Priest Seraphim Holland requests your help and prayers
- My family has adopted two children, who were born in Russia. They have been
with us 1.5 years; we adopted them after meeting them through the auspices
of a Texas Child Protective Services case-worker. They were severely
neglected in Russia, because both of their parent were severe alcoholics
and drug users. They were subsequently put in a Russian orphanage, where
they suffered various forms of physical and sexual abuse. They were later
adopted by a psychopath, who severely abused them in every way, until the
State of Texas finally became aware of the situation, and removed them from
the home. The abuse of the mother even caused the death or their youngest
sister. The children witnessed all of the abuse that led to their sister's
After the parental rights of the American couple were terminated, we
They are kids with EXTREME emotional needs. My family is being torn apart
by the pressures, and I am under great pressure, from many quarters, to
terminate my parental involvement. God has adopted us, and we are His sons,
and I look at the adoption of these children with this dogma firmly in
mind. I am desperately trying to avoid something that many people are
telling me is inevitable.
I have some requests:.
Please pray for these children, Andrew and Oksana, and all of my family, if
Please add my family to your dyptichs, to be commemorated in all the Divine
Liturgies in your parish.
Please contact me if you know of an Orthodox Christian home, with a very
stable family, and normal people, who might be able to adopt these
children. My family has young children - a prospective family should not
have young children!
I am reaching the end of my rope, and want to explore all options, but
especially beg your prayers for my family, so that, somehow, Andrew and
Oksana may live with us, our hurting family may have no lasting damage, and
we may prosper.
IF ANY OF MY PARISHIONERS ARE ON THIS LIST, PLEASE KEEP THIS INFORMATION
CONFIDENTIAL IN THE PARISH. ANDREW AND OKSANSA SHOULD NOT BE TOLD ABOUT OUR
STRUGGLES. I hope that they will prosper in our home, and never know the
intimate details of the decisions that my wife and I daily anguish over.
Priest Seraphim and Marina Holland
Christina - 18
Timothy - 14
Natalie - 11
*Andrew -10 and Oksana - 9
Daniel - 5.5