Author: Chloe H. is a seventh grader and on her first trip to Russia. She is traveling with her father, who is also making his first trip to Slobodskoy. Chloe celebrated her 13th birthday on Monday with a bunch of new Russian friends.
I want to tell you about one very special girl named Aloyna. I do not sponsor Aloyna, and did not know her at all before this trip, yet she showed unconditional love towards me. It began with Aloyna giving me a picture of her and her friends for no reason at all. I think that she was trying to say, “See? That’s me and those are my friends. Do you care about us? Everyone needs love in their life.”
But what really stunned me is that Aloyna gave me what is probably one of the only stuffed animals she owns. Aloyna heard that my birthday was the next day and decided to give me her stuffed goat. This blog is not just about this girl named Aloyna but all of the kids, too. They are all generous with even the few possessions they have.
We may be on a mission trip helping these children, but they are teaching us life lessons as well.