Yesterday our team did a small presentation at church about our trip to Moldova this year. Below is the portion I had written out for it, however this story just brings me to tears and I could barely get through it yesterday..haha:) So reading it is far better than me trying to say it:)
I just LOVE Olga…
During our team meetings in preparation for the trip, we had dwelled on a verse – Ephesians 5:20 which says “Now all glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work within us to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” So we are here to report back to you how the Lord is answering the prayers of this church, so we can share together in giving Him the glory in how He is providing for the orphans in Tocuz.
We have been praying for the kids to grow spiritually; for the kids to come to know the Lord as their Savior and as their Heavenly Father; for this is really the only thing that will completely change their lives. Over the past few years we have been blessed to hear how the kids are being taught by a Christian teacher on a weekly basis; they are learning from the Bible and are exposed to it’s message. But we have been praying for the kids to not only who Jesus is in their heads, but in their hearts.
God is answering. Let me tell you about a young girl named Olga. Olga is in her last year in the orphanage. She is 17 years old and will be one of the young girls being given the opportunity to go to the Christian school next school year. This past summer, Olga accepted the Lord as her Savior. She said she had been hearing about salvation and Jesus over the last few years but wanted to make the decision because she wanted to, not because someone else was telling her it was the right thing to do. Olga is learning and growing. She loves her Bible and just at the mention of Jesus her face lights up and in broken English says “Jesus is life.” But Olga is also growing in the love of God, a love that puts others before herself and a love that allows her to joyfully sacrifice. Let me explain.
Olga had been asking me who her sponsor was. And I told her that it was my mom’s co-worker who helps oversee a local daycare center. Pat had been sponsoring Olga for the last 3 years. So we chatted for a bit and Olga told me that she wanted to send Pat a gift and would give me something before our team left. To hear this wasn’t out of the ordinary because the kids make us cards and pictures to take home so I was expecting it to be along those lines. The night before we left, Olga asked me to come into her room, and through our translator said she had the gift she wanted me to give to Pat. She handed me her doll. Now, to see any child in the orphanage with a toy is pretty rare. But she had one and shared it with the 12 other girls that she roomed with. She had it since she was a baby. It was her one fun thing, her one prized possession. I started to shake my head and said I can’t take this. But she grabbed my hand and said “Please. You all sacrifice so much for me. It’s my turn to sacrifice for others. This is for the children in the daycare so they can have something to play with.” After saying that, she handed the doll to me with the biggest smile on her face. Olga a 17 year old orphan gets it. She has taught me, as I hope she teaches you, to sacrifice. To sacrifice joyfully. To not hold on too tightly to the possessions we have.
I pray this encourages you; encourages you to continue to pray boldly because God is moving and answering your prayers.