An orphan's life

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

Our team regularly visits the Novostav orphanage-sanatorium, where children from orphanages are sent to live and receive preventative treatments to strengthen their health. Every time we drive up, a crowd of children run out to meet us at the gate. 

Before we can even get our van’s doors open, they’re running up, greeting each of us with big smiles and bigger hugs. 

Their obvious delight in seeing us, the sincerity of their smiles give each of us greater confidence that we are doing the right thing, coming to visit these wonderful children with bright smiles… and wounded hearts.

 

 

While it’s a joy to be able to simply love them, at times it’s just so hard to see the pain, loneliness and disappointment hiding in their eyes. It hurts to hear them say “no one needs me!” or “I don’t love anyone at all!”  

The more we see of their hearts, longing to be loved and to love in return, the more we understand just how much they need support, understanding and love… from us.

 

 

 

...And that’s why I go. That’s why I make the trip every single time. I want to show them one thing through everything we do there. Through being a friend, through games and songs, Christian ethics lessons, and just by spending time with them, I want to demonstrate to them that they are not alone, not rejected – and that they are precious to God, and to us. 

That’s what brings our team together! Our goal and mission is to show these orphans God as a Loving Father. 

Oleg Drukachuk,

       Agape volunteer

 

 

An orphan's life

 

The village of Kalininskoye is located in the Kherson Region, ninety-three miles from Kherson. There are two orphanages in this remote village. For almost 10 years now, Agape Ministries staff has been serving the children in these orphanages...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I approach the classroom, I can already hear the noise of loud voices and laughter. I'm on my way to a group of 9th graders today...

"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..."

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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...