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

 

Answer to the prayerWe prayed with him again about the family. 10 days later he received answer from God.

I visit the Church of Christ the Savior in the Kherson. I am director of Sunday School. At the same time I work as teacher of Bible lesson in the orphanage for children 4-7 years old. This is my first year of work. I am glad that God allowed me to carry His Word to these kids.

 

Orphanage ministry is not easy, but let me just say this: even if you are tired, GO. If you feel like you’re not up to it, still go, simply go and love them. Just be there for them...

I am so grateful that God has me in a life of full time ministry to these needy girls, for whose care and protection He, as their Heavenly Father, is particularly concerned... 

 

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... 

 

   

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...