Natasha and Lena introduce graduates at Sjasstroj: their needs... medicine, shoes, and Christian love and fellowship

Natasha and Lena with graduates in Sjasstroj

Several of our graduates  went to live and study in the town Sjasstroj, and we decided to continue their support. 

During our first visit we met 20 orphans from that college – young boys and girls without relatives in whose eyes we saw  just one question – will you come again or will you forget us as many did? 

They start their own life, and the life is not easy. They need  someone  to help to  take right decisions, to learn to go to the church where they can find answer to their questions all lifelong.  

So, I want to introduce you to our new graduates project – Sjasstroj College. 

Their needs are soap and shampoos, medicines and snacks, new shoes and coats. 

Their big need is Christian fellowship which we want  to bring them, with God’s will and your support!

--Natasha Kirillova

LifeLine Missions team from USA visits to Luga orphanage: new friends and unforgettable memories!

Karen Jones with Luga children and team from USA

Luga children were privileged to host a group from USA for a long week-end! Karen Jones along with Lifeline Missions ministered to the orphans and children from dysfunctional families. 

Steve from USA with Luga boys
They 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 2015 to visit Russian orphanages and baby houses.  Next trip at the end of March. Learn more here: .

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Have a friend or loved one who has not accepted God's plan for salvation?  Will you consider giving them or letting me send them a free copy of my recently published book, HOPSCOTCH?

I'll provide the free paper cover book (retail $10) if you will pay the postage ($3).

You can have the book sent to you... and hand or mail the book personally to your friend or loved one.  Or, if you wish, I will send the book directly to your friend or loved one... just be sure to include their address when you donate $3 to pay for the postage.

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You may also, if you wish, send a check to Big Family Mission, 83 Boy Scout Rd., Kutztown, PA, to receive your free copy.

If you are a Christian, you know how God has made his plan of salvation so simple that even little children can understand it.  In a world that is so full of information, it has always amazed me that most people who are not in God's family have no idea how they can "get in" to heaven.

In HOPSCOTCH, little Myra lays out the good news of the gospel as a very logical and easy-to-understand hopscotch game.

If you have interest in buying copies of the book, you can find more information on Amazon here:  Hopscotch on Amazon .

Hopscotch is a little book about LIFE, about life after DEATH, and about BELIEFS. Although Hopscotch takes on the appearance of a children’s book, it is very much a book for every citizen of planet earth. 

Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to spread the good news of the gospel.  I have a limited supply of the free copies of the book available.

-- Ken Dockery, volunteer and co-founder,  Big Family Mission
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Jumping from LIFE to DEATH: Where is the HOPSCOTCH of life taking you?

 In HOPSCOTCH, Myra tells her friend Michael, in a simple, child-like manner, how anyone on planet earth can get to heaven.  
If you are a Christian, you know how God has made his plan of salvation so simple that even little children can understand it.  In a world that is so full of information, it has always amazed me that most people who are not in God's family have no idea how they can "get in" to heaven.

If you have a friend or loved one who has not accepted God's plan for salvation, consider giving him or her a copy of this book.

Myra lays out the good news of the gospel as a very logical and easy-to-understand hopscotch game.

Although this book is available on Kindle for only 99 cents, it is probably more effective as an evangelism tool if you buy a copy of the paperback to give to your loved one or friend.

You can find more information about buying the book on Amazon here:  Hopscotch on Amazon .

Hopscotch is a little book about LIFE, about life after DEATH, and about BELIEFS. Although Hopscotch takes on the appearance of a children’s book, it is very much a book for every citizen of planet earth. 

Where is the hopscotch of life taking you? One thing is for certain: all of us will someday be jumping from the LIFE box of “hopscotch” into the DEATH box. 

When we take that jump, what happens? Does it matter what you and I believe? 

In Hopscotch, Myra lays out, in child-like fashion, the logical argument that what you and I believe is critical for deciding what happens to us when we go from LIFE into DEATH. 

What happens to you and to me after we die? Just ask Myra!

-- Ken Dockery

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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.
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 2014… 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.

Help! To "go into all the world" you've got to have WHEELS! Pothole "ambushes" Russian orphan ministry volunteer. Can you help?

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Host an orphan from Latvia or Ukraine summer 2014

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Quick facts about the orphan hosting program:
  • Not an adoption program, but many of the Latvian and Ukrainian orphans who come to the United States can be and will be adopted by families they meet during visit;
  • Families who host may be interested in adoption, but are under no obligation to adopt a child who is hosted.  
  • Latvian orphans and Ukrainian orphans, ages 5 years to 15, will live with host families for about 4 weeks, beginning late June, exact dates to be announced.
  • Hosting husband and wife must be of the Christian faith and attending a church. (Single mothers may also host.)
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Call to Love

By Marla Summers

In sixth grade Sunday school, I learned about the Millennium, the thousand year period when Christ will rule on earth in the final days. Something about this has always fascinated me, and I often catch myself wondering what the world will look like then. What will His government be like? How will he confront the needs and problems of the masses? And then there was one more question that would soon spark a great thought within my mind: What would the world’s orphanages look like?


It is not news that Jesus loved the poor, the alone, and the forgotten. The truly amazing part is how. Not only was our Savior always going places, but he was in constant interaction with people. In Mark 2, Christ enters a house in Capernaum and huge crowds gather and there was no longer any room. Later in the chapter, he goes to the sea and is pursued by “many tax collectors and sinners” who proceed to share a meal with Him. When Christ stepped out of the boat in Mark 5:2, “immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.” Not necessarily the person you want to meet when setting foot on land. After sending the demons away from the man, Jesus was back in the boat and crossing over to the other side of the sea where “a great multitude gathered to Him” and He began to do miracles among them once again.

So what’s the point? Christ was intentionally open to people, not the popular or the famous, but the regular people. People that were hurting. People that were tired. People that might never have the chance to return the favor.

In fact, He did that very thing for you as well.

Oftentimes, we feel that adoption is only the dream of orphans. Yet according to the Bible, it is the dream of us all. While we were poor, enemies, and sinners before God, He opened His family up to us.  1 John 3:1 puts it this way: “Behold what manner
of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” It is in this very manner that Christ now calls us to intentionally open up our lives to “the least of these” to feed, share, and nurture them much as He did toward us.

So how are you living out this calling? Maybe it means stepping out of your comfort zone and making an effort to love someone you wouldn’t normally associate with. Maybe it means giving your time to volunteer, or maybe joining a ministry that allows you to use your gifts in a way you wouldn’t have otherwise expected. If perhaps you have not stepped out to intentionally love on one of God’s children, Big Family Mission has some great needs this year you might prayerfully consider supporting such as funding a Russian orphan’s stay at a Christian  summer camp, sending an orphan a card for Valentine's Day, or opening your home to orphan for the summer.

The Millennium may still be many lifetimes away, but I believe that dream may not be. For if I were to return to the question, “What will orphanages look like in the years to come?” the answer and that reality might just be up to you.



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Let us not forget the Russian orphans who didn't get adopted.  How you can help here.

Thank you, Lord, for volunteers who teach God's word to orphans!

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Help for Children & Grace Center: blessing God’s special children in Russia

“We see that if we give children in need the whole world, but their soul will not be saved, it will not do any good for them.” …Natasha Kirillova

By Marla Summers, Big Family Mission Volunteer
Help for Children operates in the St. Petersburg area of Russia with the goal of preventing social orphan hood, while nurturing the mothers and children already affected by it. A social orphan is defined as a child who has at least one living parent, but is forced to live in an institution because the parent or parents have lost or given up their right to care for the child. This epidemic is largely fueled by the alcoholism and drug abuse.

Girls at Jukki Orphanage Home
Help for Children reaches out to children in government-funded orphanages such as those at Gatchina, Jukki, Luga, and Tomlachevo, and takes a preventive stance at Grace Center.  Grace Center is dedicated to supporting young and hurting mothers who want to keep their children out of the orphanage system.

Since its beginnings in 1994, Grace Center, located in St. Petersburg, has been reaching young Russian mothers with a success rate of 96% of prevented abandonment of children among its focus group, graduates from government-run orphanages.

Grace Center provides an apartment in which up to four families (mother and child or children) can stay without expense. According to Natasha Kirillova, Help for Children ministry leader, each mother living at Grace Center “gets the knowledge of life in the family, learns to take care of her child, and gets encouragement in how to overcome the future difficulties.”

Train up young mothers and introduce them to God

The facility is partially supported by the local church, Novodevichj Covenant. The vision of Grace Center is to train up these young women and introduce them to a relationship with God, where, as said by Natasha, they will “learn to ask for strength and help when we are not near.” All graduates of Grace Center are have successfully begun their work and studies, equipping them and their children for a brighter future.

Uliana with her daughter
Uliana was one of the women nearest to the hearts of those working at Grace Center. According to Big Family Mission (partner of Help for Children) leader Ken Dockery, “We first met Uliana when she was nine years old and an orphan at the Kommunar Internat School.” At age sixteen, the young woman became pregnant and dropped out of the Jukki orphanage school. Thanks to a dedicated Big Family sponsor who had been supporting her and praying for her over the years, Uliana was able to stay at Grace Center and, thanks to the volunteers, decided not to have an abortion. Now she has a baby girl named Alina.  Alina’s father married Uliana, and she participates in the program for young mothers at Grace Center.

Along with working to meet the physical needs of mothers such as Uliana, Grace Center provides women with the tools they need to raise their children to be grounded in the gospel. As well as offering personal counseling to pregnant mothers, joint meetings are held to support families and graduates of the Grace program. While each family has a very individual “plan of assistance” says Natasha, they also attend seminars together with topics ranging from child development to motherhood. The families are regularly visited, for according to Natasha, this helps the ministry to get a look into their lives and “attract sponsors for the material support of the family, if necessary.”

Reaching out to orphans in government-run orphanages

Lessons of family values and Christian morality are not limited to the ministry at Grace. Through Natasha Kirillova, Help for Children also reaches out to children living in government-run orphanages at Luga, Jukki, Gatchina, and Tomlachevo. While Grace Center assists mothers and prevents their children from ending up at such orphanages, a huge focus of Big Family Mission is reaching children that have already entered the system. Lessons are given during visits with the children on topics selected monthly such as “Purity”, “Kindness”, and “What Is a Family?”, lessons which fall upon the eager ears of orphans who need to hear them the most.
Luga children during visit to ostrich farm
The Christian volunteers also spend time with the children outside the confining walls of the orphanage.  “It’s important to arrange trips and visit children at the orphanage so our children will not feel forgotten,” said Natasha. Upon discovering an Ostrich farm not far from Luga that the children had never visited, volunteers arranged a trip. What delighted the children most were not the ostriches, but the domestic ducks and geese they had never witnessed before in their lives. “When we asked the Luga children what would be interesting for them to do during the summer, they all wanted to have a picnic,” recalls Natasha.  So after the tour had ended, they all went over to a lake to eat, swim, and play games.
“When it was time for the children to go back to their orphanage,” said Natasha, “they said, ‘Thank you for arranging this day for us. It’s so boring for us to stay at the orphanage!”
The volunteers who had continually sacrificed their time for the children promised they would return, knowing that their efforts were truly bringing joy to these young lives.

Providing a refuge during the critical summer months

Girls learning how to cook at Bolshevo
Most orphans have few opportunities to travel outside their institutions during the summer is often a tough time for Russian orphans. The ones that aren’t fortunate enough to spend the months with relatives often end up in government-run camps unsupervised and experiencing drugs and alcohol. In contrast, Help for Children has been working to brighten up the lives of the through a summer camp in Bolshevo about 40 miles from St. Petersburg, described by Natasha as a “wonderful opportunity for the children we help support.  The children are supervised and taught valuable lessons in cooking, cleaning, gardening, and ending their days with swimming and playing in the fresh air. Many of the children lack the stability created by the activity and fellowship fostered at Bolshevo.”
Along with the children, the mothers from Grace Center also enjoy the stay at Bolshevo. The women who are unable to stay the full three months are able to keep working and be able to provide their children with economical and supervised summer camp. The ones that do stay are blessed with personal and group counseling along with practical lessons such as cooking. Those who desire can also go through the course of smoking rehabilitation. The ministry of Help for Children has allowed the children and mothers alike to be able to “experience the light and love of Christ in these summer camps,” according to Natasha.

Finding themselves by serving others

Luga children and volunteers at church camp
Oftentimes children in orphanages or at Grace Center don’t believe that anyone needs their help. Together with organizations in Luga and St. Petersburg, hospitals, nursing homes, and animal shelters, Help for Children has arranged for orphan children to get involved in helping others. This project is viewed as important, for the ministry in Russia has shown time and time again that serving someone else is the best way to prevent future dependence. Help for Children encourages the children to not only experience the “light and love of Christ” but to live it out and share it with others. They discussed with the volunteers what Christian love and kindness looked like, and they loved this idea of helping their neighbor. When the mothers at Grace Center were met with similar discussion, according to Natasha, “All of them shared that they didn't experience much kindness towards them in their life. We discussed what will be the right answer in that case, and prayed that God will give us all possibility to forgive.”
Through the years of the partnership between Help for Children and Big Family Mission, the ultimate focus of the ministry is the saving of souls. Each project has the goal of bringing individual hearts closer to the Lord. At Help for Children, the full weight of this responsibility is felt and volunteers strive to plant “seeds of faith” in the hearts and lives of the children and orphanage graduates. As the few Christians that their focus group will likely ever encounter, this ministry is at the forefront of the mission for Russia and approaches the orphan situation in a unique way.

This beautiful ministry built through sacrifice, dedication, and generous sponsorship all boils down to one clear mission. Natasha put it this way: “We see that if we give children in need the whole world, but their soul will not be saved, it will not do any good for them.” 

How can you help Natasha and her team?  Learn more here:  Help for Children.