(Unless You Are A Mature Christian Do Not Read The True Story Below)

TWO BABES IN A MANGER

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage. They relate the following story in their own words:

It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger.

Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored paper was available in the city.

Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia, were used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought from the United States.

The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about 6 years old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously.

For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately...until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said, "And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay.

I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift.

So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?"

And Jesus told me, "If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me."

"So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him...for always."

As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed.

The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him, someone who would stay with him...FOR ALWAYS. I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

~ Missionary Unknown ~

This webpage was not a joke, not was it a "fuzzy-touchy-feely" page to play upon your emotions. It is a true story, I have checked it out personally. I am stepping out of character as a Poet and just speaking as a man. If suffering children hurt your feelings then do not look any further down this page for I have added photographs of the children. But if you are a concerned Christian then please read further and pass this on to all your friends.

I, as a poet, author and brother Christian, expressly ask you to pray for these children, take your burdened heart before the Lord and ask His guidance in this matter of great concern for these children. Support your Church Denominational Foreign Missions Programs. Get envolved, prayer is a powerful force. And if God burdens your heart with this need then contact the link I have provided below and do what you can. Or if not these Russian children then click on the link at the bottom of this page and join "Save The Children."

Human Rights Watch has found that from the moment the state assumes their care, orphans in Russia—of whom 95 percent still have a living parent—are exposed to shocking levels of cruelty and neglect. Infants classified as disabled are segregated into "lying-down" rooms, where they are changed and fed but are bereft of stimulation and lacking in medical care. (Photos ©Kate Brooks)


Concerned About the Plight of Children in Russian Orphanages? Here Is Information About What You Can Do. Thank you for your interest in the findings of the Human Rights Watch report "Abandoned to the State: Cruelty and Neglect in Russian Orphanages." To assist you in your effort to improve the lives of abandoned children in Russia, we have compiled a list of suggested steps that you can take:

1. Urge Russia to change its policies
2. Support the United Nations in its efforts on behalf of orphans in Russia
3. Write U.S. Government officials
4. Contact European Union officials.
5. ContactHuman Rights Watch

2013 Update - Save The Children and Human Rights Watch still needs our support in many countries in Africa, the Middle East (Iraq) and around the world.

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