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Once again we welcome Russian orphans to stay with host families in the US for Christmas. This year we brought the most ever: forty eight g50.jpgchildren arrived on Tuesday night. Actually, the children arrived in Atlanta at 3am on Wednesday, since their plane was delayed by several hours by the bad weather in New York. Pictured above are a few of the children as they were preparing to leave Russia.

Masha Oshkina, MIR Executive Director, and Svyeta Kouzyakova worked very hard for these children to come. The Russian government has changed the rules regarding our hosting program, and it took much more faith, work and perseverance than ever before. The MIR staff poured out their lives for the sake of these children.tx14.jpg

The world is going through a time of uncertainty. Many supposedly stable institutions are being shaken. We, however, have great hope and assurance since the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. He continues His work; He is faithful. So even in this time of instability, God is moving in His people to open their hearts and homes to these orphans.

Christmas is the time when we celebrate how God gave His son to us — Immanuel, God with us. Now is a time of giving; it is time to give of ourselves. Lives are being saved, hearts are being healed, people are laying down their lives for the sake of Christ only find that they receive a more abundant life.

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6 Comments to “A Postcard from Russia — Welcome to America”

  1. Kristie says:

    Are any hostings planned for the Austin, TX area?

  2. Mike says:

    I’m afraid not. Most of the Russian children are hosted in the Atlanta area and in the Northeast. Our US partner also brings children from Latvia for hosting. You can look them up on the web — New Horizons for Children. Or send me a note through the Contact page and I’ll send you more information.

  3. Linda Murray says:

    Greetings!
    To answer Kristie’s question in greater detail – Yes, it is possible…

    My name is Linda Murray, and I’m the volunteer Texas Hosting Coordinator for New Horizons for Children, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, based out of Atlanta, Geogia.

    Please see the website: http://www.newhorizonsforchild...../main.html

    For Christmas 2008 Hosting, we had 10 children hosted here in Texas, out of a program total of 122 on this trip. These orphaned children were hosted from both Latvia and Russia. The next hosting program will be this Summer – and we will hope to bring even more children to Texas, from Latvia, Russia, and the Ukraine.

    Please feel free to call me on my cell at 713-859-0368, if I may answer any more questions, or check out the New Horizons web site. Note that the New Horizons web site “Hosting” tab, for Children’s Photolisting, for the Summer program will be updated in the next month or so, currently it only links back to the photos for our Winter Christmas 2008 Hosting program children.

    Blessings, Linda.

  4. Mike says:

    Thanks, Linda. I hope something works out for kids to be in Austin.

  5. Jerry says:

    I had the life changing experience of meeting one of the children that was being hosted in Atlanta. She stold the hearts of our entire family. We are now in the beginning stages of adopting her. Her name is Liza and she is residing at Orphanage 61 (special needs orphanage). I saw on another post card that you had visited number 61. Are you able to tell me anything about the conditions at that orphanage? Bless you and everyone at New Horizons for bringing Liza into our lives.

  6. Mike says:

    Hi Jerry. We’ve spent quite a bit of time at #61. We love the kids and the staff there. It’s a small orphanage (maybe 30 children). Some children are fairly high-functioning, and others less so. The facilities are good but not great. They keep it clean and do the best they can, but it’s an old building in a small town. We’ve been trying to get them some wheelchairs, and they always need support for various things. Over the years we’ve helped them in many ways.
    I am very glad to hear that our part of the program has been a blessing to you, your family and Liza. We are very happy to take our role and perform as well as possible. You can learn more about MIR at http://www.mir-russia.com, and Stoneworks is at http://www.stoneworksint.org. Send me a note if you’d like to be on our update email list. And contact me if/when you’re in St. Pete. We’d love to meet you and help in any way we can. — Mike