As I’ve mentioned before, spending a week at Romaniv Disabled Boys Orphanage was a truly moving experience.  I have such a huge place in my heart for these young men.

But of all the things I learned, all the conversations I had with the orphanage staff and all the improvements I witnessed, there was one experience that stood out as by far the most fascinating: and that was simply spending time with the boys during their day to day lives.

I’ve always learned so much by going to visit Romaniv with the Mission to Ukraine team on Fridays, but seeing the boys’ lives on the other six days of the week was a whole new experience.

One of the boys heading back to his dorm after a shower.

Seeing the way they spent their free time, watching them go through the everyday routines of life, eating meals with them… It really gave me a unique new perspective.

So rather than making some sort of grand editorial comment about the orphanage or creating some two-hour long documentary, I decided to give you guys a bit of what I received during my time there: A small, simple glimpse into the everyday lives of the Romaniv Orphanage boys…

Note: Just last week I began sponsoring Misha (the young man I wrote about in Part II of my “Bittersweet” article) through Hands of Hope’s new sponsorship program.  It is so cool knowing that my life is now connected in an ongoing way to his.

But I don’t have to be alone in this.  If sponsoring one of the Romaniv boys is something that you can envision in your life, it’s not too late! There are still many boys awaiting sponsors. Click here to see who still needs a sponsor.

You can join in with the other World Next Door readers who have partnered with Mission to Ukraine and Hands of Hope to give these boys the love and the lives they deserve!

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Next Steps
    • Click here to see which Romaniv boys are still awaiting sponsors through Hands of Hope. Remember that 100% of sponsorship funds will go straight to the Romaniv boys through Mission to Ukraine!
    • Take a look at Mission to Ukraine’s website to find more ideas for how to get plugged in with this amazing ministry.
    • Please continue to pray for the boys at Romaniv Orphanage. God is working in some powerful ways in that place. Let’s pray that His kingdom continues to expand!
    Next Steps

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. JimM said... 


    December 4th, 2012 at 10:05 pm  

    Smiles…everyone has a smile.

  2. Sarah Archer said... 


    December 13th, 2012 at 10:51 pm  

    It’s amazing to read about the transforming work God is doing at Romaniv through MTU…thank you allowing us to join with you in your experiences and journey through World Next Door. We are honored to have the opportunity to sponsor one of the boys and continue to pray for the doors to open for the Girls’ Orphanage.

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