Today we went to 2 orphanages in Sevastopil. Both of them were ones we visited last year. The children at both orphanages remembered the ones of us who went last year.
At the first orphanage we were met with the sounds of a brass band playing. The band was made up of some of the older boys from the orphanage. They played their music for us before we began our music. Ellen Martin quickly re-connected with a boy she met last year, Dima. He was smitten with her, and they had fun remembering last year. After we finished the program the director of the orphanage invited us into his office for a reception. They offered us refreshments and then they gave us gifts made by orphan children. This was the first time that any HopeHouse group had been offered a banquet like this in 15 years. We ended our time there by giving the orphanage the gift of lights for the rooms (they call them chandeliers) and lace for the childrens windows.
During our visit in the orphanage director’s office he talked to all of us and he basically said that he could tell from our smiles and our actions that we had the love of God in us and a love for these children. He also professed his love for the same God. Even with the language barrier he saw the love in our hearts! Praise God!