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

"Child, I’ve been praying for you for years and years!
I ran into this woman one day, carrying a toddler and pulling his older brother along by the hand... I could see that she was drunk and in quite bad shape, so I stopped and did what I could to help her..."

 

 

 

One of the orphanage caretakers started calling her “Our Ugly Little Duckling,” and in many ways it seemed to be true...

 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!!

 

 

I prayed to God that my mother or brother would visit me. AFTER NINE DAYS MY MOTHER CAME. I hadn’t seen her for 4 years!

 

 I’m thankful to the Lord that amidst all that He teaches me, he’s also teaching me how to ask forgiveness of the kids I work with...