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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Jim.M said... 

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    June 18th, 2010 at 6:37 am  

    “A picture is worth a ……”. We’ve all heard it before, but your words under photo number 4 are haunting and create a thousand pictures of the dark side of the human soul. “they are not simply animals without hope”. “Animals with out hope”…that phrase, those words, they were stuck all over me yesterday, I could not shake them off, they make me shutter.

    The captions below photos 5-6-7-8 tell of how much has been accomplished by MTU, and show how much they still need. They seem to be doing so much with so little.

    I look at this photo essay and am reminded again that God is faithful, this is seen through the loving hands and caring hearts of those who serve where you are.

    Finally the story reminds me in some way of what Jesus said to a man who wanted to travel with him after his demons were on the run…”Return home and tell how much God has done for you” This report does just that, it brings the story home, the story tells us, and shows us through the joyful faces of the orphans being loved there of how much God is doing and of His boundless mercy.

    Wow, thanks for bringing this to us Barry.

    J.

  2. Dave Rod said... 

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    June 18th, 2010 at 4:48 pm  

    It takes a peculiar kind of faith mixed with hope and determination to be steadfast in the face of the odds the MTU folks face. I want that. They are the forceful people who have forcefully advanced the kingdom (Matt 11:12) . They are my heroes.

  3. Mike Townsend said... 

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    June 19th, 2010 at 6:53 am  

    Barry,
    We were in Romaniv together about 14 months ago. Thank you so much for bringing more attention to the special needs orphanage. We continue to support the team that visits every week.

    Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing.

    Best regards in Christ,
    Mike Townsend

  4. Tanya said... 

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    June 19th, 2010 at 10:10 am  

    Wow! Great way to reflect the truth and give hope. I’ve learned so much :) I appreciate your gift and praise God for such an ambassador for our boys with disabilities!

  5. Mike Townsend said... 

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    June 19th, 2010 at 1:10 pm  

    I visited this orphanage about 15 months ago. I will never be the same. Please pray for Mission Ukraine and CCCP as we help this orphanage.

  6. Rick Johnson said... 

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    June 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  

    And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. Matthew 25:40. In the New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ there are many places where people cried out to Jesus. With humility they cried out for their needs. In every case our precious Lord gave them what they asked for. ex. Matt. 15:22-28, Matt. 20:29-34. Each of these examples gives insights to the difficulty we have with our detractors. People try to keep you quiet and not let you go to throne of grace and mercy. Read the examples. Each one must persevere and keep crying out for the needs of these little ones. We can pray everyday and our prayers are either answered yes or no or wait. But when we cry out in our prayers the Lord always answers our prayers quickly. He has given us an example to follow. Let us not wait to obey His commands. The children in which He has given us is a test of our faith and witness of Him who saved us. Thanks for the pictures. Rick Johnson

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