Olga Kharitonova is Head of Translation for Yamal-LNG in Moscow, Russia, and is part of a team working to develop oil exploration and extraction in the Artic Circle. In addition to her professional career, she has overseen orphan programs in Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk, Russia. She has also traveled to Novosibirsk, Russia, to assist in the training and development of Russian Mentors with YouthReach International.
I believe YouthReach International is uniquely poised to meet the most neglected needs of orphans in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus because they have years of experience in meaningful mission work in the Russian culture. They have worked hard to build and maintain a close network with the Russian speaking local staff and community of mentors they have built. Being local, being Russian, and being fully committed, that group of mentors is capable of relating to the kids and willing to dedicate their time to seeing them grow both in the skills necessary for success in life as well as and most importantly faith in life. Their efforts are to build long-term relationships with them and serve them as role models. These are the chief things that make YouthReach International uniquely able to meet the needs of the orphans they serve.
The reason I believe that partnering with YouthReach International is sound stewardship of my God given resources is because doing so affirms in me what I see proclaimed by God – that there is nothing more precious to God than a human life. Partnering with YouthReach International provides us with a unique opportunity to make a difference in a life of a neglected child and forever change their destiny through introducing them to a Christian family.
It is encouraging to know that Russian Christians, who carry a deep and unique burden for Russian orphans, believe in the ministry of YouthReach International enough to be financial partners. As you continue to read these profiles, meet these dear people, and plan your year end giving, please keep our ministry in mind. Thank you again.
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