Big Family Mission helps the ministry of Grace Center through Help
for Children in St. Petersburg, which is led by Natasha Kirillov. Here’
s is Natasha’s account of the life story of Sonya Kasterina.
“Sonya has a walking disability, cerebral palsy. After her mother
started drinking hard, Sonya was sent to the orphanage Grace. She
lived there for a year. Then the orphanage was closed, and Sonya
came back to her mother. When she heard that we have Grace
Family Center, Sonya asked us to put her into the program. We
regularly invite Sonya to the center, where she has opportunity to
attend the church services and fellowship with the children of her
age. She says this is the only good thing of her life. She knows
that there are people who care and accept her as she is. Sonya is a
good Christian: she prays hard and she was specially blessed this
Easter. When supporters from Finland came to visit other children in
our ministry, Sonya had 5 visitors who came to Russia with the only
goal: to see her, say hello, say that they remember about the girl!
When we told Sonya that they are coming, she didn't sleep 3 nights,
so excited she was!
When Sonya comes to the Center we always talk to her to find out
what she needs the most, to be able to help her better. Last year she
has spent one month during the summer at Bolshevo (summer
camp). We are
going to invite her to one of our camps this coming summer as well.
Recently when we were discussing what to buy for the Easter
celebration, it appeared that Sonya HAS NEVER BEEN AT THE
SUPERMARKET IN HER LIFE. The only store she has been to was
when she was 5 or 6 years old. Her mother has never been interested
to take Sonya from the house, and Sonya can't walk without support
of a person. She has always been thinking that people are ashamed
of her being disabled. When we found that out, we drove her to the
nearest supermarket right away! Sonya was amazed!
She was so excited that she spoke in a very loud voice near
everything she would see. The store was like a museum for her, and
even milk and bread was like an exhibit! "Oh, look how big is the
store! I would never think that food and clothes can be sold in one
supermarket! Is it true that I can touch everything! Wow, look at the
line that can move when you put products on it (she was saying that
standing in front of the cash-register)! I have heard about it, but saw
it only by TV!"
We made Sonya's day and she was absolutely happy!
And how many of us think that the life is boring and brings no joy?
Now think about Sonya, and compare how many opportunities do you
have! It is amazing how little so many people in need require to make
them happy, but even this little support is absolutely impossible
without our participation.
Sonya's life is not easy: her mother is drinking again. But she
prays to God so that He will bring her mother to the church and
change her! Will you help Sonya by praying with her?
Thank you for supporting our work here! It all is impossible
Sonya experienced the joys of shopping in a supermarket for the
first time in her life. And, of course, one of those joys is trying on the
Thanks to all of our Big Family Mission partners!