Many have been asking where Galina is. She is safe and sound here with us at THE ORPHANS HANDS. She joined us after five years of ministering to the children in Cupcui. She wants to share her story with you.
When I was 14, I met the Cameron family when they walked into our orphanage on Christmas night. They were the happiest people I ever met, and this family brought light into our orphanage.
“When I was 4 years old my parents abandoned me, and I haven’t heard from them since. My life in the orphanage wasn’t colorful, it was a night mare. I, along with many others, grew up in a building with a broken roof, broken windows, and a broken heating system. We would get a cold shower for 5 minutes every two weeks. I was sharing a room with 12 other girls and our room was covered in mold. Whenever it rained outside, it would leak inside for weeks. Winters were the worst. There were times we literally froze, we didn’t have warm blankets and we would share beds and sleep with our clothes on to keep warm. The workers were there because they need a job, not because they cared about us. I was so hurt, broken, lonely and unloved. I became distant and wouldn’t trust anyone.
My world changed on one December night. When I was 14, I met the Cameron family when they walked into our orphanage on Christmas night. They were the happiest people I ever met, and this family brought light into our orphanage.
I never thought that day would change my life: I had my first hug, my first Christmas present, my first birthday gift, my first smile. I never understood why strangers from across the world kept coming back to spend hours and days at our orphanage, making us feel special. No one ever cared for orphans in our country.
The most special gift I received from the Cameron family was the first time I heard about God. The Cameron’s always used to say, “You are loved more than you will ever know, by someone who died to know you.” God used this family and they loved me when I was useless to them.
One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 46:4. God says, “I have made you and I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” I have known the Cameron’s for over 14 years and from them I have learned that family is not always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs… the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.
I am very thankful for what God has given me. God lifts up those who are bowed down with sorrow. He protects the stranger and upholds the fatherless and the widow. How does He do this? He works through people. He needs committed, submitted, dedicated people who live to meet the needs of others.
This family has dedicated their life 100% to God. They have helped hundreds of boys and girls just like me. I am excited to see what THE ORPHANS HANDS will do to help change other lives. I am thankful that I get to be a part of this. Please pray for those we continue to reach, that they know there is a God that loves them and that they know they are not a mistake.”
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