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Life story of an orphan Ira

This is my calling - to give people the message of salvation, give them my love, attention and care.

My name is Ira. I was born in a small town in the region of Kherson and I was the 4th child in our family. Being the smallest and loved by all, I was truly “daddy's little girl.” I had a big friendly family and many friends. Life was wonderful. I was completely happy. But the enemy does not sleep. When I was 8 years old, a family tragedy knocked at our door. Everything started with a different man appearing with my mom. More and more often she was not home. Even when she was there was constant conflict between my mother and father. It all ended in divorce.

Since we (the children) remained with our mother our father left. He began to drink. The new man, my mother's lover appeared in our home. We couldn't even call him our stepfather because shortly he insisted that we were sent to an orphanage. With both parents alive we become orphans. I felt that I could never return home. I always felt like an unwelcome guest. Our mother gave more attention to this man. But my deepest pain was the death of my father, the closest person to me who was killed. I began to hate my stepfather more. It was his fault that the family split up. I hated him and blamed all my troubles on him. And he reciprocated.

Despite the fact that I have had good relationships with classmates and that we have had excellent teachers, there is that sense that you are from an orphanage and it always gave me a feeling of loneliness, inadequacy and lead to being disheartened. I did not want to think about the future it always seemed so gray, inconspicuous, like it was nothing.

But, as difficult as it was in the orphanage, I am thankful to God for this period, because that's where I first learned of God. I learned about the God who loves me, who cares about me and will never betray me. A God, who wants to be my best friend and Father.

But, as difficult as it was in the orphanage, I am thankful to God for this period, because that's where I first learned of God. I learned about the God who loves me, who cares about me and will never betray me. A God, who wants to be my best friend and Father.

Our orphanage was attended by Christians, Natasha and Sergei. These were teachers from the mission "Agape". They told us how much we are loved by our Heavenly Father. But most importantly, they showed this with their lives, gave us the light and became a model of Christianity. Their love for us, kindness, and long discussions over a cup of tea in their apartment, sowed hope in my heart that there is a way out and that life goes on. That the Lord - is not a myth, he is real, and only with him a person can be happy on earth.

After high school I went to college to study. The mission of "Agape" further continued to care for me. They supported me financially and also helped me with housing. I began to live in an adaptation center "Esther." But, more importantly, the staff became my new family. How I thank God that He chose me among thousands. For it is to his credit. It is he who led me this way, it is He who told the employees of the mission of me, and He has worked in my heart. The time had come when I realized that I needed forgiveness and salvation. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and soon entered into a covenant with Him.

this is how I want to live my life, this is my calling - to give people the message of salvation, give them my love, attention and care.

Last summer, the year of 2010, was amazing for me. I became a missionary myself! My girlfriend and sister in Lord, Oksana and I went to one of the villages in the Mykolaiv region and served the children and older ladies. Generally we evangelized. But, most importantly, I had the realization that each day you devote to God and serve Him. This always brought joy and a peace to my heart and I realized:

this is how I want to live my life, this is my calling - to give people the message of salvation, give them my love, attention and care. In the summer of 2010 there was a youth conference in Malyne, where the theme was: "Here am I. Send me." For me, it was confirmation of where God wants me.

Currently I am a student of Ternopil missionary institute. In two months I'm leaving on a mission and will work among Muslims in Kyrgyzstan. My thankful prayer is directed to God for those people who helped me financially to go to this institution as well as the arrangement of future plans. I pray that He uses me for His kingdom, that through my life are embodied His intentions. I want to bring the light to the Muslim nation and to take His love to these people, which they so badly need. I pray that this nation knows the Lord and praises Him always.

 

Ira Gritsev