morning Sally, Fred, Darold, and Kim went to the Isolator unit at
Myakovskova. The Isolator is where children are brought when they
are first picked up by the militia from the streets. There were about
35 or so kids. They are all in one room with two rooms to sleep. They
all have their heads shaved because of lice; it is hard to tell the
boys from the girls. The room looked nice because a few months ago
the Christian workers from Ezra International paid to have murals
painted on the walls. These Christian workers, one missionary from
Canada, Leanne and her interpreter Vera, work with the children every
day doing crafts, games, and Bible lessons. Kim led a Bible lesson
for the children with all the team participating in skits. At the
end we gave the children the opportunity to put cards representing
their sins and the hurt done to them on a wooden cross. We played
a few games, including throwing balloons around a circle which they
loved. Sally led them in a craft of making crosses with pipe cleaners
and beads. We were then able briefly to see two of the groups we had
seen Thursday and make the same craft with them.
Dr. Rob and Paige spent the day at the dental clinic.
Bennie and Bob (Gumby for the day) took off with Mykola to visit My
Fathers House and to visit with Dr. Roman. Later, in a snowstorm,
they went to see the men and womens addiction center directed
In the afternoon, Kim and Sally went to the kids club with Veronica
and the other MSA leaders. They had a great time playing and drawing
with the kids including doing a craft with sequins and glitter glue
to decorate frames and other creations out of popsicle sticks, a snow
ball fight outside, and watching some of the older kids show off their
break-dancing. The kids are all so happy and affectionate; the program
is so great for them.
In the evening the team came back together for Dinner and for a time
to reflect on the things we did for the day. It was a long week and
everyone was glad to break early and head off to bed.