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There’s no such thing as too much Joy!

The Christmas season of 2013 brought a great deal of joy to around 5000 children in many orphanages of Ukraine.

In a project initiated by Agape Ministries, 18 ministry teams from churches in 7 regions of Ukraine were able to visit 52 orphanages with Christmas programs and gifts.

The programs included a Christmas play, songs, games and Christmas presents - in short, everything that kids love.

 

 

 “I really, really liked the Christmas play! It was so cool - really, it was so well done that it seemed to me that I had been immersed in Bible times, when it all happened. It was just wonderful - thank you so much! ”  Karina, 15yo. - Rovno, Ukraine

“We’re always overjoyed to have visitors. It’s so nice that people remember us. When a team comes to see us, it’s almost seems like God himself has come to visit. Thank you so much! You are our friends and we’re always glad to see you.”
Valya, 16yo. - Kherson region, Ukraine 

“I always really look forward to holidays, and Christmas is one I especially like. It’s Jesus’ birthday, after all, and it’s always fun when someone has a birthday. Christmas is a special time when you experience warm feelings and tenderheartedness, a time when you can really feel your heart is at peace. It becomes not really so important that you’re stuck in the orphanage over the holidays and no one’s waiting for you to come home over the Christmas break. The presence of God himself fills everything and you heart and soul sense this. Joy and tears of thanksgiving fill your heart to bursting... not really something you can put into words. Praise God for His goodness.”    Olya, 14yo. - Zaporozhye, Ukraine

“It’s great just being with you all. Come see us more often - even without presents. We’ll miss you.”  Alyona, 10yo. - Nikolayev, Ukraine

“We just thank God for giving us such kind friends who visit us and encourage and support us, put on wonderful plays for us and love us. Thanks so much, from all of us!”                      Nastya, 14yo. - Kherson region, Ukraine

“A huge thank you to you all! Your program was very helpful, not only for the children, but even more for us grown-ups, I would say.”
Maria Aleksandrovna, care provider - Krivoi Rog, Ukraine

“Thank you for coming to visit us. These times of fellowship and interaction are very important for our kids here. These visits bring them so many positive and uplifting feelings. The children are always overjoyed to have visitors and to be able just to spend time with people like you all. We are grateful that you remember our needs and visit us so regularly, giving these children the love they need so much.”   Tatiana Grigoryevna, director - Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine

 

This is just a small part of the excitement and appreciation we saw in the children as teams of volunteers from local churches visited orphanages with Christmas programs Agape Ministries helped organize. Praise God that He gave us this opportunity to work together in bringing joy to these children’s lives, showering them with attention and love.

 

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