December 14, 2010

Finally finding a family, Svetlana now studies social services in Moldova

Svetlana, 19, suffered a continuous string of disappointments during her young life in Moldova. When she was 9 years old, her mother died, her father was incarcerated and she and her younger siblings were left in the care of their aging grandparents.

Since her grandparents could barely afford to meet the children’s basic needs, Svetlana could not attend school.

Three years later, her father was released from prison and resumed custody of his children. Life with her father was so difficult that Svetlana asked to move into a government orphanage.

During her two years at the orphanage, a family offered to adopt her, but Svetlana’s father would not sign the release papers. Once she graduated from the orphanage, Svetlana had nowhere to go.

The director of the orphanage told her about a World Orphans partner training center where she could continue her education. Svetlana moved into the home and had a stable family for the first time. She attended church, heard the gospel and accepted Christ as her savior.

This past fall, Svetlana enrolled in the theological college where she is studying to be a social assistant.

“The home gives us hope and teaches to do many things and gives us the education to care for ourselves. Here we learn to live not just for ourselves, but for others. I pray there will be many more transition homes like this one,” she said.

Download Svetlana’s Ornament of Hope (PDF)

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