At the beginning of 2015, some of our kids from the primary orphanage we work with were moved to another facility. This place had a bad reputation for some shady things happening, so we were not at all happy to hear about this transition.

However, after we looked into it, we saw that some major corrections /improvements had been made. The facility is in good shape, and there had been some staff changes, which helped with the problems.

So we're currently working there 3-4 times a week (in addition to the other work we're doing). It's been quite interesting to see how kids in the system respond to our teaching. Some of the kids are quite bright, and you can see they've been studying some of our lessons when we're gone. They've learned the English alphabet (and can almost sing the whole  ABC song).

What's more staggering is to see the kids who have not learned. And I'm not just talking about our lessons. There's a 13 year old that doesn't know his letters in Romanian. There are some kids with 0 short-term memory. We were teaching them 4 colors in Romanian and English, and we would repeat them individually - some kids couldn't remember for even 10 seconds.

These are just a few of the challenges we are facing with our education programs. The institutions, the lack of care while they were in utero, followed by neglect by the parents has left some of these kids with significant mental disabilities.

This leads us to the theological question: how much must you be able to understand of the Gospel to be saved?

This is a tough one. That's why we pray for our kids. That the Lord would heal them enough to understand His love for them. That they would know they are loved and that they would have hope for their futures. 

We know that He's more merciful than we can possibly imagine.

So please join us in praying for our kids.