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Day 10

This, or final morning, our team debriefed over a Russian breakfast.  While for some this trip was a first, and for many not the last, there was a palpable sense of shared passion and a unified spirit for how we can impact the lives of the children at the orphanage.  Each of the members of our team came to Russia for a different reason, but our common purpose was to serve God’s children.  This being the final post to our trip blog, I will conclude with a few short excerpts from my persona journal…

“Tonight is my final night in Russia.  Several hours from now I’ll be on a plane heading back to my home and my family.  The difference is that I’ll be returning as a different person.”

“I originally participated in this trip as a way to show my love to a population of young children who definitely need it; and deserve it.”

“I am returning home knowing not only that I have spent every single ounce of energy my physical body and my spirit could muster up to make a difference in their lives, but knowing that these orphans have loved and helped me more than I could have ever loved and helped them.  In one way it will be nice to be home, yet in another I already feel a great sense of loss as I remember the hugs, the laughter, the tears and the overall joy of these amazing children.”

“Today, on our final morning at the orphanage as I waited to board the van I stood and held a young, ten-year-old boy.  I’ve never been hugged in such a way.  I could actually feel the love radiating from his heart as he squeezed me in his arms and gripped me with his tiny hands.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt so loved—so necessary—in my life.”

“The world is such a big place, but not so big that we, as individuals, can’t share our love to those from both near and far, especially young children who are in desperate situations through no fault of their own.”

Please pray for the children of the Rybnoe orphanage.  May God bless you all.  Thank you for your support in this mission.