Orphan’s Tree is a nonprofit organization that is transforming the lives of older orphans, and those who partner with them. I have had the privilege of traveling to Russia three times with this ministry and I love how they partner with and support the local staff who are engaging these students on a daily basis. With a constant presence in Russia, Orphan’s Tree continues to deepen the relationships it has built with students over the years. Through constant love and compassion Orphan’s Tree is helping kids who are lost find a place of belonging. After coming home from my most recent trip to Kostroma I had the privilege of preaching at our church and sharing about our time at the ministry center. If you’d like to hear more you can find the sermon here: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-m38u2-bf94fa
A well organized effort with representation from 4 U.S. churches to help orphans. We conducted a one week camp for the orphans transitioning from the orphanages to technical school. The team included Americans, Russian staff from a ministry center for older orphans, interpretors, older orphans as mentors and 16 transitioning orphans.
I had the awesome opportunity to be part of our church missions team from Kentucky go to Kostroma, Russia through Orphan's Tree Ministry. What I learned from the staff and orphans has been phenomenal. They welcomed us and allowed us to be part of their lives and work along side of them for the week we were with them. I have been forever changed by this experience and know that our team has also been changed. May God bless this ministry and all that they do. Thank you for allowing us to be the hands and feet of Christ for the few short days we spent with everyone. Missing our Russian friends!!
This nonprofit has at its heart the welfare of each orphan graduate. They are equipping as many orphans as they can for life outside the orphanage. From simple budgeting tasks to actual activities that will help them survive. Orphans Tree provides hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. Probably the biggest service Orphans Tree provides is a family. They surround each orphan grad with loving acceptance, assistance, and a "place at their table". We hope to continue working with this great nonprofit organization.
I have volunteered with Orphans Tree since 2011, visiting a ministry center in Russia each year. Over the course of those years, I have learned to know many of the staff, both in the U. S. and in Russia, and some of the board members past and present and can say without reservation that each one that I have met has been dedicated to excellence in the way that they work in the organization and especially in how the ministry to older orphans is conducted in Russia. It is very easy to lose focus in this sort of work with its obstacles and difficulties and to look at easier spheres in which to operate, but Orphans Tree has stayed the course and kept the focus it needs to continue its valuable ministry. I have been encouraged by this dedication to the work, and plan to continue to volunteer with Orphans Tree for the foreseeable future.
I have been particularly impressed with the care that is taken to make sure that volunteer trips are well-organized, very well planned and carefully budgeted. This is especially evident in the case of contingencies that come up from time to time, and which need to be handled immediately. There is no truer test of a plan than to adapt it under pressure to rapidly changing circumstances. Medical emergencies, transportation breakdowns, last-minute schedule changes, misplaced passports, sudden shutdowns of hotels, and so forth; I have experienced some of these myself or with others and have seen them handled with grace and skill by the staff on the ground. The trip budgets are generally very accurate and are planned with some buffer for contingencies as well.
On a trip this past winter, I was invited to participate in a meeting discussing how the ministry centers can do more to engage the young men who come to the centers. Then, I traveled a second time to Russia in early June to help with running a sports camp for young men, which was one of the ideas that had come from that meeting. Getting a small glimpse into "how the sausage gets made" has cemented my appreciation for this organization, for the integrity and dedication of its staff, and for the way that it operates.
I was introduced to this non-profit through our Chaplin at Shalom Christian Academy, John Smith. He spoke to chapel of his association with Orphan's Tree and it's mission. It interested me three years ago when I first heard of the group and was so blessed to make a trip to Ivanovo this summer from June 6-15.
I was involved in the English Camp group which was super well organized and planned out with thorough lessons....thanks to Sue Marshall. All the Ministry Center volunteers were friendly, kind, and welcoming. The translators were super and very patient with us. The trip and experience were a blessing to me.
I was amazed how much my trip to Russia through Orphans Tree affected my life. We were there to build relationships with the orphan grads. Not only did we do this, but we also built relationships with the center staff and our translators. Some of these relationships will be lasting.
I am thankful the God adopts all of us into his family. Ephesians 1: 4-5 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do , and it gave him great pleasure. Russia, US, Canada, etc.....we are a part of his family.
Thank you Orphans Tree for this experience.
I have traveled through the this nonprofit organization on 3 different occasions working with Russian orphans.
I am very pleased with how this organization is run and the cooperation with the staff in the U.S. and in Russia.
The main goal is to bring the orphans in to a facility where they know they can get help from people who care about them. Having someone they can rely on through Orphans Tree is important as these orphans have been treated poorly and tossed aside in their culture.
I have seen so much positive feedback from these kids from the help that has been given.
Truly a much needed organization!!
I look forward to continuing to work with Orphans Tree now and in the future
Orphan's Tree supported a team of 15 individuals who ran an English language camp and a young men's camp in Ivanovo, Russia. The English camp had about 14 participants and the young men's camp had about 16 participants. The purpose of the young men's camp was to help prepare these young adults to make healthy lifestyle decisions while building relationships among the participants and with the team members. The entire trip was extremely well planned, and the translators and administrators at the center in Ivanovo were incredibly bright, dedicated, and caring. The one word I'd use to describe the experience was nurturing. The orphans watched out for each other in a very loving, caring way, and the staff there was very nurturing in their devotion to the young adults in their care and the entire Russian "family" that we worked with went out of their way to take care of us as a team and to encourage us, coach us, feed us, and to help us explore Russian culture in hopes of blessing us as much as we tried to bless them.
is as easy as learning to say hello,
as easy as sharing an awkward smile,
and as easy as reaching out
and taking hold of hands
you've never held before
forming a bridge
that spans an ocean.
I have made 4 trips with Orphans Tree and the impact we have on the orphans is huge...by us showing them love they are now starting to show others love...and the Orphans are giving back to their community....please consider supporting Orphans Tree if you want to make a difference in young peoples lives....they are so greatful for all we do for them.
Wow! What an opportunity! From minute one of day one....a fabulous experience! The staff, the other mission team members, the staff, the orphans...off the charts awesome!
That tells you I had a great time, but what I saw and experienced made it real! The planning, the investment, the leadership , the attention to detail....all that coupled with care, compassion, flexibility and constant exposure to new things. Orphan's tree didn't just invite me to come and give, they invested in me..gave me opportunity after opportunity to engage the orphans and the staff at the ministry center and the dacha and to learn. The interpreters were very competent and attentive. They were always present but not in an "in the way" manner. So helpful, patient and willing to teach! They knew I needed help before I did and would mysteriously show up on my left shoulder or at my right elbow and were ready to assist. The MC staff were on top of things....food prep, scheduling, classes, trips, etc. We had great conversations about their perspective on everything from Russian life to Religion. I've got the orphans in my heart and on my prayer list. My heart is with each one. I hope to see them each again, but I may never be able to, so with tears of loss and joy, all in one, I lift them to the Father. Such beautiful growing men and women with unique backgrounds that will help design and construct their future.
I'll conclude this by saying, I left part of my soul in Russia and I carry about 30 new people in my heart...16 of them are orphans by earthly standards but they've a great Father above that knows them personally and Orphan's Tree made it possible for me to meet them. Spasibo!
I traveled with Orphans Tree to the Kostroma Ministry Center, to work at the Graduates Camp for kids coming out of Orphanges or the Foster System to go College or Technical school. This is my second trip... I’m always amaze how something seems to happen that says yes I’m glad I came. I want to focus on one of these... the connections we make... This year I got to reconnect with a couple of kids I connected with last year. One of the Boys had really gotten involved with volunteering his time... I was really please and proud of him for the volunteer work he had been doing through the Ministry Center, however I also found out that he had struggle his first year at school... Missing a lot of classes! The team at Ministry Center is amazing and is always there for the kids and have come along side to make some suggestions to him about returning to the orphange for a year to give him time to regroup. But he chose to move to a different Tech school. I got to talk with him about his volunteer work and how proud I was of him and how I had been hearing good things about him. But I also was able to talk with him about the importance of school and balancing his time between volunteering and getting his school work done. At first he seemed a little defensive... he’s the type that doesn’t like to be told what to do, however I made the comment that I knew he could do much better and he relaxed and agreed. I promise him I would check up on how he was doing and he was receptive to this and seemed happy that I would do so. I think he was happy to know that some one else cared... The point... nurturing connections we have made... it’s these little connections we make that I hope that God will use to change these kids lives... to draw them to Himself.
At Orphan’s Tree I’ve consistently found incredible, compassionate, dedicated, kind and loving volunteers who freely and generously give of their time, talents and resources to help young orphans in Russia.
Orphan's Tree is a wonderful nonprofit making a huge impact in the lives of Russian Orphans. I have had the privilege of volunteering with Orphan's Tree in two of the ministry centers and it was a life changing experience. I had no idea how much they do for the young adults who have grown up in orphanages. I fully support them and am currently in the process of planning another trip with them!
Orphan's Tree Ministry is a perfect outreach for my husband and I to partner with. We both grew up in large families and know the value of children and community. Although, we've never traveled to Russia, there are plenty of ways to be involved with Orphan’s Tree locally. It is a grass roots ministry where they know us by name and in turn, they know and care for our family. We share the global vision that every child is worthy of love! Orphan's Tree is committed to loving children well!
My husband and I just returned home from a trip to Russia with Orphan’s Tree. From the beginning of planning nearly a year ago until now, our experience has been wonderful. Not only do we believe we completed the purpose of the trip, to support staff at Orphan Tree’s Ministry Center’s acclimate aging-out orphans to their new home in a large city technical school, but we felt very prepared for the trip’s potential challenges. Conference calls with our more experienced team members, numerous emails from the CEO, articles and books provided by a board member all helped us prepare our minds and hearts for the trip. Finally, the last couple days of the trip provided us with the opportunity to tour Moscow, eat traditional food, and see the Kostroma Ballet! The only unknown about our trip is how the young people we met will respond to the opportunity to complete school If they all do well, I will feel this trip has been perfect. Our hope is that we will get the chance to travel with Orphan’s Tree on a regular basis.
I recently traveled to the Kostroma Ministry Center to help with the orientation camp. My favorite part was making crafts with the teens. It was fun to discover that Russian teens are a lot like me and my friends. We spent time teaching the teens how to spend their money wisely, have good hygiene and cook. I'm glad I got to go and I would love to go back again!
This organization reaches vulnerable young adults as they are thrust into the world as they age out of Russian orphanages with few skills to navigate. They provide support, training and love so that the orphans will not feel alone.
I’ve been volunteering with Orphan’s Tree since year 2000. The reason I stay involved is because no one takes better care of needs of orphans than Orphans Tree.
They are well organized with specific goals in mind, no donation is wasted and both the lives of Americans and orphans are being changed.
If you ever wondered why you are on this earth, you will find out as you serve “the least of these,” through Orphans Tree.
I went on a mission trip with this organization and the work they did was amazing. Kids come out of orphanages never having made a meal or a dentist appointment. There's no place for them to go to learn basic life skills. Orphan's Tree guides them and gives them a safe place. These young adults are loved and accepted by Orphan's Tree. It was fun to see the amazing success stories that come from their work. I can't imagine an organization spending their money more wisely. They truly put their heart in to their work and make a difference in the lives of orphans and that impacts future generations as well. Your support will make these kids better parents, more employable and happier, healthier members of society.