Long ago, on this blog, I included a link to the Bible Orphan Ministry in Ukraine.
Do any of you remember?
About a thousand readers of this blog visited BOM’s blog after reading that post, and a few of them donated. As a result of their generosity the ministry received a helpful boost in financial support, which I talked about in this blog post.
A little more than a month ago now, our family was blessed to welcome a very special person into our home for one afternoon and evening!
Yes! This is really Alla Vasilieva of the Bible Orphan Ministry [this is their Facebook link] in Ukraine, sitting on our couch!
What a joy it was to finally meet Alla in person! Our family can bear witness to the fact that she is just as sweet-spirited in real life as she is in her emails and blog posts!
She visited us on her last full day in the States. Worn out and more than a little homesick, she was kind enough to show me hundreds of photos and tell me many more details and stories about BOM’s work with orphans in Ukraine. She was unfailingly patient with my many questions and the many interruptions that happen in the Musser household!
Since then, I’ve been eager for a chance to tell you more about Bible Orphan Ministry in the hopes that it can receive a wider base of support among God’s people. The need is so great, and they are able to do so much with so little!
All the staff of BOM are volunteers.
All of them grew up in Ukrainian state-run orphanages.
All of them now testify to the transforming power of Christ in their lives.
One of the things that struck me strongly while listening to Alla was how the BOM staff trust God for every penny, regularly seeing the exact provision come in just in the nick of time. The staff live very simply, and in the past even suffered malnourishment while helping the orphans they care about so dearly.
The Bible Orphan Ministry is a Ukrainian Christian ministry that reaches out to help those living in Ukrainian institutions for the disabled and young people who have grown up in state orphanages and are close to aging out or have aged out with next to no provisions or skills for the harsh realities of the world they face.
Most of Ukraine’s 100,000 orphans will never be adopted due to the shortage of willing and qualified adoptive families.
In BOM’s words…
“We share God’s love with the children and their educators through our weekly Bible classes held in the orphanage class rooms. We currently work in 10 orphanages encompassing 1000 children.”
“We lead by example, living a Christ-centered, prayer-sustained life providing witness to the [life-]changing power and glory of God.”
“As the Lord provides, we assist the orphanages with the material needs of the children such as fresh fruit, shoes, jackets, educational toys and building repairs.” They also pay the salaries of additional caregivers for children with significant needs.
“We are praying in the future to open a shelter for transitional housing for graduated orphans. Orphans are normally put out on the street upon graduation with no one to turn to for help and guidance. Institutionalized orphans are left completely unprepared for managing life’s daily tasks.
Statistics show only one in ten orphans becomes a productive member of society. The rest are lost to suicide, homelessness, drugs, alcohol, and a life of crime. Girls often become victims of human trafficking and prostitution.”
Putting those statistics together, 90,000 of the children who are currently institutionalized in Ukraine will be lost.
I’m sending this out with the prayer that many of you would consider helping this wonderful ministry in three ways–giving, sharing, and praying!
~Here is a blog post with clear instructions as to how you can help financially. One More Way! Please, please, please don’t turn away thinking you don’t have enough extra to make a difference! The BOM staff are practiced in stretching funds very far, and even $5 or $10 a month will be a blessing!
~Here are two links to copy and paste. Please, choose one and pass it on!
~Pray for the staff of Bible Orphan Ministry as they minister on the front lines, putting their whole lives into serving those 1000 children. Alla updates BOM’s Facebook page and blog regularly, so please check back in with them to find out their current prayer needs.
Thank you, friends, and may God bless you!!