Recently I had the pleasure to accompany The Haven on a trip to the Azov Sea.  They were celebrating the ninth grade graduation of the orphans from Orphanage #4.  To be honest, I was a bit skeptical in the beginning…

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About the Author: Christopher N. Cambell was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and an avid reader. He has an endless appetite for stories both true and otherwise and loves using those to better know and understand people.

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  1. Kris Schneider said... 

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    July 20th, 2010 at 8:31 am  

    Chris, those pictures were so beautiful. Not only the scenery, but the kids do look so happy! Thank you for telling their story through your pictures. Great job!

  2. Kevin said... 

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    July 20th, 2010 at 11:21 am  

    Wonderful message Chris. Keep up the good work!

  3. Crista said... 

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    July 20th, 2010 at 12:36 pm  

    Captivating and inspiring! It’s amazing how “real life ministry” changes our perspective from the one we learned in the classroom. Well done!

  4. Jim.M said... 

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    July 20th, 2010 at 8:30 pm  

    Chris,

    Interesting to see these photos. When I hear the word “orphan”, my imagination takes me to a vision of toddlers and infants. To see teens and “almost adults” in this article begs a thousand questions. Thinking about what might lead to a 14 year old being an orphan is almost impossible to fathom. To imagine what it is to BE a 14 year old orphan, and what your view from that vantage point might be is heartbreaking. These parents are saying with their deeds…you are loved! You are not only our children, but you are His children! You are an image bearer of God, made to love and be loved!! What an awesome story of faith in action. I went to James 1:27 after reading your article and after dwelling there for awhile I had a sense of strong admiration for those parents who I don’t even know. Prayers for them, and for those children.
    Thanks for such a surprise!

    J

  5. Dave Quigley said... 

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    July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm  

    Nice job Chris. You have a message with a punch and a viewpoint with a purpose. Inspiring and convicting at the same time. Well done.

  6. Glenn Grosh said... 

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    August 11th, 2010 at 1:10 pm  

    Chris, I am on the board of Last Bell Ministries and I have thoroughly enjoyed your writing. It is difficult to articulate the life of these orphan kid’s but you have captured it wonderfully. Please keep up the good work. You have a gift!

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