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

 

Why am I in orphan ministry? It’s very simple, really. From the time I was a little child myself, I’d heard that there were children who didn’t have their own parents. The thing is, I thought that their problem was easy to fix...

 

 

 “Do you yourself even believe what you’re saying?” Sergei asked, still laughing.       

“Of course I believe what I said. The Lord has given you all a lot of talent, I know that each one of you can have a great life,” I answered.

“Well, that’s all the future I see for me,” said Sergei, pointing at the bars on the ground-floor window, “a life behind bars.”

 Outwardly, Tanya was feisty, a real scrapper... but her eyes were dulled and sad. Her entire being seemed to be focused on her anger at the world around her. Her anger and pain often spilled over into other's lives, hurting those who were weaker than her...

When she first came to live with us in Agape's Adaptation Center,  it seemed that she would never ever open up to anyone again, never speak of the pain in her heart...

 

Each and every visit to the orphanage, I see how their lives are lacking in so much that we often take for granted. More than anything, they simply need someone to support them, encourage them, just to hug them and love them…