By now you know that the plight of Ukrainian orphans is very real, and many of them will face a very difficult life of abuse, imprisonment, or human trafficking. We are able to minster to a small fraction of such disadvantaged children, but we pray that the Lord uses our ministry to make a spiritual difference with those whom our God has allowed to help.
We strive to bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ, love them, and teach them practical principles for daily living. And on occasion, we are encouraged by those few who truly turn their lives around. Karina, who is the focus of this prayer letter, is one of those blessed few who has been able to overcome her past and propel herself toward a bright future. Below is a small glimpse into her life. I hope you enjoy her testimony of success.
Sometimes There is Success
Hello, my name is Karina. I was born in a very troubled single parent home. My father abandoned me at an early age and my mother, who raised me for the first seven years of my life was an abusive alcoholic, who attempted to drown her troubles with liquor. There was such despair and neglect that the Ukrainian government took me away and placed me in an orphanage at a very impressionable age. I have lived in an orphan for ten years now, and I am currently seventeen years old.
Over the years, I knew that the only way I was going to overcome my situation, is if I succeeded in school. Therefore, I completed my high school education and I have enrolled in college to become a fashion designer. I still live in the orphanage while I go to college, because everyone is like family to me, it is safe, secure, and it helps me to save money too. I am hoping to live a normal and happy life going forward.
Over the years, many loving Christian people have helped me heal and grow, and I am so thankful for everybody’s involvement; I feel so blessed! Some of these people are from Slavic Christian Ministries. They have been very faithful friends of mine, who have taught me so much about the Bible, helped me understand how to live for God, and that I have a special purpose in life.
I believe that there are so many unhealthy things vying for my attention that I am grateful that SCM and others loving Christians have shown me the proper way to live. I am delighted to report that I have found a local Christian church, was baptized, and have become a member of the worship team. By the way, I enjoy playing the piano!
I also feel blessed that God placed a group of Christian students around me at my college. There are not many Christians in my culture, so I see God blessing me here too. Thank you for helping me in life; I know that with God’s help, I will make it! I want to give a heart-felt thank you to everyone in America for helping me know Jesus and by making my life more enriching. I am a more sincere, dedicated, and mature Christian because of your help. Thank you!
- Love, Karina
As you can see, Karina is a lovely girl. It is true that we have helped her, but I believe many people invested in her, God has watched over her, and she had the internal fortitude to succeed. Karina may have had a rough beginning; she may carry some scars from her childhood, but she is free in Christ. John 8:36 is very apropos here, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” And we already know from Scripture that God has a heart for orphans (James 1:27). Clearly, our Lord Jesus loves Karina! Please keep her in your prayers that she will run the good Christian race and make it to the end!