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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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