Did you know thousands of kids live as orphans in Ukraine? In Eastern Ukraine is a transition-home orphanage, a place for kids removed from their parents. These children reside in the home for 90-100 days until placed in a long-term orphanage.
Slavic Gospel Association’s Vice President of Ministry Operations Eric Mock says this time of change is brutal for kids. Torn from their parents, these kids face an uncertain future.
“Add to it that, that orphanage is up in the region of Chernobyl. It’s like double and triple jeopardy,” Mock says.
For teenagers turning 18 and aging out of the orphanage system, many have no place to live, no clothes, and little to no work or skills to help. This makes these young adults vulnerable to drugs, crime, poverty, and prostitution—the same things that first caused their placement in the orphanage system. Perceiving little to no hope for the future, some even choose suicide.
Orphans Reborn in Action
In Kyiv, God has raised up one of many churches to reach out to these kids, offer them physical aid, and encourage them in Christ’s love. SGA supports this church through its Orphans Reborn ministry.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Beth Stolicker