HER SHATTERED LIFE, MADE NEW
Her family disowned and abused her when she converted to Orthodoxy. But your kindness let her find a new family within the Church.
When Elizaveta stood up to her family’s matriarch and refused to have a Bat Mitzvah because she had converted to Orthodoxy, the family disowned her. She suffered physical and verbal abuse, and was homeless twice. She had been beaten, thrown out of the house, and called “a curse on her family.”
Thirteen years after her conversion, 26 y.o. Elizaveta tries to satisfy her thirst for the Truth. She fills her days with church, teaching Sunday school, and attending as many Orthodox events she can. Because for her, there is no life outside of Orthodoxy.
But at Orthodox youth events there is so much more at offer! We met Elizaveta at the XIIIth All-Diaspora Youth Conference in San Francisco this July.
Thanks to your generosity, she and 150 young people like her from 11 different countries participated in church services, lectures, discussions and workshops. They attended a soup kitchen for the homeless and the needy, and a home for the elderly. The idea of the conference was to unite Orthodox youth around themes of charity and mercy.
“My tithe to the Church is raising the children, preparing them to take self-motivated responsibility of the faith by picking up the cross and following Christ …no matter the circumstances, no matter how difficult… And to bring the love of our Lord to their neighbors one heart at a time.”
Thank you for caring for the next generation of Russian Orthodox Christians!
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