No Matter How Much I Wanted it, I Couldn’t Help Them
I wanted to help my daughter’s friends that we had to leave behind in Far East, Russia. What I hoped for wasn’t to be. Sabre rattling between the U.S. and Russia stopped any U.S. based charity expansion or creation in Russia. I was heartbroken and I truly wondered if God had forgotten the children in those orphanages. Then, a friend suggested that we start the program in the Republic of Georgia, another former Soviet State. Those weren’t the children I loved, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I remember praying to God and telling Him I would help the children He loved, while pleading with Him to help the ones that I loved. The name of the organization we created is called Ele Lembra (El-Lay Lem-Brah). It means “He Remembers” in the Portuguese language. I am now confident that God does remember all children. He helps them through normal, everyday people like you and me.
Dasha, Maxim, Jenya, Natasha, Igor, Kseya, and all of the others who are just as important to me, but whose names I can’t recall; I am so sorry that I couldn’t help you. It was something I wanted to do more than almost anything I have ever wanted in my life. In your honor I will help others like you, and I will pray that God follows you, and helps you far more than I ever could have. Your faces are burned into my mind. You friendships are one of my greatest treasures. I will never forget you.
Tens of Thousands of Dollars
Have been contributed by my family to help orphans and disadvantaged youth,
in honor of my young friends from Far East, Russia