A Forgotten Cell Phone Leads to a Divine Encounter

Sergei with Polina and other children in her orphanage.

When Sergei K of the Slavic Gospel Association-supported Orphans Reborn Ministry in Belarus visits an orphanage, he usually brings along his camera and smartphone.

“I’m usually always ready to take pictures with the kids. This was not the case on my last visit. I was putting things together in a hurry on my way to the orphanage and believed that my smartphone was in my bag, and took my camera just in case. I loaded my car with fruit and candy, and left for the orphanage,” he wrote in a ministry update.

“We had a wonderful time of ministry with the children reading the Bible, and they told me stories of their lives. We laughed together as they told of funny situations and prayed for their parents.

“In the end, I passed out the treats and set the camera to take pictures. The camera took three automatic snapshots and it seemed everything was fine. I was so disappointed later when I checked and found that no photos had been taken. I had forgotten to put in the SD card—my camera did not have its own memory, so the pictures were not saved. I decided to use my smartphone instead but didn’t find that in my bag either. I asked the Lord, ‘Why? Why did this happen?’

“At that moment, I did not realize that God was working His plan in the life of a girl who was not yet at the shelter.”

Several days later, Sergei picked up his smartphone, bought things for the kids, and left again for the shelter.

“When I arrived, I noticed a girl who wasn’t at the orphanage on my previous visit. She seemed familiar. She was gloomy and tried to keep away from us. I decided to get to know her and to have a conversation,” he said.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland

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