Apr 13, 2012

First Step Center Update

by Sergiy Svystun
(with editing by Stephanie Gilmer)
Kostya & Borya
Kostya working with Borya on school work at First Step Centre. 
Borya is a 14 year old boy from Moldova. Lot's of kids from this country come to Odessa to survive. His mom and dad died because of drugs and Borya became a street boy. He has never gone to school because the school director said he is slow and they didn't need to have  bad statistic at her school.
In order to live Borya began to steal. First it was mobile phones, then with other boys they started to stop drunk people at nights and take all they had.  The police put Borya in an orphanage. He ran away so many times and unfortunately because of so many abuses he doesn't trust adults any more. He started to drink and sniff glue.  
World Hope's First Step Centre is the only place where Borya feels safe. Our staff, especially Kostya, spends a lot of time with him helping him with his education.  Borya can read now. We are really hopeful that God is going to change Borya's life and he will leave street. 
Nastya comes to First Step searching for a break from the struggles she faces at home. She has found friendship and so much more! 
Nastya is just 15 years old. Even though she smiles a lot, usually she is so sad. Her mom was killed in front of Nastya by drunk men.  Her mom was drunk as well. Nastya lives with her grandparents but they are going through a divorce and they have conflicts every day.  Nastya does not spent a lot of time at their home.  Soon she found friends on streets. Those friends smoke, drink alcohol, and have sexual life at their young age. 
First Step Centre is Nastya's only chance to hear about God and about the different life she can live. She comes after school, does her homework and eats a nutritious meal. She especially likes to spend time with some of our volunteers who are sociologists.  
We need your support for our work at First Step where we face spiritual battles every single day. Satan wants to steal these kids from God but we are at the first line to fight for them. And with God's help we are going to win! 
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your financial and prayer support are needed a lot.  We are looking for people who understand the differSergiy Svystunence that First Step Centre staff are making in the lives of the kids that show up there . We need monthly supporters who wants to help kids, who want to save lives for God. Are you one of them? Click here to print off a monthly donation form and join with us on the front lines today! 
Thank you my friends!


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