For Over 70 Years communist rule dominated in Eastern Europe. During that time children were not allowed to attend church and to share the Gospel with a child was an offense.
Instead, children were compelled to be part of a Communist youth organisation like the ‘Young Pioneers’ and were indoctrinated in communistic ideals.
Today, communism is no longer the rule of life in Eastern Europe but there are many other perils. Materialism and easy access to just about every desire and all kinds of evil are just as dangerous.
That is why we believe it is so important to put emphasis on Gospel work among children and youth in these countries. They need to know the Lord Jesus as Saviour in a personal way so that they might grow up with a knowledge of God’s Word.
Each Year Many Children go to Children’s Camps in Moldova and Armenia. CMIAID has been involved in helping organise and fund children’s camps for many years. Just a few dollars is all that it costs to send a child to camp. Many camp participants come from non Christian families. Perhaps you can visualise the joy of a child from a poor family when they are invited to come to camp! To be invited at no cost is hard for them to believe. We praise God that the camp ministry not only reaches the children but often their parents as well.
In James 1:27 we are reminded, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Today in Eastern Europe there are may orphans. The stories of many of these children is tragic. Many of the children living in orphanages are not ‘true’ orphans but have been abandoned by alcoholic or drug addicted parents. The effect that this has on their lives is devastating. One boy in such a situation is Valera (pictured above). He is in an orphanage in Southern Russia and he told the story of how his mother told the officials who came to his home that she did not want him any more and asked them to take him away.