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Boys at Romaniv Orphanage in Ukraine

 Hitting Home
Story by WND reader Regina Behmer


Regina with her boys

I received an email from a friend about a new digital magazine called World Next Door, and I happen to love all things digital, so it was a no-brainer to download. Plus, it was free! Little did I know how it would affect my life and my heart. What I read was something my heart needed in that moment, but could have never verbalized. I have always yearned for a tangible way to combat the world’s injustices in bite-sized pieces that both my mind and heart could tackle. What an amazing journey to take through a magazine in my own living room!

The first issue I read was about boys in an orphanage in Ukraine with special needs. This topic is near to my heart for two different reasons. We have two boys with special needs the same age as some of the boys featured in the magazine. Our youngest boy with special needs was adopted when he was 14 months old. I can only imagine that if he had been born in Ukraine, he would most likely be sitting in this orphanage right now.

That hit home more than I would have liked.

Regina's sons

Regina’s sons

The second reason has to do with our best friends and their three boys. All three boys came from an orphanage in Ukraine. It was an honor to walk with them in their journey as they brought each one home. Their youngest son has special needs and was adopted into our friends’ forever home when he was three. His path could have included one of these orphanages as well. Knowing that Mission to Ukraine is there helping these boys know Christ and doing everything they can to simply love them like Jesus gave me a peace that drove me to action.

Our family is now sponsoring a young man, Vitalik, at Romaniv. It is a great way to keep our heart focused on prayers for him, his roommates, and his orphanage. I can’t help but see Vitalik in my son’s eyes. We are to love to the “least of these.” And knowing how difficult it continues to be for my boys with special needs to be loved in an American society makes me realize the things Mission To Ukraine faces overseas require constant prayer.

I hope my biggest impact is to inspire others to make a difference in a boy’s life that society has deemed unworthy. Also, I hope to spread God’s view of these boys, and with that viewpoint, let the Holy Spirit inspire others to act.