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This is Almants. He is part of a family of eleven children. They live in a rundown, ugly, former movie theatre in one of the remote areas of Riga. The building is so rotten and old that when they went in as a family to live there no one really cared. This is one of the buildings in which you really pray that the roof will not collapse while you are inside. A terrible place. However the family stuck together. Two of the older boys developed mid-stage schizophrenia. Most of the other kids have asthma and other illnesses. Government allowance [...]
That's a great quote of Mother Teresa “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, [...]
Here is our little Nica. Meet Veronika: a child abandoned by an alcoholic mother she barely knew and left in the care of her ailing grandmother. Maternal love was an alien feeling for her. She often felt worthless and a burden to everyone;that no one cared or loved her. She was six years old when her grandmother started bringing her to the church for feeding. She was such a pretty girl. We would lovingly call her a ‘talking doll’. Her grandmother made use of Nica to acquire food, clothing and anything else on offer. When Nica was seven, her grandmother died and she was taken in by theelderly neighbors. A week later Nica’s mother, Tatiana, ended [...]
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan Thank you very much for extending your generous love towards those in need. Your seed of help truly make a difference.
We trust you are well and enjoying God’s rich blessings at this time. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support for me during my recent ministry to the Military, Air Force, National Guard and Military Police in Latvia last week. I also checked on two of the remote orphanages which we have the privilege to support. This time I had an Australian friend with me named Craig Soll who ministered in the prisons and to the poor and homeless people. Also accompanying me were Dennis and Ann Outred from Sydney, who ministered to the Churches and conducted Marriage [...]
David Smethurst interviewed at New Citychurch in Williamsport, PA by Pastor Larry Stout
This is Almonds. He is part of a family of eleven children. They live in the rundown, ugly, old former movie theater in one of the remote areas of Riga. The building is so rotten and old that when they went in as a Family to live no one really cared. This is one of the building when you get in you are really praying that the roof would not collapse while you are inside. Totally terrible place. However the Family had stuck together and the love one another. Two of the older boys had develop mid-stage schizophrenia. Most of [...]
From my manager, Oleg Vasilchuk in Odessa (Where we support 10 Orphanages, the Homeless Children’s Centre, a Youth Sports Club and the New Church Oleg pioneered 3 years ago for the street kids) Political conflicts are the nightmare to begin with, but political conflicts of Ukraine scale are far worse than any of the nightmares. We have gone through some of the darkest and hardest times - times of brutal violence and devastating pain. Yet we fear that it is not yet over, we do foresee more hardships ahead. Over hundred people were killed already by the government forces, most [...]
This wonderful news came in from my manager, Viktor, in Zhitomir - 150kms west of Kiev. “We prepared for the Christmas gift project this year to provide gifts for more than 400 orphans and street children in Zhitomir and the surrounding towns. After that we took Christmas gifts to the sick children and orphans as well as the children at the Street Kids Centre and children of 20 poor families around us. The children each received gifts of sweets and toys. Since some of the street children were sick we had to meet with them separately from the other children [...]