Celebrating New Life
Easter in Ukraine was just a month ago (on the Orthodox calendar) and in May we held a special Easter Stop the Cycle meeting at a local church. These photos, most taken by orphanage graduate Masha P., tell all kinds of stories about our orphan-parented families.
Our moms don’t only need to learn how to be good parents. Just like their kids, they need to be loved and to know they belong. The caring arms of our staff embrace the whole family, moms and kids together.
Stop the Cycle meets a big need in our city! This meeting was attended by 58 moms, 92 kids, and several dads.
Big meetings are great for reaching many families at one time and meeting new orphan parents. But our model of care is based on long-term, healing relationships, so our staff always look for quiet moments to get to know moms one-on-one and build toward mentorship.
We love our partners! Local organization I Am Mom often hosts us, as well as local churches, and we received shoeboxes from Samaritan’s Purse for this gathering. Arina, who lives at the Shelter with her mom, had been longing for a specific doll. Her mom could only afford a generic brand, and on the way to buy it they opened the Samaritan’s box. There was Arina’s doll! She took this as direct evidence of God’s love. Certainly we know God loves Arina, and so do His people—including you, our friends who share His love through prayer and gifts.
Our moms develop close friendships with each other, sharing their history, daily challenges, griefs, and joys. The kids, too, have a special group of friends they won’t find anywhere else.
The resurrection of Jesus means the end of sin and death, and His victory promises new life for His children. Stop the Cycle is a whole community blooming with new life!