An orphan's life

Why do I minister to orphans? (Julia Sakur)  

The first time I had anything to do with orphans was about six years ago, when I began working with first graders in the Mizotsk Orphanage-School for Children with Speech Disorders. I knew that these were very special children and that working with them would be a challenge – but I had no idea of how hard it would really be. 

The hardest thing of all for me was to see the pain, loneliness and disappointment in their eyes… and to hear them say “Take me away from here! Take me home with you!” week in and week out. Many times, after lessons at the orphanage, we made our way home with tears in our eyes.

 That first experience of orphanage ministry was when I began to see, as I truly never had before just how much these children need love, the unconditional love of God. His Agape love is the only thing that can bring healing to their hearts, wounded and hurting from the harshness of life. God’s love is the only thing that can remove the feelings of loneliness and abandonment from their hearts, replacing them with assurance of His love and acceptance. His love is the only thing that can truly convince their hearts that they have a caring Heavenly Father, a Friend who will never betray them.

It’s really a great joy and encouragement to see the changes that God brings to their little hearts, to hear their first prayers, simple and painfully sincere. May the living God be praised for His work in the lives of these children!


Julia Sakur,
Agape Teacher

An orphan's life

My name is Irina. I am an orphan. No one needs me. I am aging out of the system this year and do not know what the future holds for me. After the summer camp I felt very special in my spirit. I now know that God will never leave me. I now attend a Christian church and want to get baptized.

Irina

 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!!

 

 

 

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...

 

Orphan ministry had crossed my mind once in a while, but more as an abstract idea. Sure, it was something that was worth doing, but I didn't have the slightest notion that God could use me...

 

 

 

I knew that these were very special children and that working with them would be a challenge – but I had no idea of how hard it would really be...