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Heart for Orphans is known for Transition Homes for teen orphans, but did you know we also have Outreach Programs? One example is in Kirovograd, a city in central Ukraine. “We visit four orphanages on a regular basis and minister to these kids,” said Andrey, Heart for Orphans Outreach Coordinator. “Because of the help we receive from Heart for Orphans, we are able to go and reach out to kids in orphanages… and they are so happy and grateful.”
Andrey’s orphanage outreach has grown tremendously. Andrey, his wife, and a team from his church minister to over 200 kids in four orphanages. “These kids express themselves differently, but most of them just need love and attention. We give them the attention they so desperately need by being there for them,” Andrey said. He loves playing the guitar and uses music to inspire them. He encourages the kids, and helps them realize God can change their life.
All eyes are on Andrey when he shares his dramatic story about how his life changed. The kids are intrigued to learn that he had been wild and rebellious, and eventually ended up in prison. It was in 1999 that he began searching for the meaning and purpose of his life. He asked Christ into his heart, and since then nothing has been the same. In the past 16 years, he has shared his love of God with many orphans. He now realizes this is his purpose.
Many will remember Andrey, as the housefather at Elisha’s House in Berdyansk. He nurtured and mentored six boys, as well as taught them carpentry skills. They flourished under his guidance, and eventually grew up. Some married and started a family. Others found jobs and moved on. Still others attend Bible College in Kiev. They all still keep in close contact with Andrey.
Andrey’s life has changed also. Last year he married Tanya, a former resident of Ruth’s House, and they moved to central Ukraine. They recently gave birth to a son, Micah. Andrey’s goal is to be a housefather again and he looks forward to opening a Heart for Orphans Transition Home in Kirovograd. He knows from experience that small Transition Homes are where kids learn to live as a family and to know God personally.
Andrey is an example of the amazing staff Heart for Orphans has in Ukraine. “When I have the opportunity to help others, especially orphans, I want to help. I see the huge need. I want to see lives changed, and to give hope to orphans.”
Join Andrey and his team reach orphan children in the Kirovograd area by making a donation today! Your dollars are fast at work!