Sunday, June 29, 2008

Claycamps plus one...

About two weeks ago, a social services worker called the church concerning a young girl from a nearby orphanage. This girl was released from supervised care at the orphanage and needed a place to live until she starts technical school in the fall. We all felt led by God to take this opportunity to love this girl who has not seen much love in her life. Well, it was decided that our home was the best place for her, since we have a nice guest room outside.

Jhenya has been with us for a week now and it has been quite interesting. She is 17 years old, but mentally acts about 12. Before her parents died, they were alcoholics and physically abused her. She acts as though she has ADD, at times hyper and loud and not able to focus very long. She likes to play with our kids, loves to play with her new phone and is always asking to play video games. She feels very comfortable here with us and gets a little anxious when she has to leave. The girls in the church are helping us by taking her out and about, although she continuously asks to come back home.

She will be with us for two months. It is our hope that she would learn some life skills while she is with us, as she will be on her own in the fall. Right now, we can't imagine her living and functioning on her own. We know that these next two months will be very trying for us, but we also know that God will give us the strength to love and care for her. Please pray for us to have patience and understanding with her. Pray that God would be glorified through this situation and that she would come to know Christ in a personal way.


Greg & Edna Silva said...

Wow! What an awesome opportunity to minister to this girl and teach her so much. I know this will have a huge impact on her life. We can relate in some way with our experience with Maxime. Even though he lives at home, he has been severely neglected and has almost zero social skills. At times his behavior can be very difficult and we suspect he suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome.

Anyways, we will be praying for Zhenya and your family through this time. We look forward to seeing you all for the 4th of July!


Olya Velichko said...

I`ll be praying for you guys.