The past several months have seemingly passed in a flash! Nevertheless, much has been happening at the Ark and in Ukraine. Let’s see if I can summarize…
the Ark hosted a wedding of 2 of our caregivers
15 children have returned to their biological families
2 more families from the war torn East have come to live at the Ark
2 children are now living with a foster family in Ukraine
And on a sad note…
the war in the East continues with many civilian and military lives lost
inflation continues to rise at crazy rates – that translates to higher food prices, utilities etc etc etc
the court case continues -only been going on for 4 years now
If you’d like to help us help the children and the families from the East who have no home to go back to, check out our web site – fathers-care.org
Pray for peace in Ukraine and pray for our children and team at the Ark! Thank you!
Great joy in the Ark this past week as 8 children have been reunited with their parents! It was a bittersweet day last week as they all left. Nevertheless, it’s why we continue to do what we do!
From day one our goal has been and still is restoration of family. Over the past 11 years we have seen over 265 children placed in families and only 15 of them were adopted internationally. Most went back to their biological family! It just doesn’t get any better than that!
If you’d like to partner with us in this endeavor, you can do that either by going to our web site (www.fathers-care.org) and hit the donate button or by snail mail to – Fathers Care; PO Box 52989; Atlanta, GA 30355.
Praying your year is one of great joy and much love!!
While the whole world has their eyes on Ukraine, and rightly so. Only God knows what the future for this country holds. Nevertheless, we know His promises are true. He has promised us a hope and a future.
With our children we are praying even more often for the country and for its leadership. We are singing over the country blessings. We’re calling out to the Lord in prayer and song for Jesus to bless this nation. Recently one of our favorite songs to sing with the children is based on Isaiah 43. “Fear not! For I have redeemed you and called you by name, you are mine.”
This week there was a coalition meeting of organizations working with at risk children. The main speaker was the head of the organization “Ukraine Without Orphans”. He spoke about an initiative to organize a national headquarters for the protection of orphans. In light of the potential of war in Ukraine, we are making plans for how to protect the most vulnerable. In Crimea there are 3600 orphans in 22 State orphanages. There are first-hand accounts that Russian soldiers have already occupied and are using orphanages for storing weapons and food supplies along with housing soldiers there. This is so dangerous if war breaks out. Children could be used as human shields and the close proximity of having soldiers far from home living next to young girls is unacceptable.
A database is being gathered from churches, organizations, children’s camps, etc. in case war breaks out. Families that would be willing to take in a child or children would go through a short training preparing them. If this becomes a reality we are willing also to take in about 200 children and then distribute them to families. It’s hard to think in those type of terms, but we all know that it’s better to be over prepared than to be caught off-guard.
What can you do? Keep praying!!! Also, they are asking for international churches and children’s camps who are willing to receive child refugees to be also added to the database.
The initiative has the approval of the government. After the meeting the representative of Ukraine Without Orphans had a meeting with the interim president Turchynov. We are all hoping and praying that this will not be necessary to implement.
Please continue to pray. If one doesn’t read the news on the internet, life seems to be fairly “normal” here. We are praying God will use this for His good and raise up more families to take in orphans even if there isn’t a war. They need to be in loving Christian families.
Things at the Ark remain normal even with all the chaos going on all around us. We have had 2 children placed in foster families and recently taken in 2 new boys ages 7 and 9 years old.
The effect of all the political uprising has had a direct impact on the cost of food products. Prices have increased since December and show no sign of slowing down yet.
This photo of the crocus plants starting to show their colorful beauty yet overshadowed by a tree reminded me of the current situation in Ukraine. Perhaps you are wondering just how I see that. Glad you asked! Even though a shadow looms over the flowers that doesn’t stop them from blossoming and growing. They still bring forth beauty and color to all who take the time to look at them. And yet the shadow doesn’t cover all the flowers but just a small portion. One thing will remain – the beautiful, colorful flowers. The shadow will soon depart as the sun continues on it’s way. Thus I believe this struggle in Ukraine will pass and the flowers – the precious people of that beautiful place I currently call home – will last and the shadow of evil and darkness WILL pass! Pray for peace and justice to prevail in Ukraine! Thank you!
The resilience of the Ukrainian people is something to be admired and duplicated. In all my nearly 20 years living in Ukraine, I have never witnessed the dedication and compassion of a nation desperately wanting to be free from corruption and well, let’s call it what it is, evil. My heart aches for this beautiful country and it’s precious people. Praying for peace, justice and total freedom! Will you join me in prayer? Will you join us in helping the children at the Ark?
It’s hard to believe that it has been 24 years since my sister, Pat, went to be with the Lord. I can still remember the last night of her life as she lay in a coma and I talked to her non-stop (some may find that hard to believe) all night long. Was she listening? Or did she even hear me? I believe she did.
Morning came all too soon as she was wheeled into surgery to harvest her organs. That was her strong desire that others might gain health and life if anything were to happen to her. Thankfully 5 other people got a new lease on life as a result. Was that an easy decision? No!!! But it was her desire.
Many said afterwards, “she’s in a better place” – no argument there but somehow those words were not at all comforting on that day. I think too often we gloss over death and don’t really allow the person to express their grief and pain. So what happens to all that emotion? Of course, we stuff it so people can see we are strong on the outside and all the while our insides are screaming in agony. For me it has been a life lesson to learn to grieve. It is a process and one that we must allow ourselves to do or else we will suffer the consequences. And believe me there are consequences!
Nevertheless, God is faithful and He will help us open our hearts and really deal with the pain of death, if we will let Him. He waits because He is a gentleman and we can’t really be healed until we see the depth of our pain and make the choice to work through it. It is possible and SO healing and freeing!!!
Was God there with me on that day 24 years ago today? Yes! Is He here with me now? Yes, because Love is not simply something that God does, but it is who He is. His unfathomable love for Pat and for me was settled at the cross, and the cross leaves no room whatsoever for doubt. I can never love my sister as much as Jesus does!