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SJASSTROJ VISIT (report by Natasha Kirillova)
     We invite you to see several pictures from our last trip to Sjjastroj, where we have children from different orphanages who study to get a profession and live at the hostel.     

At the meeting we talked about the “dream” and what you can do to make your dream come true. We encouraged children to make big goals in life and move towards your goal no matter what past you have! Orphans have the same dreams as many children of their age – to have a good job, to buy a car. 
     But their biggest dream is to have a better life than their parents had.
     We used the video of Nick Vuichich as an example of God’s plan in the life of a person. Children have never heard about this brave man and got very encouraged by his message!
     Many children in Sjasstroj we know from last year, but we have a lot of new children too. The whole group got presents at the end of our meeting – the necessary things for their everyday life; shoes, clothes, and snacks. 
     The Luga graduates didn’t want to let us go, so we spent some time at their hostel and we were happy to see that their conditions are slowly changing for better – in few rooms repairs were made during the summer time.
     Children send their love to each one of you and are ready for the new school year meetings with us!

Thank you for helping orphans’ 
dreams come true! 

     Orphans from Siversky for a long time had a dream to have a new guitar to be able to learn to play.  Their teacher of music is a pastor of small local church. Thank you for providing money for the new guitar! Let it be used for the glory of God!

     Stas, pastor of the church, writes:

     “My family, church and children from the orphanage are thankful from all our heart for the new instrument! After we received the money, we went  to the store and with great pleasure chose and bought the guitar that we needed so much.  
     Thank you so much from all of us for this big income into talents development and ministry to the Lord! May God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ.       
     You are welcome to visit us, we are praying for you, and here I enclose few pictures of Siversky children.” 

May God bless you for all you are doing for the orphans!

Learn more about how you can get involved with ministry to Russian orphans here: Help for Children & Big Family Mission. 

40 orphans hope to attend summer church camp this year: would you like to help? Rescue one child!

By Marla Summers, Big Family Mission Volunteer

Your donation of $50 to sponsor a Russian orphan at church camp can change a child's life forever! Thank you for considering an investment into the life of one of God's special children!

This year, the New Generation Church at Gatchina has the wonderful opportunity to provide a church camp for 40 children from a Russian orphanage.  Nadya Stagneeva and her team at the church are asking for donations to provide food for the children during the camp.  Your donation of just $50 provides food for one child for the entire camp!!!

Here's a description of some of the past church camps... your donation of just $50 can change the life of one orphan FOREVER!!!


Last year, eleven children from Luga orphanage spent two weeks at a summer camp run by New Generation Church at Gatchina, located just south of Petersburg, Russia. According to Natasha Kirillova, director of Help for Children, the camp was a, “special time for the orphans to feel God’s love and care.” The entire camp consisted of around 150 people, allowing the orphans to spend the weeks surrounded by other families and the love poured on them by the adults, both experiences they never would have at Luga.

 The children played games with their new friends, made skits, went on boat rides, learned to bake cakes, went swimming, and competed in art and sport competitions. For the good-bye party at the end of the week, camp leaders went into town and purchased pretty new clothes for the children, who were completely amazed that they could take their new outfits home with them to the orphanage.

Some of the children, especially the older girls, were very closed to people at first. Yet by the end of their stay, no one wanted to leave. One boy said that he had never met so many kind people in his life.

Every day the children went to two services to worship and pray together with the other families.  Natasha considers that the most exciting part of all the camps was “to see how children grow in the knowledge of the Lord.” Two boys from Luga, Denis and Anton, were baptized during the course of the camp.

This year, more children from Luga are looking for partners to sponsor them in attending the camp. They will be divided into small groups and be placed among the children from other families, which will be very beneficial for them as they will experience community in a healthy Christian atmosphere and build relationships with people outside their orphanage. They will be encouraged and loved upon by the caring adults staying at the camp with them.

Every day, there will be a worship meeting to foster spiritual growth and fellowship. Natasha views the time as “ice breaking for their souls.” At the end of the stay will be a final party including the performance of Christian skits.

 “Please pray for our meetings with all our children and graduates that we minister to,” says Natasha, “as we plan to have three large meetings with them before the end of school.” There will also be baptisms available for those who feel called.

If you think that God might have you do something meaningful with your money this summer, this
just may be the opportunity for you. Big Family is looking for partners to sponsor children from Luga in attending this camp, which makes an immense impact in the lives of these orphans.

Natasha is very grateful for those who donate for this project:  “Thank you for investing into the lives of children who are God’s special kids!”  She prays that God will bring miracles into the lives of the sponsors, just as He is doing through them in the lives of the children.

Just click on the GIVE button to donate to help 40 orphan children attend the summer church camp this summer.  A donation of $50 provides full sponsorship of one child.  Donations of any amount are most welcome!  Thank you for considering this investment into the lives of God's special children in Russia!

Join with Karen Jones for this summer's life-changing adventure: minister in Russian orphanages!

Karen Jones and team on a previous mission trip to visit Russian orphanages
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A few photos from a past mission trip with Karen...

Steve from USA with Luga boys
We participated in our family values lesson, shared about their life as a family, encouraged kids that no matter where their life started the future can be positive. 

All 4 days of their stay was full of interesting events – craft lesson where everybody made gifts to the children who are in the hospitals, outing to St. Petersburg when children played 4 hours in the amusement park, two wonderful days of week-end with Biblical stories, fellowship and soccer. Attention, care and love were so touching. 

New friends: Natasha, Luga, and Tanya, USA
Children found new friends, they had people who cared and listened to their problems, who accepted them the way they are! The four days became unforgettable. 

There was a lot of fun but a lot of tears when it was time to say good-bye!

Join Karen Jones and LifeLine Missions in 2016 to visit Russian orphanages and baby houses.  Next trip this summer. 

One valentine card can make the difference in one child's life this year

Some of the children who received their very first valentine last year!
     Will you join us in this project to send Light and Love to Russian orphans?
     Last year, many Russian orphans received their very first valentine... and knew that someone, somewhere in the world cared enough to mail them a valentine card.
     This is a great project for children in your family!  We will email you information on how and where to send your valentines.
     Please sign up today!

40 orphan children find "new life" at summer church camp in Russia!

We thank everyone who supported the Christian youth summer camp conducted by New Generation church (Gatchina). Nadya Stagneeva, the leader of orphans’ ministry and pastor’s wife writes:

We had a wonderful tent camp in Tolmachevo village this summer! We were 50, 40 children and 10 leaders. It was an honor for us to minister to orphans and children from families in need. The program was called “Freedom. Holiness. Ministry!” We spent a lot of time in prayer and worship. Children had a lot of fun during sport competitions and boat trips.

 The food was wonderful. Once children caught many fish, and we made a soup of it. In the evening girls went to the forest and found a lot of mushrooms – we had a delicious supper that day! The most favorite for dessert was pancakes that we cooked on the open fire!

Many of the orphans that we were able to ministry have very difficult life stories.

Alina’s mother was killed, and she saw it. She  is still very aggressive. She asked Jesus into her heart, met new friends at the camp and wants to attend the church!

Viktoria’s parents passed away because of drugs addiction. In the beginning she was very closed, but after the prayer, she was so much changed!

Kostya is a gypsy boy. His mother is in prison for selling drugs, and he has no father. But he has got two younger sisters, 5 and 7 years old. He is a kind boy, very helpful.

We hope to make tent camp next year again. This time we borrowed tents and kitchen equipment from another church, but we hope to buy everything needed for the tent camp next year.

We thank you for all your help and support that you have been making during all those years! Be blessed!”

May God bless everyone  for all you do for these children!

Natasha Kirillova

Bolshevo summer camp blessings and visit from Karen's team from USA!


We thank our  Lord for the wonderful opportunity to have a camp  for orphans and their families in Bolshevo village! This summer we are able to host about 40 members of our projects. 

Children were looking forward the whole year for that event and everyone sends their love and thank you for everyone who made this camp possible! 

Financial situation of all our project members is very hard - this year the camp became a place where their children can have enough healthy food, interesting program,  village life strengthened their health. During the year we mostly visit   children and families or they come for the joint meetings. 

Camp is the time when we live with them 24 hours a day, as one family, and try to set an example of the Christian family, to teach and motivate orphans for the valuable life. We’ve been doing camps like that for many years and some families became our helpers-volunteers.

It blesses us to see how grown up orphans who once received support, now come and help others! 

                              KAREN’S TEAM VISITS BOLSHEVO!

Most of everyday duties in the camp are being made by 3 leaders: shopping, transportation, cooking, supervision, arranging of the activities outside the camp. Two of the leaders, Lena and Svetlana, live at the camp full time. That’s why we are so thankful for each volunteer who help us in our ministry! Especially if these are our dear friends from USA!

This summer God has blessed us with a Karen Jones’ team visit. Ladies stayed at Bolshevo camp and ministered to  orphans and their families with kids. Thank you, Karen and the team, that you gave your heart, time and money  to help those who need it so much! 

Can't adopt Russian orphan? Why not “adopt” an entire orphanage?

Cake, candy, and special treats for the children at Luga orphanage.  Hot tea is favorite beverage of children in Russian orphanages.

    Yes, you can be an important part of Natasha's ministry team for one orphanage in Russia!  Partner with Help for Children, St. Petersburg, Russia, to take love, hope, friendship, and lots of hugs to children in state-run Russian orphanages.  

     First, we would be delighted if you will sign up for our monthly newsletter, featuring monthly reports from our Russian orphan ministry team.  Your interest and prayers will be a tremendous blessing for us and for the children!
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Natasha Kirillova with the girls at Jukki orphanage
  Our ministry teams are the only adult friends or family for many of the children.  These faithful volunteers need our financial help to:
  • Give children special treats like fruit, tea, and cake when they visit; 
  • Provide games, craft, and sports items for orphanages;
  • Supply special medicines and vitamins for children;
  • Celebrate children’s birthdays;
  • Give clothing items like socks and underwear.

   The need to help orphans in Russia is great:  over 3 million orphans and children at risk. Without help, an orphan’s future is bleak: prison, violent death, drugs, alcoholism, prostitution, suicide.

As a partner for the orphanage ministry team, you will receive:
  • News about the team you are partnering with (photos, etc.)
  • Information about the orphanage you are helping
  • Photos and occasional videos about the children and ministry to the children.
  • Information about how you can send cards, letters, small gifts to children if you wish.

We need your help in the year ahead… will you join with us?

You can start with a monthly donation of as little as $5.  A donation of just $15 per month provides full funding of ministry to one child.  If you decide to discontinue your partnership at any time, for any reason, you may do so. 

You can donate securely online or through the mail, using your credit card, debit card, bank transfer, or check.  Just click on the GO TO button to go to our donation page.

We are praying that YOU will join with us in 2014!

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