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When I look back over the past 15 years, I am in awe of what God has done! What began as a passion to help orphans, with little more than a vision and much prayer, has blossomed into a ministry that has helped hundreds of orphaned kids. From our early days of helping older orphans find adoptive families, to our teen Transition Home Program in Ukraine today, it has grown to something that only God could have done.
Heart for Orphans has sponsored 10 Transition Homes through the years, and more than 300 kids have experienced a healthy family life, most for the very first time. Now, we are into our fourth “generation” of kids who have come through our homes. It is remarkable to see how many have changed the trajectory of their lives. Some have gone onto college or seminary, while others are working in ministry in Ukraine, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, and India. Many have married and are raising young families of their own. All because God touched their lives with loving house parents who showed them their life had meaning and they, too, could have a future!
We are so excited to see our first home in Kenya open this summer! Our partners there, Volodymyr and Vika, have been working with street kids for years. What’s more, Vika is one of our own! She lived in Ruth’s House as a young teen. What a joy it is to see her mature and come full circle sharing the love she received with other orphans. Another boys’ home is due to open in Ukraine this fall, and just last month, Anastasia’s House opened in eastern Ukraine. There are so many orphaned kids who need help everywhere, and so many opportunities to open Transition Homes in other areas, both within Ukraine and in other countries. As God leads us and provides the resources, we will continue.
None of this would have been possible without you, our supporters! Your prayers, your encouragement and your financial assistance have enabled us to work together as a team touching young lives, one orphan at a time. Thank you for walking with us and taking that leap of faith.
by Nancy Hathaway, Founder and Director of Heart for Orphans