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KidsMPPC has been involved in a ministry to children at the Ribnoe Orphanage in Russia for over 13 years.  The Ribnoe orphanage is located approximately three hours south of Moscow, and houses about 150 children.  The orphans in Ribnoe are ages 3 to 18, and about 90% of them are social orphans, wards of the state.  They have been taken from parents who are criminals, drug addicts, or who have been neglecting/abusing their children. 
 
Throughout the years, volunteers from our congregation have held summer and winter camps at the orphanage where we can interact with the kids, bringing lots of fun and hugs and the message of Christ.  Additionally, our church has been key in providing financial support for several programs, including a computer lab, English classes, and vocational training.  They now have a lifeskills program in place that helps kids prepare for life outside the orphanage.  Lifeskills programs are critical because Russian orphans are sent back into society at age 18, and some as early as 16, with little support.  They typically only have access to training that will prepare them for at best, menial jobs.  Many orphans become involved in crime or prostitution; 10% commit suicide. 
 
Through the help of MPPC many orphan graduates are finding a better future.  Recent graduates have obtained chef's training, access to officer training school in the Russian army, and acceptance to a local university in English classes.  These are major accomplishments for any Russian student and dramatically more so for orphans who are generally treated as lower class citizens in Russia
 
During our trip to Ribnoe this summer, we will once again minister to about 40 orphans.  The camp program is a brief source of joy and hope.  In the past we have primarily interacted with younger children, ages 6 through 14, however this trip the kids joining us for camp are older from 8-18.  There will be quite a few teenagers which gives us a great opportunity to spend time and share with the older kids.  Within 2 short weeks, we will make many new friendships, renew existing friendships, and have an opportunity to manifest Christ's presence.