An orphan's life

The girl who dreamed of Paris

 

“Do you remember, during your Bible lessons, how we talked about what we dreamed of doing or being? I was the girl who always dreamed of going to Paris!” 

 

 

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Admit when you're wrong

 I’m thankful to the Lord that amidst all that He teaches me, he’s also teaching me how to ask forgiveness of the kids I work with...

 

 

 

 

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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...

 

 

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Why am I in orphan ministry? (T. Rudyuk)

 

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...

 

 

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Why am I in orphan ministry? (A. Korolyuk)

 

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...

 

 

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Orphan ministry is never pointless

 

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for reminding me that my ministry here is never pointless...

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Why am I in orphan ministry? (O. Drukachuk)

 

I want to demonstrate to them that they are not alone, not rejected – and that they are precious to God, and to us

 

 

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Why am I in orphan ministry? (D. Voitovich)

 

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...

 

 

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Why am I in orphan ministry? (O. Zamorskaya)

 

Sometimes feelings of loneliness are strong enough to make you wish you were dead! For children who grow up in orphanages, those feelings are what they live with, day in and day out…

 

 

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The Word of God is at work in their hearts

  

So often, we think that these teenage orphans are apathetic, hardened by life, resistant to letting God’s Word work in their hearts. Zhenya’s story shows that the opposite can be, and often is actually the case...

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An orphan's life

 “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.”

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

My name is Sergey. I am in third grade. I believe in God because He is my Heavenly Father. I was abandoned by my parents and now I live at an orphanage. I am very fascinated with all topics about God. I enjoy reading Bible stories and learning more about Jesus’ life on earth. I pray and read the Bible regularly. I am glad my Savior is always near. I feel His protection.

 

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...