baby House. Santa made about
a 15 minute stop to deliver a beautiful little pram and baby doll. By
comparison, they are pretty well funded.
Train Station Kids
One of our favorite
“stops” in Vladimir is the “Train Station Kids”. This trip, we learned
Katya, the 16 year old girl, had left the home. Having reached her 16th
birthday, she wanted to strike out on her own. Of course, this news
saddened us greatly. A 16 year old girl doesn’t have a chance on the
street. Pray for Katya. Pray the boys will stay.
One of the house moms
got married. That leaves one, Natasha, to raise these two boys. Pray for
her. She is a young, beautiful woman who could choose any life she wants.
She has chosen the Lord, and to invest her life in children she did not
bear. Again, I say, pray for Natasha.
Treasures bought the
boys winter clothes, bought food, and paid their rent. A benefactor bought
them all new dinnerware…plates, cups, cutlery, and drinking glasses. Money
was provided for their Christmas dinner.
The government gives a
monthly budget for the kids’ upkeep, but nothing for Natasha. The Vine
Church pays her a small pittance, but no longer funds the kids. For some
reason, the government gave a large payment. Natasha, thinking it was an
increase, bought a small computer for the boys’ educational benefit.
Well, as they say, no
good deed goes unpunished. It turned out not to be an increase, rather,
it was a multi month payment. Natasha had used the grocery/rent money for
the computer. Her little salary went to feed the boys. She then had to
borrow the rent money from the church. But, how would she pay them back?
Donna, Stephanie, and I
did a quick huddle. There was enough money in the fund to pay her debt. We
had no reservation about whether this was the right thing to do. We know
Natasha. We know she is not reckless. She made a well intentioned,
innocent mistake. But, as T. D. Jakes says, “If money can solve your
problem, you don’t have a problem.” Natasha’s problem is no more. Well,
that one, at least.
We all like it when
someone helps us in time of need, but when a small gesture on your part
brings tears of joy to the eyes of another, well… would you have it any
Did I remember to say,
“We need more Natashas”?
Wanting the boys to see
what life could be like if they didn’t have a mom to care for them, we
brought them with us to Barskoe Gorodische Orphanage. All things
considered, they have life pretty good, they could certainly do worse.
It’s an important lesson for them to learn. The boys helped unload
the bikes and take them to the party.