It was my first visit to Romaniv Disabled Boys Orphanage in over two years, and I was dumbfounded. Flabbergasted. Astounded. My jaw was on the floor.

Was this the same Romaniv I visited in 2009?  Was this the same Romaniv I visited in 2010?

Here’s why it was so shocking:  It looked pretty much the same. It smelled pretty much the same. Most of the boys looked familiar.  But the way they were acting?  We could have been a million miles away…

You see, the boys at Romaniv have improved in ways I didn’t even know were possible.  I had assumed that they would reach a certain point in their development and then stop.

But man… I was dead wrong!

Take a look at these photos from my visit to see what I mean…

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    • Pray for the boys at Romaniv. Although they have come so far, there is still quite a journey of development ahead of them.
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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. Dave Rod said... 


    November 9th, 2012 at 10:12 am  

    Evidence…of the Kingdom of God ushered into Romaniv and these boys’ lives by followers of Jesus. Jesus said “you will do even greater things than me”. And sure enough…

  2. Sharon said... 


    November 9th, 2012 at 1:43 pm  

    Not instantaneous, but no less miraculous. What a beautiful picture of the Church as the hope of the world! “Love is patient…”

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