An orphan's life

Why am I in orphan ministry? (O. Zamorskaya)  

Sometimes feelings of loneliness are strong enough to make you wish you were dead! For children who grow up in orphanages, those feelings are what they live with, day in and day out…

I find each one of these children enigmatic, living with the pain of loneliness as they do. Each one of them has had a hard life already; they’re plagued by problems, anxiety, and insecurity. They need good friends and people who will love and support them even more than other children. All of us appreciate those who care for us, who love us… but cares for the child in the orphanage? 

If by visiting an orphanage I can bring happiness and love to even one child, become his trusted friend and confidante… then why not do so? 

As I considered these questions, I could not find any convincing reason not to become involved in ministering to orphans. I decided that if I am able to bring happiness to even one orphan, then as a Christian, I am obliged to do just that.  

This life speeds by for all of us, and as these children grow up, very soon they will find themselves faced with the decision of what they are living for – or Whom they are living for. More than anything else, I want for them to know that without God, it is impossible to find meaning in life. It seems like the world around us wounds us each and every day, and my task is to do everything I can so that these children are not abandoned, left to fend for themselves when they are hurting and wounded. My desire is to help remove some of the pain I see in their eyes, so that those eyes begin to shine with joy. My calling is to help bring them to Christ, introducing them to the hope, peace and joy that He so freely gives. 

Oksana Zamorskaya, 

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

Diana 14 years old

 

“Do you remember, during your Bible lessons, how we talked about what we dreamed of doing or being? I was the girl who always dreamed of going to Paris!” 

 

 

My name is Irina. I am an orphan. No one needs me. I am aging out of the system this year and do not know what the future holds for me. After the summer camp I felt very special in my spirit. I now know that God will never leave me. I now attend a Christian church and want to get baptized.

Irina