An orphan's life

Why am I in orphan ministry? (S.Dezhnyuk)  

 

I really love children. Every time I see a little child who is deprived of basic human warmth, love and parental care, tears just come to my eyes.  Not long ago, I heard about Agape Ministries.  It was about a year and a half ago, when my brother began volunteering with Agape. He'd come home and tell me about trips to the orphanage, about Orphan Camps, about the children themselves. As time passed, I began going with his team when they visited orphanages and soon came to very clearly understand that ministering to orphans was my calling! 


It’s been almost a year now that I’ve been visiting orphanages weekly, sharing the love for them that God has filled my heart with. As we teach the Christian Ethics lessons, we tell them about how much God loves them, how He will never abandon them. Sometimes it’s just so hard to see how those precious children have been forsaken by family and left to the tender mercies of the state. However, I constantly keep them in my prayers and am convinced that God will work things out for them.

Above all else, I just thank God that I’m able to minister to these children. I’m also grateful to Agape Ministries for welcoming people like me who are on fire to serve orphans, giving us opportunities to minister, giving us training and letting us become a part of their team. Praise the Lord!

Sonya Dezhnyuk,

   Agape volunteer

 

 

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.

I work in an orphanage for the very smallest children, from 1 year to 3-4 years old. I teach Bible lessons there three times a week. Many Christians that I meet are not supportive of my ministry. They don’t believe that such little children are capable of believing in God. However, I know that they’re mistaken.

 

 

 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!!

 

 

  

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