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 never spoken a word in her life. Having undergone many medical procedures with no success, her father decided to stop the treatments and let Ayne simply enjoy life. He had heard about Grain of Wheat and felt it would be a good experience for Ayne to go to one of their camps. Friends tried to dissuade him by asking, “Why are you taking a disabled child like Ayne to camp? It will be way too difficult for her.” But he wasn’t going to let anyone stand in his way and took Ayne and her brother to camp.
Her father was amazed at how quickly Ayne connected with Rima, her counsellor. But the most touching moment took place during a Bible lesson. To illustrate salvation through faith in Christ, the question was asked, “Do you want a ticket to heaven?” Ayne eagerly raised her hands making a symbol of a “Ticket to Heaven”. She took the ticket, with a huge smile on her face, then folded her hands to pray. The teacher prayed with Ayne standing right next to him. We couldn’t hear her, but how precious it was to know that God saw her heart and truly heard this speechless girl. God loves children like Ayne and delights in filling their hearts with His amazing hope!