Bible lessons in orphanages

 

LIVES OF ORPHANS

First of all we would like to share the capacity of the work we do every day while working with orphaned children. We put a tremendous amount of effort, patience, and kindness toward these children just to see one child change their life and give it to Jesus Christ. To minister to orphans, means to give yourself completely, to exhaust all one’s emotional, spiritual, and often physical resources. Oftentimes, we come home completely worn out from a day’s work at the orphanage. We understand, however, that there is a spiritual battle taking place over each and every child’s soul we try to win for Jesus. Our enemy does not rest; the last days are approaching… We cannot rest, we must fight for every soul; we don’t even have the time to rest.

Orphans have a broken past and broken hearts. Oftentimes the evidence of their traumatic experiences is evident through their behavior and delayed physical development.

Vladik, for example, is a sixth-grader. He is a very irritable and unsociable boy. Sometimes he would open up about his relatives, share the story of how he saved his grandmother from death. He refuses, however, to talk about his father, who died while being drunk.

Lena, a fifth-grader, is also highly irritable and almost impossible to communicate with; swears profusely and throws tantrums with or without a reason.

Then there is Sergey, a fifth-grader. He feels inadequate because he is much shorter than most boys his age. This is very difficult for him to cope with. His attempts to show everyone that he is just as strong as others are through violence, cursing, and spitting at his classmates. He had run away from the orphanage several times, taking a group of boys with him. One time they were missing for four days. He often asks for forgiveness and had promised to be good. These promises don’t last for long. His life is a vicious circle of one violent outbreak after another. He would fight with other boys relentlessly and mercilessly, until there is blood, just to prove that he is not weaker than others.

Olga, a ninth-grader, doesn’t have a mom. She doesn’t get along with her stepmom. Olga is hostile towards her classmates and has a problem with stealing.

Oleg is an arrogant and stubborn eighth-grader; often rude to his teachers and classmates. He has a tough time communicating normally because he is always disrespectful and doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. His anger and bitterness about his life are obvious.

Masha is also an eighth-grader. Her attention span is very short. She cannot sit still during classes, is very hot-tempered and angry. Her heart is filled with pain, hopelessness, and sin.

These are just a few examples what kinds of obstacles Agape Ministry teachers face each day. The children’s misbehavior is caused by a broken past, not because they are spoiled. Their hearts are filled with open wounds which need to be healed by Jesus. Much prayer is needed to change the destinies of these orphans; a lot of work and love to be given to them. We do our work with God’s help and love, with hope of positive change.

We are not hopeless, however, because we do see results. Two orphan girls had given their lives to Jesus within the last month. Their journeys were long and desperate until they decided to give their lives to God. Doubtfulness, questions, one-on-one conversations, prayers, tears, were all a part of their spiritual journey. We are happy that our work is not done in vain; we see the fruit of the seeds we had planted with God’s help in the hearts of these children.

If you are reading this article and feel compelled to be a part of positive change in these children’s lives, please pray for God’s intervention into their hearts and their lives. Only God is able to mend broken hearts of these precious orphaned children. Please also remember us, the ministry workers, in your prayers. May God bless you in everything and be with you.

Respectfully,

Ministry Agape teachers E. Gordienko, A. Sergeychuk, and E. Semenov.

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