I felt like I was in heaven when I entered the front door at La Bessonne in Switzerland in 2009. I knew very little about Grain of Wheat then, but as I heard various country directors share the way countless forsaken children have been embraced by God’s deep love, I was captivated.
A few months after my return to the US, I was asked to edit camp reports and projects originally written in other languages, then roughly translated into English through a computer program. As I rework the reports etc., it’s often through tears for the utter hopelessness so many kids face. Maxim, a young Ukrainian boy, was 14 years old when his entire family was killed in a car accident. With no home, his life became a nightmare of living on the street. He faced malnutrition, brutal street laws and ended up in prison for stealing.
Now Maxim bursts with joy as he recalls how Grain of Wheat brought God’s love to him in prison. “I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Father. Now I’m not an orphan anymore!” Maxim’s prayer is, “Dear Daddy Jesus, I so wish to see you face to face and bow before you, to thank you for all you’ve done for me!”
I feel truly blessed and filled with the Wow Factor that the Lord has given me the great privilege of being a small part of Grain of Wheat’s dynamic ministry to kids.
Nancy Sands, US Communications, San Francisco/USA