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Russian Orphans Visit East Texas

For five young girls and six little boys from Russia a day of horseback riding in Whitehouse is a very special treat.

"Would he like to be a cowboy one day?"

"Yes," says 11 year old Maxim through a translator.

For little boys like 11 year old Maxim, this is a dream come true.

"I feel freedom. I feel free," he says.

Maxim and the other children all live in orphanages in St. Petersburg. They've come to East Texas for a special holiday trip given to them thanks to the Night Light Christian Foundation and Adoptions program. Assistant Director Natasha Nechiporenko says the trip is transforming for the children.

"They stay with host families and it is there only opportunity to get one on one individual attention and really feel loved, because they can be taken care of at the orphanages, fed and clothed but they don't get enough attention," says Natasha Nechiporenko.

A day horseback riding is far different from a day in Russia for these kids.

"We play, we go to school, we get all together and go to museums and we take care of the younger ones," says Maxim through a translator.

The children can only stay in the orphanage until they are 16, then they are on their own. Many of them never get to know what family life is like, which is why Night Light has each child stay with a host family while here in Texas.

"We're hoping to help these kids have a goal in life and strive for better and see family can be good and a wonderful unit. Cause many of them just don't know it," says Natasha.

Many of the children often get adopted by host families after these trips as well. Making these annual trips to Texas life changing.

For more information about the Night Light program, adoptions or becoming a host family next year, call 817-427-3737 or at www.nightlight.com.

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