Embracing the Future with Faith

Ksenya and Nastya live in a poor area 90 miles southwest of Moscow and are both doing very well in school. But how can they have any hope of a good job in the future when the world around them is falling apart?… Both girls come from broken homes. Fourth grader Ksenya, lives in a 3-bedroom…

Displaced but not Discourage

In St. Petersburg, according to recent statistics, every fifth child comes form a dysfunctional family and 12,000 children are homeless. Liana, age 7, was born in Syria. Her Russian mother and Syrian father are now divorced, as the war forced her mother to escape back to St. Petersburg. Liana still sees her father via Skype…

Hearts filled with Hope

Ufa, Bashkortostan Republic – RUSSIA The Republic of Bashkortostan is located between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. Its capital is the city of Ufa. Bashkortostan is the most populous of the republics in Russia. Ayne, 12 years old: Ayne’s blue eyes are expressive and deep as a lake. You would never believe she struggles with a serious mental disorder and has…

We Couldn’t Just Walk Away

“Our team was heartbroken the first time we visited this hospital and saw the despair of children suffering with leukemia and tuberculosis. It was so lifeless and disheartening, with no sounds of laughter. Not even one child was running around or having fun.” A GWI Russia volunteer recalls.   She continues, “We couldn’t just walk…

Annual meeting

What could more than150 people from 7 different countries near Russia have in common? They all had a passion to work with children and were eager to attend the annual GWI training semi- nar held in Moscow. Svetlana remembers, «During the seminar, I was deeply encouraged as God made it very clear that my call…

Does Anyone Love Me?

Does anyone care about destitute children living in the streets of Russia? Just ask Marina, GWI’s local coordinator, and she will tell you that giving kids like this a chance to succeed is her passion. Through her efforts, GWI now has a care center where kids are raised, fed, housed and most importantly, loved. Marina,…

My Cherished Dream

My dream is that children will never cry from loneliness, misery, violence, pain or rejection, and that they will not die in this evil and violent world without Hope. I want to see the kids happy, having fun, laughing and loving the Lord with all their heart. By Zinaida Poluektova I was born in Siberia in1960.…

Breaking Free

January 2013 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…

Camp Behind the Scenes

By Nancy Sands In the 30+ countries where Grain of Wheat ministers to children and youth, putting together a meaningful camp is often complicated and filled with overwhelming obstacles. Yet, no matter how great the difficulties, God’s blessings are even greater. Preparing to hold a camp begins with obtaining permission from the local government. In…