From October to December 2013, the LCMS Business Office in Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with the Lutheran church body Lutheran Church Concordia, was able to reach out with the mercy of Christ through a Mobile Medical Van, through distributing Orphan Grain Train donations and through their Orphanages Program. Here is some information from a recent report written by the LCMS Business Office in Kyrgyzstan:
One of the biggest programs of the Fund Compassion is the Mobile Medical Van (MMV). In the reporting period the MMV was located in the village of Jal and town of Orlovka , all in all the trailer’s pediatrician, gynecologist and two dentists treated 2,780 patients.
In the reporting period we received two Orphan Grain Train containers and distributed one of them to 29 organizations: orphanages, homes for old people, crises centers, hospitals, village administrations, and more. One of the places which benefitted was a Crisis Center. The center received 10 boxes of children’s clothing, 20 boxes of women’s clothing and 10 boxes of men’s clothing from Orphan Grain Train. The Center is an Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 2009 by some former drug addicts and prisoners. Now the staff of the Center includes six women including a professional lawyer. The project is financed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). They have a hostel for 10 people, nine women and four children live there now. The Center helps former prisoners and drug addicts to get jobs and return to normal life. They also work with street children, provide free HIV tests and help HIV-positive women – prisoners.
Another place that received part of the shipment was the state administration of a village in Kyrgyzstan received five boxes of children’s clothing, seven boxes of women’s clothing, 10 boxes of blankets and three walkers from the Orphan Grain Train. This humanitarian aid will be distributed among the poorest inhabitants of the village. This help is very important for them. According to the National Statistics Committee, 38% of the population lives below the poverty line, which is only 2182 soms ($45) per head per month. We know of cases when children do not go to school because they have no shoes and coats.
The Orphanages Program was an important part of work of the Business Office staff in the reporting period. This Program helps three orphanages with detergents, vitamins, medicines, household utensils and clothing on a regular basis. In December, in addition to the usual staff, we purchased very good Christmas gifts for all three orphanages.
The Orphanage in Orlovka received a camera, the Susan orphanage got a plastic slide for its smallest kids and the Svetly Put got a sofa set for their TV room. Besides, all children from the Orlovka and Susan received bags of sweets, and the children from the Svetly Put received bananas and oranges. What is very important, the kids of all three orphanages saw a Christmas story by our wonderful puppet theater.
- Pray for the continued support and cooperation of the government agencies.
- Pray for stability and peace in Kyrgyzstan
- Pray for growth and expansion of the LCC in Kyrgyzstan.
- Read more about the work of the LCMS and the LCC in Kyrgyzstan.