When I was in middle school I saw a video at church about the work people were doing to help children in Russian orphanages. I sat there in tears, saddened by the thought of how lonely and scared those kids might be. I don’t know if that was the exact moment my love for Russia began, but I’ll never forget that video.
I helped by donating to the orphanages but hoped to some day be able to serve in a Russian orphanage or even to adopt someday. In college I decided to study the Russian language, in hopes that some of those dreams and wishes would some day come true.
After graduation, I did what most recent grads do and looked for a full time job. Somewhere in the mix, I began to lose my heart and passion for serving in Russia.
Last night, while watching the documentary Blood Brother, I was overcome by just how selfish I’ve become. I wake up, go to work, plan activities for me and my family, and spend money on plenty of things I don’t need. What ever happened to my drive to help and serve children in orphanages?
Blood Brother, a Sundance award winning documentary, follows Rocky Braat on his journey to help children with HIV in India. I met Rocky and the film’s director Steve Hoover while in college, so the film impacted me that much more. It is by far one of the best documentaries I have ever seen!
To see the sacrifice and the heart not only of Rocky but of the children living with HIV was just incredible. Even as I write this I can’t help but cry at the thought of those beautiful children.
Blood Brother follows Rocky on his journey to India, his return to the United States for a short time, and his decision to give up everything in order to have everything his heart desired. To watch Rocky give himself to the children and to India took my breath away.
Blood Brother is being shown in cities around the nation and I can not emphasize enough how amazing this film is. You will never regret seeing it!
Rocky and the children reminded me of my love for Russia and children living in orphanages. It has been hard to recognize how self focused I’ve become but it reminded me that help is always needed and it’s never too late. I’ve been saying for years that I want to get involved around DC and now is the time! Time to sacrifice more and to help those around me.
Rocky and his story have changed me. It reminded me of the person I always wanted to be and how far I’ve swerved from that path. As I’ve always said, every person has a beautiful story, you just have to take a minute to listen…
All Filmmaker Proceeds Are Donated to the Children Seen in the Film and to HIV/AIDS Initiatives!
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