Russia Orphan Ministry Overview
Many children in this vast and complex country are "social orphans."
While some have lost parents to death, many have been orphaned because of
alcohol abuse, economic, or other social factors. In many areas of Russian
society, the word "orphan" is often synonymous with "worthless."
Life in an institution has left them completely unprepared to manage simple
tasks of life – or make good choices about relationships, who to trust, or
how to spend their time. No guidance and no accountability mean no compass.
Orphaned girls are especially vulnerable to prostitution and sex
Over the past decade, Capo Beach Church has partnered with three specific
orphanages in the Kostroma region. These orphanages have become
virtual extensions of our own church as our members have directly sponsored
hundreds of these orphans. As a community, we not only engage with
these orphanages through sponsorship but also through trips which give us
the opportunity to be physical reminders to the children that there is an
entire church body who loves them, prays for them and has a vested interest
in their lives.
Russia Trip April 29 - May 10, 2013
Our Focus on this trip has been and always will be the
children whom God has put under our Care. This year we will be
traveling to two orphanages; an orphanage called Monturovo where many of
the kids we sponsor have moved, as well as Volzhsky just outside of
Kostroma City. At each of these orphanages we take full advantage of
the time we have. We balance our time between unstructured hang-out
time with the children, planned games and crafts, organized birthday
parties, and sometimes skits and performances. In everything we do
with the children, whether playing games, painting faces, giving manicures,
touring their rooms, celebrating birthdays, sharing stories, discussing the
bible, or walking to the market, we remind ourselves that we may in fact be
their only visitor that year and thus even our smallest acts of kindness
speak volumes to their self esteem and their understanding of a God who
ATTN: Family of Travelers
If you need to contact a traveler while on the trip please start by
contacting Leah Wade at Children's Hopechest - work: (719) 685-7169 or cell: (719) 352-9755.
Click here to download the trip daily
Sponsoring one of the Russian orphans through Children's HopeChest will
help provide access to a better environment, improved health, tutoring, and
age appropriate Bible training. You will be able to build a
relationship with your sponsored child. Like other children, orphans need
adult input. The one-to-one connection through letter writing between
you and the child you sponsor will allow you to offer encouragement,
guidance, and the love of Jesus Christ as few other adults ever
Contact Chad McNeely
to see if there
are children available for sponsoring.
Writing your child
As a dedicated sponsor, you are encouraged to write your child at least 4
times a year. Hand-written letters and printed photos can be mailed
directly to Children's HopeChest. Ensure that your child's name and
reference number is clearly marked on anything you send. For faster
communication, click here to email your child.
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