Loving the “little ones” living on the street in Russia is Natasha’s passion. In this interview she shares her heart.
Tell us about your work among children
Where to start…It’s been over 15 years since Grain of Wheat began working with kids living on the street in Russia. For 5 years, we prayed for housing that could accommodate our ministry to these kids and God provided! We now have an apartment where we can help children ages 11-14. We love being able to give them delicious meals, a nice warm bath and a place where they are wanted and welcome.
What is your most important goal?
We want our life to show each child what God’s love is like. When they ask, “Why are you doing all of this for us?” We tell them that we love them and God loves them too!
How do you reach out to the kids?
First, it is essential for us to know the childs background. We try to meet the parents and get to know the family’s situation. Then we organize clubs where the kids have a great time, make new friends and discover God through Bible stories. We also work with our local church’s community outreach. Our goal is to have a place where children feel safe, where they can joyfully take part in church activities and learn about God’s love. Because nurturing the parentchild relationship is a priority, parents are also invited to join us.
Where do you invest most of your time and energy?
Most of the children we help have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, etc. If they desire to break free from their addiction and their parents agree, we begin a detox program with them. This is a major investment of our time and energy, but we are motivated by the fruits we see growing in their lives. We believe that every child should know what it’s like to be accepted and have the chance to experience a happy childhood.