An orphan's life

Why do I minister to orphans? (Samuel Golub)  

Every Christian wants to do something for God with his life. Some make a point of being at church every Sunday and consider that their way of serving God. Others don’t limit themselves just to church attendance, but sing in the choir as well. That used to be me. 

However, I came to a point in my life when I decided that this kind of ‘ministry’ wasn’t enough for me. From that moment on, I began to actively seek opportunities to minister to others in Jesus’ name. God soon reminded me that it’s not the healthy that need healing, but the sick and suffering.

 I began to serve orphan children - they in particular have such a need for healing. They really need people to show them love, to give them warmth, to prove that they are cared for. I was overcome with amazement at how broken-hearted these children are. They really don’t need that much – they didn’t need for me to come to them overflowing with knowledge, ready to teach them Christian doctrines and fill their heads with theological facts. They just needed me to be their friend; they needed to see the love of Christ in my attitude and actions. I was also overwhelmed when children I’d only met a half hour before started calling me ‘Papa.’ When my eyes were truly opened to the depth of their needs, when I immersed myself in their world – their pain and their problems, the broken families they came from – I decided that this was the ministry that I needed to commit myself to. They needed someone to love them. I wanted to serve God. This was the way.

Samuel Golub,
Agape Teacher

An orphan's life

I like “Christian ethic” lessons … they tell us about mercifulness and God's love. I become much more peaceful and relived.

Diana 14 years old

I like lessons of “Christian ethic” very much. I’ve learned a lot about God. I wanted to know more and more about God.

Malvina

 

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