The church of Isfara serves among children families at risk in Isfara and the surrounding towns of Taboshar, Shurab and Kanibadam. Every weekend, a crowd of up to 20 children comes from Shurab to the church of Isfara. None of these kids comes from a „normal“ family. Their families break because of the poverty of the parents, due to unemployment and the terrible living conditions in Shurab, where people live without heating and without water. People need to buy every single drop of water. Absolute hopelessless is the reason for parents to perish in alcohol and drugs. Their children are hungry, and they lack basic hygiene. They try to survive on the streets and are on the edge of a criminal life. Rescuing them from this environment is the only chance for these kids.
In the church of Isfara they find that which is so unfamiliar to them – love and care, people who understand and listen, who feed them and give them an opportunity to wash themselves. In Bible lessons for kids they learn about Jesus Christ Who loves them and never leaves them alone, even in their greatest need.
Often, the kids stay for the weekend, because no-one cares for them in their own families. What a chance for the Christians to spend time with them and to plant God’s good Word in their hearts. Young people like Artyom and Faina are a fruit of this ministry today. When they were kids, they too were running to the church escaping from their violent drunk parents. Today, they are preparing for baptism. Artyom wants to become a church minister, Faina plans on leading the Sunday School for kids.