Reaching Orphan Children for the Kingdom
ROCK (Reaching Orphan Children for the Kingdom) Partnership is about uniting churches with Russian orphanages to bring both physical aid and, most importantly, the Gospel message to lost and lonely children. Currently, there are approximately 2,000 over-crowded orphanages throughout the former Soviet Union that are in desperate need of help and the Truth.
Although 2,000 orphanages seems like an insurmountable task, God has done miraculous things one church at a time adopting one orphanage at a time. The partnering church (the TEAR ROCK Partner) sends short term mission teams directly into their orphanage to minister in various and creative ways to the children and adults who so fiercely need God's love and our help.
The TEAR ministry will enable these teams by providing governmental approval, translation resources, visas, and logistics support.
Please prayerfully consider your home church becoming a TEAR ROCK Partner and contact us to get more information. If God leads you to get involved, not only will it have a major impact in Russia, but it will change the lives of those reaching out...which will impact your church body as well.
"He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Luke 10:2
An American church is partnered with a Russian orphanage.
Help is provided to the "adopted" orphanage by short-term "vision" trips.
The Needs Abound:
And MUCH More!
Since 1994 TEAR founder and president, Leo Semenov has lead over 1,500 Americans from more than 50 churches and schools to his native homeland of Russia, with the purpose of spreading the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Russian people. TEAR construction teams serve the needs of Russian orphanages and churches by supplying manpower and materials to improve existing facilities.
Mission teams travel bearing much-needed medical supplies and professional care; while teaching teams conduct seminars to aid Christian growth of Russian believers and to encourage and train local pastors and their congregations. Vacation Bible Schools and musical events are conducted in orphanages, churches or among the community at large.
Participating Churches and Partnerships
Byfield Parish Church
Dr. William E. Boyan, Senior Pastor
P.O. Box 335
Georgetown, MA 01833
Central United Methodist Church
Rob Blackburn, Senior Pastor
27 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
First Baptist Church of Hendersonville
Glenn Weekley, Senior Pastor
106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Dr. Johnny Hunt, Senior Pastor
11905 Highway 92
Woodstock, GA 30188
Hopewell Baptist Church
Norman R. Hunt, Senior Pastor
75 Ridge Road
Canton, GA 30114
In Honor of Betty & Bobby Hamil
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
Dr. Douglas G. New, Senior Pastor
Kathy Parsons, Director of Missions
694 Mt. Pleasant Church Road
Carrollton, GA 30116
New Life Christian Fellowship
Steve Watson, Senior Pastor
P.O. Box 1063
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Poplar Springs Baptist Church
Bill Gardner, Senior Pastor
897 Poplar Springs Road
Dalton, GA 30720
Rusty Hayes, Senior Pastor
855 Northbrook Pkwy.
Suwanee, GA 30024
Shorter Avenue Baptist Church
Jon Sullivan, Senior Pastor
1410 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
Project My Child was created to support the life-changing work of our ROCK Partners. It is similar to the ROCK Partner concept but on an individual level. Project My Child allows an individual person to "adopt" an individual orphan and address his or her individual needs. Sadly, statistics suggest that 93% of all Russian orphans have no place to go upon graduation from the orphanage. Despite their efforts to avoid it, many orphans are recruited by the Russian mafia and enslaved in prostitution and drug trafficking.
In Russia, it costs only $500 annually to send a child to an institution of higher learning. For just $25 per month, a Christian can make a pivotal investment in the life of a child. Your contribution will enable the orphan to have a viable alternative to the mafia by realistically providing the resources necessary for your child to obtain a marketable education. You will also be meeting many of your child's physical needs along the way.
Please prayerfully consider supporting a child who desperately needs hope for a brighter future.
"Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27
Fantasies to Faith Art Contest
One of the many things that TEAR has done as a way to reach the orphans in Russia is to hold a Christmas Art contest for them. Each year, over 50,000 children from orphanages all across Russia participate! The top 10 winners of the contest win a trip to the United States to celebrate Christmas in the home of an American family.
The TEAR website reports that the top 150 paintings have been displayed in the Moscow Art Museum for several years. Their website also conveys that multiple orphanage directors have expressed a great improvement in the attitudes, behaviors, and even grades of the children who participate. They become motivated, experience a sense of purpose, and most importantly are in the Word of God in preparation for their project.
Each child must read the Bible for himself or herself to determine the true meaning of Christmas. They are then to create a painting and write a short essay explaining their artistic point of view of what they have learned.
The results have been astounding, to say the least.