Orphans • Families • Community

"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed."

Psalm 82:3

ORPHANS

"God sets the lonely in families"

Psalm 68:6

FAMILIES

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.”

Matt 18:20

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Get well soon, Marina

Get well soon, Marina

by Cyndee Knight May 19, 2017

"All that is here is the best of my life! I'm happy that I have so many friends who love and appreciate me and I them! The Lord does everything for me and I remember that! With God it is easier than in a past life!" -- Marina, age 17

A year ago, those thoughts would have never entered Marina's mind. She was a scared, defiant and self-conscious 16 year old, seeking attention from anyone who would give it. She told me "I really want friends, but I am unable to make any." 

Throughout her teen years, I saw how Marina was positioned as an outcast in

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Christian Education Updates

Christian Education Updates

by Cyndee Knight May 08, 2017

As part of our Christian Education program, God has called me to use the connections I’ve made in Ukraine, to link orphans and their families to the local community. So, in addition to our Youth Group for Shpola Orphanage Graduates, I recently invited Sophia Christian School’s theatre group to Shpola Orphanage to get acquainted with the children and staff there. Together, the Shpola kids and Sophia School kids put together a great assembly!

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Update! New Windows Coming soon!

Update! New Windows Coming soon!

by Cyndee Knight March 31, 2017

We had a great day today in Ukraine!  Last month, I introduced you to a widow named Valeria and her two young daughters who stay at Shpola Orphanage.  Today, Inna and I paid another visit to Valeria’s home in Lebedyn. 

This time Pastor Sasha from the local church came with us to measure the window that will soon be replaced. Initially, Valeria didn’t want anyone from the church to help her, as she is currently exploring other beliefs, and has gone away from...

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Some families of orphans can be renewed.

Some families of orphans can be renewed.

by Cyndee Knight February 28, 2017

About 18 months ago when I was at the orphanage, I was shocked to have a lady greet me and start speaking to me in English… and not just a greeting, either. Valeria was obviously a well-educated lady, who could carry on an intelligent conversation in English!

She told me all about her two children, Hima and Ananda whom she had just enrolled at Shpola. She qualified to have her children stay at the orphanage, because she was recently widowed and had moved back to Ukraine from Moldova.

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