An orphan's life

Why am I in orphan ministry?  (D. Voitovich) 

To start with, I want just want to share how I became involved with the work of Agape Ministries. It’s quite simple, really – I was invited to an Agape “Friends Club” in Rovno. I really enjoyed my time there, and I got to know Agape folks who were involved in full-time orphan ministry… and they suggested that I give it a try myself!

Before that evening, 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 had not even the slightest notion that God could use me to serve orphans!

I want to serve these children because I want to become a real friend for them; I want to share with them about my God and what tremendous love he has for each one of them; I want to tell them that they have a Heavenly Father who is waiting for them with open arms and will never leave them, never abandon them!

I’ve come to see that these orphans are just like any other children – they need true friendship and unwavering support, two things that there is simply a chronic lack of in the orphanage. 

I want, more than anything else, for God to be glorified in my ministry to orphan children… and for them to find in him a loving father, saviour and friend.  

Dmitri Voitovich,

     Agape teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

An orphan's life

 

I want to demonstrate to them that they are not alone, not rejected – and that they are precious to God, and to us

 

 

Soon Agape Ministries will celebrate it's 10th anniversary.  In some ways it seems like a long time, in others, not long at all. When we stop to consider -  the tears and laughter, the heights of joy and depths of despair...it's by God’s grace we have learned and grown through it all.

 

I attend “Christian ethic” lessons and I like lessons about God and His love very much. I forgive those who offended me because God commended to do so...

Ivana, 14 years old

A story from one of Agape’s adaptation centers...  Yana had a very rough childhood, and she has long suffered from loneliness and poor self-esteem. 
The past several months have not been easy for us. Yana has really put a lot of time and energy into searching for a job, but she has been turned down at every single place where she applied for work...

 I looked up and saw Egor himself running toward me full-tilt, his face glowing.  He ran up, yelling at the top of his lungs "I found it! I found it!" I was confused..."What did you find, Egor?" I asked. "I found a family!!