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News Update: 19 September 2014

A Campfire Story and an Eternally Changed Life

In the Krasnoyarsk region, church deacon Oleg Smal heads up many outreaches to children and youth. We just received a report from Oleg about “Camp Sinai,” which is part camp and part river rafting trip for older youth. This year, a special young man named Clem participated. Through the seeds planted by the Orphans Reborn ministry years earlier, Clem’s life was radically changed and now he wants to help reach other young people for Christ . . .

"Clem was a child from the orphanage in Zaozerny, where we had gone for many years to teach Bible lessons. After leaving the orphanage at age 18, he attended a group for the graduates for a whole year. But he eventually fell into a wild lifestyle, including drug abuse. However, the Word of God that had been planted in his heart at the orphanage and then small group would not be silent. Clem finally ended up in our church’s rehabilitation center, where he repented and is now free of drugs. And he was on our staff this year at Camp Sinai!"

At this year’s camp, there were 43 teenagers - 10 were from the children’s home. According to Oleg, other camp staff were also former orphanage children—now grown. All had heard the Gospel while at the orphanage, and they had been previous participants in the camps. Praise God for His glorious power at work!

As Oleg explains, they began the journey by taking a flying-fox to the river. Some of the youth were afraid at first, others were excited, but all wanted to try it. After they overcame their fear, their excitement grew.

The journey downriver began, followed by camping and Bible lessons deep in the Siberian wilderness. The youth could see what the Word of God declares . . . that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made . . . (Romans 1:19-20).

The discussions were serious about life being a journey and the need for salvation in Christ. And on the third day, one of the orphanage youth responded to the call! One more young man won to the Lord, and only the Lord knows how many will come to Him in this chain of grace still being linked!

Oleg and the church send their heartfelt thanks to all who support Orphans Reborn and other children’s ministries. Please keep them in prayer as they faithfully proclaim Christ!