An orphan's life

Why do I minister to orphans? (Anastasiya Simonchuk)  

From the time I was a child myself, I dreamed of working with orphan children. When I first heard about Agape Ministries, I immediately knew that this was just what I was looking for!  I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to serving these needy and wonderful children. I was already with children constantly as it was, just because I love them so much.

 

 Every child from the orphanage has always seemed to me (and still does) to be a whole unique world in and of himself. His eyes, his voice, his hugs - are all sincere, unrehearsed and unique.

These children inspire me and often bring great joy to my heart, giving me new life, as it were, when I begin to lose heart or grow weary in ministry. As I sit with them and share their sorrows and joys, I am amazed again and again. It seems like there's a whole universe in the tears of a child, I find my self in wonder again at the world around me, trying to do away with old stereotypes, re-imagining possibilities and learning to be brave enough to dream as I watch this child beside me. 

Those moments - beautiful, life-giving moments, are what give me strength to go on, making my problems seem so small, and make it well worthwhile to visit the orphanage.

 

I am infinitely grateful to God for Agape Ministries, so grateful that as we minister together, our dreams are truly becoming reality!

Anastasiya Simonchuk, 
Agape Teacher

An orphan's life

 

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...

 

 

Unfortunately our mother started to lead bad life and we were taken away from her.

 
 

A story from one of Agape’s adaptation centers...  Yana had a very rough childhood, and she has long suffered from loneliness and poor self-esteem. 
The past several months have not been easy for us. Yana has really put a lot of time and energy into searching for a job, but she has been turned down at every single place where she applied for work...

 

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…

 

 

 On August 25th 2013, Agape Ministry’s new Adaptation Center for Young Men in Krivoi Rog was up and running as the first teenage orphans moved in.

Two orphanage graduates settled in to live with a Christian family there. Anton Dubrovsky and Sasha Korotky became a part of the Sukhovoy family.