Thursday, July 22, 2010
My Prayer for Ihar on his birthday:
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May He make His face to shine upon you,
And may you know He made you speical and
He loves you with an everlasting love.
May you draw near to Him as He whispers His
love to you. His strength is your strength.
He hears your every prayer. God Bless.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
This week we had the honor of taking care of Anya Atroshkina. She is an ABRO kid from Belarus. She is also Liza's sister and 3rd child of Anzhelika and Sergei Atroshkin (my host family in Belarus). She is great friends with my Ihar. We have so enjoyed her visit with us! Every child is a precious gift and we thank Him for moments He gives us!
Anya enjoys swimming, horses, playing, drawing and eating! We had great fun! We called Belarus and talked with Liza and Ihar. We went up to visit Anya's brother who is with a host family in Pilot Mtn. Today Anya goes back with her American host family. Thanks Lynn and Steve for sharing Anya with us!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Did these reponses come as any surprise to our Lord? No. Do we need to give up? No. Is God Unfair? No.
He reminded me that "He is the father to the fatherless", "that He hears us when we call out to Him", "His way is perfect", "He rules over the nations", "God is seated on his holy throne", "He will watch over Ihar's comings and goings", "not to swerve to the right or the left", "let my eyes look straight ahead". "guard my heart"....and "The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases" (Proverbs 21:1)
What promises! And He Always Keeps His Word! So, we will respond to the Minister of Education and will continue to keep asking, trusting God in His perfect timing for our request to be answered. In the meantime, we are preparing our hearts for what God wants to accomplish in us.
We appreciate any prayers lifted up on behalf of Ihar and his student visa. We love you. We serve a God who is more than able to meet any need or request.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We receieved a letter in the mail from Ihar yesterday, March 19. Please pray for our son. We do not know at this point where he is. I am going to try to get in touch with someone this week to see how Ihar is doing and if he is still at the Cadet School. Our battle for his life must be fought by the Word of Truth. Will you join us in prayer? This is the letter.
Hello, mama and dad.
How are you? Everything is bad for me, but not all, most of it is bad. I want to be kicked out. I can not finish the things that I have started. Every where there is a problem waiting for me from the people around me. When you see them you will think they are well behaved and good, but if you are with them you can feel that they are different.
They put so much pressure on me so much. I want to give a note to the school saying that I want to drop out. For me it’s enough. I have no more patience for the situation.
I don’t study as good. I got in a fight with someone, February 22nd, 2010. I have a lot of big problems now.
I have no more news.
Excuse me for writing only bad things. I am not sure that I can have anything good in my life.
Anyway I love you guys the most.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
The videos above were taken by Ihar. He loves electronics like kids everywhere. His job while we visited the orphanages was to take pictures and videos!
Some things I found interesting while in the land of Belarus:
We took the Atroshkin family shopping again at the Hippo Store. They asked me if I had Belarussian money or did I have the "plastic card" (which I used last year and they found fascinating). We bought 4 boxes of cereal this year and milk along with chips and cokes. So for breakfast the next morning we got cereal (much to my delight). But I didn't relize they heated up the milk they used to put in our cereal. So we had cocoa puffs with hot milk. A little strange but maybe some of you do this here?!
Belarus used to be the Industrial part of the Greater Soviet Republic, so practically everything was and is made in Belarus. Because Belarus is so small, they don't need most of the factories as they operate on a much smaller scale. There are no natural resources in Belarus so all oil, etc. must come from Russia. There are huge pipe lines that run across the crounty that bring it in.
When they cook, they cook very large portions and you eat it until it runs out. They do not have specific food for b'fast, lunch and supper. So you may have mashed potatos and pickles or you also may have "porridge" for b'fast (which we had both). I like mashed potatos and pickles!
They don't have enough refrigerator space, so all leftovers stay on their serving plates and get put out on the balcony. It's cold enough so this works, they just don't use foil or plastic wrap to cover it up.
Belarus lost half of it's population in WWII.
I constantly stayed amused by Rommy and Jeff George (another American who came on the trip who hosted the Atroshkin's younger daugther, Angelina this past summer). They kept looking out the window saying "we're in here, and Belarus is right out there"! Yes, this is how I felt last year when I was by myself and no other English speaking person to talk with. The family wouldn't let you go out alone without someone with us.
This year I wasn't searched by policemen with the exception of New Years Eve night...only I was smart enough not to bring a purse or back pack with me when we went out!! Anzhelika got detained as they searched her.
Anyone want some Chai? That was the constant question more times than I could count each day! And most days, it wasn't asked, just fixed and put in front of me...and did I mention candies, candies, candies, everyday all day long! And who brushes their teeth in Belarus? I even took very colorful toothbrushes for the Atroshkins and Ihar and I think I saw them used once.
Popcorn in Belaurs doesn't have butter or salt. It's a little more like carmel popcorn but not nearly so much carmel. It smells like funnel cakes at a fair. It's actually really good!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Orphans at Cherikov Shelter
Orhpans at Ryasno Orphanage
Medical Clinic at Cherikov
Presentation of Medical Supplies
The Year of The Tiger