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Ukraine Update: Orphans | 2023

Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus,


“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me….” Matthew 25:35-36 NIV


I have a confession to make, here we go: a couple of months ago my good, Romanian friend Cornell Clipa asked me for advice and prayer for discernment. He was approached by someone from Ukraine to see if he can host 100 Ukrainian orphans of war in his camp for 6-9 months, so they literally don’t die from the cold winter. They also told him that they have no resources to provide to him for their care! Then Cornell asked me, “what shall I do?” Right away, in my mind, I was saying “haven’t you done enough?”


You see, Cornell and his brother Pavel own a wonderful summer camp (Camp Cristia) in the northern mountains of Romania near the Ukrainian border. Since the early days of the war, they have hosted and helped thousands of war refugees by giving them shelter, food, clothes, medicine, and then they placed them all over Europe. We visited that camp twice last year, and Rebridge supported them financially (thank you for your support).



Here comes my confession. I told him: “to add the cost Brother”...haven’t you done enough? How would you support them? Do you have enough wood to heat the camp? Do you have food to feed them? What happens to summer camp when summer comes, and they are still there? All he got from me was discouragement. I was kind of sick and tired of this ugly war and becoming a bit cold about it! I was where this verse is “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…” (Matthew 24:12) I was wrong. I answered him without praying and without asking the Lord what I should say to him.


But Jesus already gave us the answer, He said YES to Widows and YES to Orphans. Oh Lord, help me to always say yes to orphans.



Did Cornell listen to me? Of course not (praise God). He had to listen to his Master, the Holy Spirit. A week after our conversation, he sent me pictures of the buses unloading these wonderful children at Camp Cristia. Now, two months later, these war orphans are well taken care of, they are warm, have enough to eat, and they are getting some education.


Brothers and Sisters, we can’t look the other way, and obviously the world is going into this dark age. We need to say yes for the hungry, yes for the refugees, yes for the widows, and yes for the orphans. Jesus said: ““He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:45-46)


Two weeks ago, Rebridge said yes, and we sent them $10,000, but they still need a lot more for the next few months. Would you please help us and say YES?




 

Your generosity matters, and for it we are grateful!

Please prayerfully consider a financial contribution to this effort.



Remember, 100% of what you give goes directly toward helping these people in need because of our low overhead and direct relationship with those providing help on the front lines.


 

Please send checks to: Rebridge 5016 Knobview Trail Winston-Salem NC 27104

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