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A eulogy for Kolya

Too often we hear that one of the children in our programs has died. This week, we received news that Kolya died.

In a particularly moving tribute, one of his sponsors–Craig Wood–wrote about what Kolya meant to him, and how Kolya changed the course of his life.

I encourage you to read the entire blog post here.

Craig writes:

As I look back, I realize that I arrived in Russia with the mindset that I was going to “help” a group of Russian orphans. Little did I know that those special kids – led by Kolya – would help me in ways that would change my life forever.


This is one of those things we here time after time after time. “I thought I was going to bless orphans, but they blessed me in ways I could not have expected or imagined.”

That is part of my story, and the story of many who have discovered this secret. God has hidden his blessing in these children–like treasure.  Overlooked and forgotten, so few take the time to begin a relationship that changes a life.

Does sponsorship make a difference? Just ask Craig Wood.


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posted August 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I am sorry for your loss Craig…truly I am. What a precious little face Kolya has. I am humbled by your love for him. Our church sponsors a care point in Wera, Uganda. We began this journey in December and lost Agnes just a short time later. She died of of Psoriasis of the liver due to a compromised immune system from Malaria. It is an atrocity that a child dies from Psoriasis of the liver. I had the opportunity to visit our care point in May and I met Agnes’ mother. I did not sponsor Agnes, some dear friends did but our group wanted to offer our prayers and encouragement. Agnes’ mother had lost 4 children of her 7 children. Her sorrow can hardly be met with words. Before visiting Agnes’ grave, I shared that I could never know what it was like to grieve Agnes and her other children. And although I had lost my eight year old daughter, her insurmountable grief of losing yet another child was very humbling. Those moments with this grieving mother were surreal. My prayers go out to you. Thank you for sharing.

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