Our History

HOW DID IT ALL START?

Everything has started with a short and simple prayer: “Lord, what do we do with this dilapidated building?”

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17

In the wonderful book Lyabri (“shelter” in French), Edith Schaeffer wrote, “We strive to make our life and work show the existence of God.  In other words, we decided to base our life on prayer, to show everyone that God exists.  Prayer became the basis of our life…”  

Where did our building and Christian campus come from?  Originally, this place was an ancient manor of the 16th century.  Later it became a military base and in 1997 was made into a children’s recreation center.

The village of Imenin was first mentioned in written sources in 1519.  From 1584 to 1595 this part of the land belonged to a monastery.  In 1877, the estate became the property of Novomeysky.  The estate then goes through several owners until 1939, when it is made into a military base.  The farmstead included two stables (built in 1914), three barracks, a large two-story red brick building (built in 1901), and a pond.

In 1997, the military base gave the property to the Christian charitable mission “Emmanuel” in exchange for the construction of 18 houses for the resettlement of military families.  Thus began the history of the Christian children’s camp Zhemchuzhinka.

Throughout the lifetime of the children’s camp an unused building stood in the distance, waiting for its time.  In 2006, the Lord acted in different ways and through different people and this building would finally be used.  Brother Stephan Trubchik, a deacon of a church in Kobrin, started reconstruction.  Thanks to the generous donation of a fellow Christians from America the construction of the House of Mercy was in full swing. Also the local Belarusian family came to join the project.

After the House of Mercy was opened in June 2010, they worked on getting the necessary documentation before they had their first resident.  In the summer of 2012 the first resident moved in along with a core team of staff.

“All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.” Isaiah 28:29

It is impossible to describe all the different ways the Lord has used people to make the House of Mercy a reality on this website.  It is impossible to list all the names of those who have faithfully served and prayed for our ministry.  Currently, we have about 30 residents at the House of Mercy.  Many residents have moved into eternity from the House of Mercy, and for some it was and is the last chance to hear about the Savior Jesus Christ and believe in Him.

We hope and pray that the Lord will continue to keep his job, but he has a lot to accomplish through His obedient servants. Our desire is only to the name of God may be glorified!

“Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it,” Psalm 108: 27