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Maria at Father’s House Orphanage

 

You probably know that we minister in many different locations with our various outreaches of theology courses, medical outreaches, and orphanage ministry. Father’s House orphanage is one of the many locations where we minister. With the Lord’s favor, we have been ministering at this orphanage for six years, but the number of children residing here has diminished dramatically because of governmental crackdown on this Christian orphanage. Some orphans graduated and some were adopted, but the government hasn’t placed any new kids here because they are a private Christian institution who has had to engage in legal battles for years to protect their kids.

We remain faithful to this orphanage, because they are now beginning to implement a new vision and recreate themselves from an orphanage to an “orphan transition house,” where orphans will receive help, encouragement, and training, so they can successfully reenter society, instead of going back to a life of desperation that would place them back on the streets and a life of crime.

Our role is very simple: we come and minister to the kids through personal interaction and Bible studies. Every time our team visits, these children are always so happy to see us, participate in our classes, read their Bible, do homework, and play games with us.

I would like to share with you about a girl named Masha (Mary in English). She has lived at this home with her siblings for a number of years. These children were brought to Father’s House orphanage because her parents were severe alcoholics. Unfortunately, after the children were placed in the orphanage, both parents died of alcoholism.

While we were ministering to Masha, she accepted Jesus Christ in her heart as Lord and Savior. It has been a delight watching her grow in her faith, even as a child! Recently Mary has shared with us this about herself:

“Every class brings something new to me, and I am excited because my heart continues to open. In the past, I heard some things about God, but I never paid too much attention to what was being said. But your classes have opened up my heart in newfound ways.

For example, last Christmas we were talking about the meaning of Christmas, but I didn’t know the meaning of Christmas. I never knew that Christmas was about Jesus. I always thought it was just about a Christmas tree and presents, not about my Savior Jesus! And it was during our celebration that my heart fully opened, I was born again, and I was filled with even more amazing joy.

I know I am a kid, but these Bible studies are helping me choose the right path for life and as a Christian. Recently, my faith was tested: date a non-Christian and go the way of the world, or follow the Bible. I chose God’s way for my life. It was a hard decision for me, but the right one. Thank you for showing me where I am supposed to go and the way to live!”

- Masha

You can see how our Lord has saved and encourages Masha (and others like her). She is clearly trying to please the Lord in every way possible. Proverbs 22:6 is quite true, “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Thank you for continuing to pray for these beautiful children. We thank God for you and are please that you have joined us on this adventure! We are still down about 70% in our monthly donations, so please considering help out, if you are not yet – not many have stepped up since our last request.

In Jesus’ love,

Ron Putnam

Ronald David Putnam

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