The Story of the Launch in '04

This is the story of the launch of this ministry in 2004.  For up-to-date info, you'll find several fresh installments on this website featuring current news about this and other facets of GAP ministry.

 

If you've spent much time around us, or even perused our website for a while, you know of the passion God has put on our hearts to try and implement a new ministry focused on the orphan teenagers who seem to fall through the cracks, once they leave the institutions.  Well, thanks to the prayers of many that passion seems to have been met by God's provision as this new ministry takes form in Voronezh, Russia.

The initial phase of the Teenage Orphan Transition Center was launched in a rented flat in Voronezh on October 1, 2004.  We have a team of Russian nationals working with 15 college age orphans from three orphanages in the Voronezh region.  The students gather at the "flat" (apartment) at least four evenings a week for fellowship, food, fun, tutoring, and basic discipleship.

With the launching of the center in October, we were able to purchase a computer in Voronezh, which the students are using for researching school assignments.  If funds allow, we hope to add at least one more desperately needed computer next year.  If you know of a corporation with computers to donate, please contact us.  We can provide them with a gift-in-kind letter for their use in filing for a tax deduction in consideration of their gift.

Games are a great focus for fellowship.  We brought several games from America.  Uno was a big hit with everyone.  In the background Natasha (19) masters a mind-bending wooden puzzle.

Max (16) learns a new and challenging game, brought from the states, while Sasha Kotov, a program coordinator for the center, challenges Zhenya (18) to a traditional Russian chess match.

Food always plays a vital role in fellowship, especially for the Russians, and for these kids it fills a very practical need as well.

We are really excited about the team God has put together for the launch, and especially for the orphans He has brought to the center, and for the fruit He is bearing in their lives. It was such a blessing to see the extreme gratitude, felt by these students, for the donations that made it possible for them to experience such a richness of fellowship and spiritual encouragement amidst the desolation and despair they normally face once they leave the orphanage.