Rusya’s Story

Rusya was found sifting through a garbage dump looking for potato peels to cook when she was five years old, and was taken to a local rescue shelter for orphans.  While staying in the government run center Rusya started coming to a weekly Bible club at the local church.

At 7 she was taken in by the newly married couple, Anya and Sergey, just a week after their wedding, and became the first of what would end up being a large family full of foster brothers and sisters.  This is one of the homes that First Love missionary Rosa Prough oversees.

Rusya was a natural leader and emulated the Christ-like example of her adoptive mother, serving alongside her in orphanages and summer camps. At 16 she made her own profession of faith and was baptized.

As Rusya grew into a young woman she was active in the youth group at church and began to lead Sunday School and work as a leader at various Christian summer camps. She graduated from trade school in 2018 and now ministers weekly leading Bible clubs in children shelters and surrounding villages. One of the clubs is held at the very shelter Rusya lived at when she was 5 years old.

This year she’ll be 21 and alongside her fiancé Kevin – a Christian she met in Germany a few years ago – will be married. They look forward to serving the Lord together.

First Love International

We are a non-denominational mission agency founded for the purpose of bringing love and hope to un-reached people residing in impoverished regions of the world.



At First Love we seek to “flesh out” the passion of Christ before a lost and dying world. In our ministries we have deliberately chosen to major on those whom the world might consider to be the minors.  And in that regard... our priority is to invest our greatest resources and energies on the least, because we recognize that whenever we reach out to the least of these, we do it for Jesus.


I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me...Jesus.

Matthew 25:40

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