“Christ is risen”, was the happy greeting from everyone Sunday morning. It is amazing how quickly you can learn to understand that expression in Russian. This continued to be the greeting for several days. At the senior’s lunch on Tuesday at the Mennonite Centre, one elderly gentleman came up to me, shook my hand, and said in Russian, “Christ is risen”. I understood him without an interpreter and was happy to give the official response in English and say “Christ is risen indeed”. We both felt good about the verbal exchange as well as the knowledge that we were both celebrating the risen Christ. I suspect that the gentleman may have seen me at the Orthodox service and came over to connect.
Saturday was another one those days I will never forget. We went to a local orphanage to hear a program put on by the young people from the Kutuzovka church. There are over 500,000 children in orphanages in
. These could be children whose parents have died or they were abandoned. At the age of 18, they are required to leave the place and fend for themselves. They have no life skills and no connections outside the orphanage. It is estimated that approximately 10% of them commit suicide in the first year. The others frequently lead a life of crime or prostitution. Ukraine