Dear American Friends,
During the Christmas holiday, you may be aware that we always try to visit orphanages with a special Christmas program. Our goal is to show them the love of God, teach them the miracle of the Christmas story, and offer an opportunity to invite Jesus in their hearts.
We usually engage in a theatrical performance using Slavic Christian Ministry staff and volunteers from the local churches around Kharkov. To make it more joyful, we try to incorporate the children so they are active participants in the play, and not just passive spectators.
The younger kids had fun as we role played and they would follow the star like the Wisemen, visit the king’s palace, worship at the manger, and worship the baby Jesus.
Not only do they enjoy participating, they intently listen to the gospel message. Then after we give an opportunity to accept Jesus as their Lord, we have a party where we play games and have several competitions. At the end of our program every one of them received a present.
We are pretty sure that the kids will remember this Christmas celebration for a long time. Please, pray that joy of Christmas (and Jesus) would always remain in their hearts! I want to thank all of Slavic Christian Ministries’ supporters over the years. I will be leaving the ministry because I am getting married to a pastor within the state of Kiev, which is five hours away by car. I thank God for the ability to share Christ’s love with so many children. God bless you all very much!
- Lena Kutavaya, SCM orphanage worker
Dear friends, we love Lena very much, and she will be dearly missed by all of us. Next month, I will introduce the new Christian lady that we hired to take Lena’s place. We continue to invest in these children’s lives because we know that our Lord loves children, especially the orphans. James writes in his epistle, “The r eligion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress …” (James 1:27).