Note: Names and locations have been changed for safety purposes.

The Harbor in St. Petersburg, Russia recently shared a couple of great news/updates that have happened in the past two months. It’s refreshing to see the good when we are constantly bombarded with the bad as this pandemic is the center of all news. Take the opportunity to read through these stories and rest in thankfulness and joy for our friends in Russia!


“A graduate of The Harbor recently got married! When Gia, the bride, came to The Harbor, she was already a believer because she was adopted by a Russian, Christian Baptist family at the age of 12. However, when Gia came to The Harbor, she was still confused about certain aspects of God, His unconditional love and forgiveness. She learned a lot and transformed beautifully.
Gia and her husband on their wedding day
Gia desired to become a hairdresser, and her dream came true! She even got special qualification in specializing in different types of hair because she is a Russian-Korean decent and Korean people have different type of hair than the Slavs – the Russians do. Gia wanted to become a hairdresser so that she could do people’s hair, which makes them pretty or beautiful, but also at the same time to tell them about the love of God. A great desire and a wonderful mission.”

Jesus and Soccer

“The Harbor soccer program recently celebrated its 4th anniversary! Now, this club has been involved with The Harbor for 1.5 years under the program known as “Jesus and Soccer”. The group gathered at the training center to reflect on the accomplishments that they have since its opening. It is a joy to see the next generation among former orphans who are now educated, employed, believers, transformed and happy because someone believed in them and gave them a chance to play soccer and be mentored at the same time.”
Jesus and Soccer Outreach

Orphan World Relief is grateful for The Harbor and its mission to help kids and young adults in St. Petersburg. Prayers for wisdom and guidance throughout this difficult time would be appreciated.

For more information on Orphan World Relief and programs like The Harbor, visit

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