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

By the mercy of our Lord a miracle has taken place at our adaptation center.  For a long time we had been praying that our guys could work at home, so that the center could be more independent and to give them an opportunity to take part in meeting our needs as a family...

After the lesson, everyone raced off, leaving Lyuda behind. Lyuda is an open, tenderhearted girl, very sensitive and easily hurt. She asked very politely how I was doing, and despite her shyness and discomfort, struck up a conversation...

 

As I watched the video about the plight of Ukrainian orphans, my eyes filled with tears as I began to see how great their need is - and began to understand that God wanted to use me to serve 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... 

 

I could just see the silent question in her eyes: "Who are you and what do you think you know about us, anyway?”