The church of Isfara specifically serves children from at risk homes 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 them come from a “normal” family. Their homes are broken because of the poverty of the parents, due to unemployment and the terrible living conditions in Shurab, where people live without heating and even without water. People need to buy every single drop of water. Absolute hopelessless is the reason their parents run to and perish in alcohol and drugs. Their children are hungry, and lack basic hygiene. They try to survive on the streets and live on the edge of a criminal life. The only chance these children have lies in the effort of others to rescue them.
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 written for children, they learn about Jesus Christ Who loves them and never leaves them alone, even in their greatest need.
Often, they 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 Children they too were running to the church to escape from their violent drunk parents. Today, they are preparing for baptism. Artyom wants to become a church minister and Faina plans on leading the children’s Sunday School.