A visit of One Heart Church team
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”.(1John 3:18)
Very often we come across people in our life who say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions, not words, that matter.
Two weeks ago our good friends, a team of 5 people from the USA (Chester, Charlie, Casey and Eddie) under the supervision of pastor Gearl left their homes, families and ministries to come to Ukraine with one aim only – to share the love of God with the most deprived and vulnerable members of our society-orphans and handicapped children.
It’s well known that one of the spheres of activities of our charitable foundation Hope for everyone is directly connected with providing help to and taken care of street children and children living in a village area. Knowing that our American friends were coming with a special program for kids we couldn’t but use the opportunity and invite them to share God’s love and joy with the children of Kurne village and orphans in Dovbysh orphanage.
As it’s not a usual practice for foreigners to visit Kurne village we started praying for God’s blessing and arrangement long before American team’s arrival. It was made possible to settle everything with village authorities and make announcement about our American friends coming among pupils in a village school.
In due day many children came together with their parents, some with brothers and sisters or other relatives. The team organized a wonderful and exciting program. No one was left indifferent. Every child received sweet presents and showers of positive impressions, laughter and joy. It’s worth saying that during last Sunday School we saw many new faces and our hearts are so happy about this fact and the wonderful work God is doing in Kurne village.
During one week the team travelled across Zhitomir region sharing a Good News with kids in schools and orphanages, playing games, putting up some funny skits, singing songs, dancing, doing crafts and of course giving out sweet presents. It was so great to see those adult children forget about their daily troubles and fling themselves whole-heartedly into childhood again. It was a blessed time full of joy and positive emotions combined with the words of Biblical wisdom and personal life experience from Pastor Gerald in the end of every meeting. Altogether more than 1000 children in Zhitomir, Berdichev, Novograd and adjacent villages had a possibility to hear about God and witness His love through our dear friends.
The team told us good-bye but promised to come back next year with even more exciting program sharing their love not with words or speech but with actions and in truth.