Yesterday we spent visiting two orphanages, one in Simferopil and the other in Sevastopil.
In Simferopil we visited the largest orphanage we will visit. We saw about 200 children, many with special needs, and most are not likely to be adopted. The entire team connected with the kids and some made some very special connections. We were blessed to have enough supplies for all of the kids, and they enjoyed the pictures, face painting and recreation. We did run out of hats with the last boy through the line. Joel Horton on our team took off his Ohio State hat and gave it to the boy. God provided not only the hat, but the heart as well. HopeHouse provided the orphanage a large industrial weed eater as a gift after our visit.
Later in the day we visited a small orphanage in Sevastopil. A small group of girls performed for us before our music team began. Jamey Bennett, Sheila Uselton, Pam Tippins, Jill Wench and Dawn Koch make up our music team (Jamey and the Royal Ruckettes) and they have been incredible. They are bringing upbeat, relavant and just plain fun music for the kids.
Mandy Miller and Emily Wood spent sometime inside the orphanage praying for the children. They both felt led to pray inside and they prayed over rooms, and other items inside and outside the building.
We spent time sharing after our visits and it was a very emotional and heart filled time for all of us. A number of people shared about how God has revealed Himself to them through their experiences on this trip. We are continuing to learn how God is changing us through this experience.
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