‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Giving Anya Hope

Most recent photo of Anya
My friend Svetlana met with Anya's 'traumatologist.' I was so grateful to get some news directly from him. Sadly, the news is not good. He says the bone is destroyed and cannot be fixed, and that they had to move Anya into the ER to keep her from getting another infection. (The ER is more sanitary, he said.) He said she has a very weakened immune system and that he will provide ANY documentation needed for a medical visa to get her treated here in the US as soon as possible.

If you are so inclined, you can do a few things for Anya:

1. PRAY THAT WE GET HER HERE ASAP! I am applying for Humanitarian Parole today in Anya's behalf, even though I have been told for 6 years that she is not eligible. I am being told that now she qualifies. (Who knew a gunshot wound would be good for something?) I have a wonderful woman at CCAI in Washington helping, as well as some contacts at the State Dept. Pray for them, too. Pray that they find the swiftest and easiest paths to get Anya's visa approved as soon as possible, and that all things related to this move SWIFTLY AND SURELY.

2. Help give Anya hope in the meantime. Even if things move swiftly, she will likely be stuck in the hospital there for months. She needs inspiration and lots of love! Will you send a card? Here is my address. You can send cards to Anya and I will make sure they get to her in the fastest possible time. If we cannot get Anya here by September, I am going to fly over there myself. (I cannot fly safely right now as you all probably know) Please send any cards or letters (IN RUSSIAN or with a Russian translation provided) to:

ANYA TUROVININA (Аня Туровинина)




Anya loves photos, so please feel free to include a photo of yourself, your family, or something beautiful to inspire her!

3. If you know anyone flying directly to Kemerovo in the next 2 weeks, please give them my contact info. I would love to send things with them for Anya. Her hospital is located right downtown, on the same street as the Kuzbass Hotel. It would be easy for any visitor to find.

Anya's first driving lesson. We had JUST payed off the driving school
and she had had only 2 weeks of lessons when she was shot.
It was her biggest dream to get her license.


  1. I am praying she will be home soon, and she WILL learn to drive - here in the US! Will send a card with pics and keep praying. Wish there was more I could do to help!

  2. Anonymous9:12 AM

    I don't speak Russian, but I am a decent photographer. I will send her/you some photos with some rough Russian translations (Google will work, right?).

    My thoughts are with you and her during this rough time!!

  3. WOW! Now she qualifies! That is awesome! The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. Better to lose a foot than your life.

  4. Kerri,
    I reached out to our birth family searcher as she has a group that may be in Kemerovo in the next coming weeks. I don't know if they can help, but I thought I would try.
    Her name is Mary. I gave her your blog so she can contact you if she can help.
    Many prayers coming your way.

  5. she looks cute in the car.
    and whoever would have thought that this is what it would take to get humanitarian parole. i get it, that people who are in danger in warzones get it... but the streets are as much a warzone as anywhere else if you're an orphan.

    i hope she's keeping it together.
    praying for all of you.

    how is nas?

  6. I speak Russian and can translate from and into, just let me know how I can help.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  7. Oh Keri, Love that you hope. Hope in all things and He will get you through. I knew that if anyone could you would find the blessing in a gunshot wound. Hope Anya gets to come to America. Blessings.

  8. Praying for a miracle. She can still drive, she'll need a prosthetic, but it is possible. Am praying that you can bring her home.


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