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AGTS student Judi Ballweber comments on her experience studying in Kiev, Ukraine

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Kiev has about 20,000 street kids who have been abandoned or orphaned. Many of them live in the sewers and struggle to survive as they suffer daily. While I was in church one morning a young boy sat next to me could not sit still. With a headache and feeling irritable, I found myself hoping that his mom would ‘encourage’ him to be a bit more settled. That morning our featured speakers were ministers to street kids. As one man stood up to speak, the boy next to me was suddenly riveted with absolute attention. There was his face on the slides being shown. He was a boy, about 8 years old, who had been rescued and now has a changed life. Sitting there with tears in my eyes and a heart crying to God for this boy, I repented for my attitude. These children are being placed in long-term homes where they can be ‘resocialized’ and given the necessary tools for surviving productively with Jesus in their hearts.

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Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:03 PM


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