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 children 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.
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.