Praying Them Home

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I am so blessed to be a volunteer for New Horizons for Children.  Over the past 3 years I have had the great privilege to meet many awesome families and children and help them along their hosting journey.  I believe they have made just as much of an impact on my life as I have on theirs.

I’ve had the joy of getting to know one family from my church who I met when they first hosted a girl through our ministry in December 2012.  They have become great friends and I am constantly encouraged and challenged by their faith.

God led them to host a young girl who is not currently available to be adopted and they did not host her with the intent to adopt.  Over the course of the month that they hosted her, they fell in love with her, and God had a way of changing their minds.    However, she is still not available to be adopted.  One day, the wife was talking about they love her so much and she is still a part of their family, even though she is now living on the other side of the globe. She said that it is still her mission to ‘pray her home’… not necessarily to their home, but to whichever home God has for her, whether it be in the US or in Europe. 

That phrase just hit me so profoundly… praying her home.   It takes a lot of faith and humility to make this your prayer.  She surrendered her own plans and prays that God would give their host girl a home where she can grow up and be safe and loved.

And now I think about these orphans who are soon to be graduating from the orphanages.  Their orphanages have been their homes.  Now where will their homes be?  Just because the government considers you to be an adult, doesn’t mean you don’t need a place to call home anymore. 

Just think of our classes of high school graduates who are entering the real world this year.  They may be growing up and moving on, but their anchors will always be their families.  Their parents’ homes will be the place they celebrate their graduations, the people they count on for assistance to move into a dorm room or apartment, and the place they will always return to for holidays.  You always need a place to call home, no matter how old you are.

The ministry that we will be working with on our missions trip to Ukraine will be doing just that… providing a home for orphans who no longer have a place to call home.  Right now, there are a handful of students who attend our missionary partner’s trade school and also live in a home with house parents.  In this home, the are safe, mentored, and learn life skills to prepare them to have a home of their own someday. 

Watch the video below to hear the students themselves talk about how much these homes mean to them.   Perhaps the most powerful words come from Maxim K., who is interviewed last : “I had not much home ever. And I even couldn’t think that I will have another chance to change my life for better.”

Meet 4 boys who are enjoying the blessing of a home… possibly for the first time in their lives

Please join us in praying even more of these orphans home.  These children may be older, too old to be adopted, but they still need a place to call home.  I can’t think of a better place for  them, than one where they will learn how to take care of a home, care for themselves, learn a trade that will earn them a living, and be disciple by believers who meet them where they are!

I can’t wait to be on the grounds of these homes in less than 2 months! What an opportunity it will be to see these homes, be a part of building a new one, meet the students living there whose lives have been changed, and just see all that God has been doing in the past year!

Also, I please ask that you consider giving financially to support my trip.  My dad and I still have a long way to go and not much time to get there.  Any bit to show your support will help!

You can easily give online at this link – http://fnd.us/c/5W3p3 

Thank you so much for your support and for praying these kids home!

 

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)

Destination: Ukraine!

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Missions FlierYep! You read that right! I am headed to Ukraine!!! 

Ever since my parents left Ukraine last June, they have been in touch with a missionary who is in the same region as our Sasha.  My dad has gotten very involved with helping them with their mission of reaching the orphans in that part of Ukraine. Missions Flier3 The team of ministers there now not only visit the orphans in the orphanages, they also help adopting families traveling to the region, have a Christian church that is growing quickly, and a trade school for the older orphans. They are doing awesome things and God is blessing their ministry and giving them incredible favor with the children, orphanage directors, and even government officials!

My dad has been very involved in helping the ministry.  For  months now he has been planning to go over there this summer to help remodel a home for orphans who have aged-out of the orphanage.  I have been unsure about my summer plans up to this point, but God made it clear to me this week that he has given me this opportunity just at the right time

Only 10 months ago, my parents left Ukraine without the 16 year old son they had traveled there to adopt and bring home.  My dad & I meeting S for the first time - Dec 2010When they returned, we all wondered what would happen with Sasha alone in Ukraine.  Within a couple months, the missionaries opened their home for the first group of aged-out orphans… an answer to our prayers.  A transition/trade school can literally make the life or death difference for kids when they graduate from the orphanage.  And not just any kids… our Sasha and the friends who have become his family as he has grown up in the orphanage. 

This year has been Sasha’s last year living in the orphanage.  In June, he will graduate, and on August 31st he will be out on his own.  It is our prayer that God will bring him to this trade school.  A place where he can be safe, fed, educated, prepared well for adulthood, mentored by godly men, and learn more about Christ.  

To me, this trip is not just about visiting Ukraine and helping build a building.  It is about investing in lives… prayerfully the life of my long-distance brother. 

There are still spots open on the team! Wherever you are, you can join us!  See the info below. 

Info Sheet

Please be praying for my dad and I
as we prepare for an exciting journey! 
More updates coming soon on how you can help!

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:18 (NIV)

 

Ukraine Orphan Ministry–Update!

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IMG_0128It’s about time for me to bring you an update about the ministry I spoke about in my blog post about the interview trip to Ukraine!

There is now a full blog site up to share all about the programs and Viktor & Tanya’s ministry – TheWayOfGodsGrace.blogspot.com 

Our Mission Is To Spread The Gospel Of Jesus Christ To Reach Orphans In Ukraine That Are "Timing Out" That Have No Home Or Family To Turn To Once They Leave The Orphanages. Our Objective Is To Provide Housing, Teach Them The Love Their Lord & Savior Has For Them In Hopes They Will Develop Self Worth. To Teach Them Life Skills, Job Training, Social Skills & Teach Them To Assist In The Christian Camps To Serve Others.

To Hold Christian Camps During The Year For Children That Are Currently Living In Orphanages In Hopes To Reach Them At A Younger Age & Spread The Word Of Jesus Christ Into These Children’s Lives.

Lastly To Work Directly With Ukraine Orphanages To Introduce Them To US Hosting Programs In Hopes Of Finding These Children Forever Families.

I am so excited about what God is going to do through this partnership.  There are big dreams about how we can work together to reach orphans in Ukraine through summer camp ministry, transition programs for orphans aging-out of the orphanage, continued favor and growth of orphan hosting in this area, & short-term missions opportunities for teams to come and help.

Finally, please keep Tanya, the Ukrainian pastor’s wife, in your prayers.  The last I have heard, she had surgery for several new brain tumors that were found, and when the surgery was over, she could not walk. “The doctor told her she should be walking in 2 weeks. Unfortunately her cancerous tumor cannot be removed surgically so she will have to continue to have radiation for the treatment once she is healed from this surgery.” Please pray for her healing.  Satan is trying to stop this ministry in a serious way, but we know he will not win!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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