An orphan's life

Why do I minister to orphans? (Anastasiya Simonchuk)  

From the time I was a child myself, I dreamed of working with orphan children. When I first heard about Agape Ministries, I immediately knew that this was just what I was looking for!  I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to serving these needy and wonderful children. I was already with children constantly as it was, just because I love them so much.

 

 Every child from the orphanage has always seemed to me (and still does) to be a whole unique world in and of himself. His eyes, his voice, his hugs - are all sincere, unrehearsed and unique.

These children inspire me and often bring great joy to my heart, giving me new life, as it were, when I begin to lose heart or grow weary in ministry. As I sit with them and share their sorrows and joys, I am amazed again and again. It seems like there's a whole universe in the tears of a child, I find my self in wonder again at the world around me, trying to do away with old stereotypes, re-imagining possibilities and learning to be brave enough to dream as I watch this child beside me. 

Those moments - beautiful, life-giving moments, are what give me strength to go on, making my problems seem so small, and make it well worthwhile to visit the orphanage.

 

I am infinitely grateful to God for Agape Ministries, so grateful that as we minister together, our dreams are truly becoming reality!

Anastasiya Simonchuk, 
Agape Teacher

An orphan's life

 

Anya stayed after class recently. She wanted to walk me home. She had something weighing on her heart that she really wanted to talk about... 

 

   

After the lesson, everyone raced off, leaving Lyuda behind. Lyuda is an open, tenderhearted girl, very sensitive and easily hurt. She asked very politely how I was doing, and despite her shyness and discomfort, struck up a conversation...

God wants us to believe in Him. God wants to help us. Every lesson we learn more and more about Him

 
 

 

Orphan ministry had crossed my mind once in a while, but more as an abstract idea. Sure, it was something that was worth doing, but I didn't have the slightest notion that God could use me...

 

 

I, Dima Tedeyev, was born on September 11, 1995 in Orenburg, Russia.

Soon after, when I’d just turned 3 years old, my mother took my sister and me and moved to Ukraine, in pursuit of personal happiness...