Defending the Fatherless
What do Eleanor Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ella Fitzgerald, J.S. Bach and John Keats have in common? They were all orphaned as children.
Scripture reveals that the cause of the orphan is close to God’s heart. He ‘sets the lonely in families’ and God’s people are called upon to reflect His character - to ‘defend the cause of the fatherless’ and ‘visit the orphan and widow in their distress
SGA’s partners are involved:
Viktor Shushkevichi lives in Riscani, north Moldova. He serves as a deacon in Gethsemane church. He and his wife became aware of the desperate need of some parentless children and began to foster them. They have now set up a ‘Family Shelter Centre’ to provide a permanent home and family for them. It was difficult to negotiate the burdensome bureaucracy but they now look after 9 children; 4 sets of siblings ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old.
Viktor says, “We are very encouraged that God is working in the hearts of our children. Not having spent a year in our family, yet three of the children have already repented and two of the girls want to be baptized. Praise God, all our children come to the church and joyfully participate in the service praising God through singing and reading of poetry.”