Kolya knows the powerful impact of being loved while living in an orphanage. And because of it, the future just got brighter for kids in Ukraine.
Meet Kolya. He was just 13 years old when he entered the Constant Christian Presence (CCP) program at Loubetin. Looking for acceptance, Kolya connected with friends who had a reputation for being wild.
But what Kolya didn’t know was that God had plans for his life.
As Kolya grew, he spent time with volunteers at CCP–listening to them talk about God and the Gospel. They offered him the acceptance he craved, and when it was time for him to age out of the orphanage, he moved into the Lifesong Ukraine transitional program where he was mentored by loving house parents in a Christian home.
“The chance to live in a transitional home gave me strong motivation to change my life for better. I wanted to use this opportunity wisely.” –Kolya
He did use the opportunity wisely. He received his college degree to become an architect and professional contractor. But far more importantly, it was during this time that Kolya trusted Jesus with his life and was baptized.
The Impact of Lifesong Ukraine Farm
After graduating from the orphanage, Kolya started working in the berry fields at Lifesong Ukraine farm–a sustainable business that creates jobs for orphanage graduates entering adulthood. He quickly earned a reputation for being a hard worker and a good thinker. His attention to detail made the farm program noticeably stronger.
In 2013, Kolya married Natasha (the daughter of a pastor in the community), and a year later, their daughter was born. Last year, Kolya and Natasha made the decision to work with CCP, investing back into the group that had invested in Kolya.
Now using his experience at Lifesong Farms in Ukraine in Kharkov, Kolya will lead the expanding farm in the Chernigov region. This will begin another opportunity for him to speak into the lives of young adults that have grown up in the orphanage system like he did … mentoring other kids the way he was mentored.
As you can see in the video below, Kolya and his team are making great progress with Farm 2.
In recent weeks, Lifesong Ukraine has made huge progress on a Farm 2–a project intended to reach more kids, like Kolya, in Ukraine who need the love of Christ. Kolya and his team have planted blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Additionally, they have learned all they can about successful planting, irrigation, and pest control practices.
The future is looking bright for Kolya and for kids who will benefit from his leadership.
While serving as the manager on Farm 2, Kolya has already actively built a team of local guys and Chernigiv grads. He is already investing in his teammates–giving them the support and acceptance found in the Gospel. Who knows? He may be investing in someone who will lead Farm 3.
In the words of one of Kolya’s mentors, this is what it means to break the cycle of hopelessness–
Orphans not creating more orphans, but mentoring, encouraging, and building!
Help create a harvest.
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