Let the Little Children Come to Me
,West-Russian Union ADRA director
If you ask anyone what special days come in December, many people would answer that it’s New Year’s celebration and Christmas. For a majority of people, especially children, it is a time of dreaming and expecting a miracle. And probably there is no child that would not wait for a present of these days. For many ADRA has brought miracles to orphanages, shelters, low income families, rehabilitation centers, and correctional schools.
This year, ADRA-supported Christmas programs took place in many regions of Russia and in Armenia. The total number of kids who attended the programs was more than 3,000.
It was so nice to see smiling children at “Royka” sanatorium located not far from Nizhny Novgorod. These smiles were especially dear to us, because these children do not have much to be happy about. They they have a terrible disease – tuberculosis.
In a far away Khakasiya and Tyva republics Christmas program fulfilled dreams of 200 children from needy families. Youth from Abakan Adventist church prepared a performance and wonderful presents for the children. Small children actively participated in the program and sang along with the youth. A puppet show about the birth of Jesus Christ touched many hearts. Savior’s birth children and adults sincerely empathized all the events.
For children from Zaoksky village, Tula, and Tula region orphanages, Christmas meetings have become a longstanding tradition thanks to the students and staff of Zaoksky Theological Seminary. This year some 2,500 children from nearby villages and towns attended the program at Zaoksky Adventist University.
In the Republic of Karelia 200 disabled children and kids from needy families took part in the program.
The Christmas program in Armenia was not only special for 200 kids attending: it also marked the first service project for newly-appointed ADRA director Alexander Slesarchiuk.
Christmas programs have become a big blessing for all the participants, providing an opportunity to tell children and their parents about the Savior. Whether involving Simple or more elaborate presentations, above alla these programs were filled with love and sincerity.
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