Meet Ariana.

We love her, and so do her sponsor parents.

“Dear [sponsor parents],

…hope this note finds you both very well. Iryna and I are well and continue on here in Ukraine.

I wanted to give you an update about Ariana (we were there yesterday)…she is doing very well and has gotten over the flu…she was so happy to receive your gifts, she really appreciated everything. I believe this is the first time that she has received such nice things.

Also…please go to Youtube LCI Ministries 3 there you will hear here words “in Ukrainian” thanking you and sharing a little about her school and teachers.

Thank you for sponsoring her…she is a quite and shy girl, very nice and I believe your contact with her will really help and encourage her.

In His Grace,  Steve.”

David Moyer and God’s gracious plans.

“…It was the first time I realized what a family was like.

Ибо [только] Я знаю намерения, какие имею о вас, говорит Господь, намерения во благо, а не на зло, чтобы дать вам будущность и надежду.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Hello. My name is David Moyer. I was born in Ukraine on February 15, 1998. Most of my life I lived in an orphanage. I have 2 older brothers in Ukraine, but I never saw them and I do not know what happened to them. I had some friends in the orphanage, but no family. I met Steve and Irina when I first came to America in 2009 with the Rainbow of Hope hosting program. I was 11 years old. I was very nervous and excited to come to America for 4 weeks. I did not know the place or the language or what family I was going to stay with…

America looked much different than Ukraine and the food was different too. Coming to America was the best time of my life. I had a lot of fun with my host family. We went fishing, went to a Phillies game, did a lot of swimming and I learned to ride a bike for the first time.

We all got along very well. I also had a lot of fun with the Rainbow of Hope group. I was able to see my friends each day and talk about our day and we did a lot of great things each week, like visiting the police and fire station, visiting the zoo, rock climbing, visiting the city of Philadelphia, and many other fun things.

The four weeks went by very fast and I was very sad that I had to leave. It was the first time I realized what a family was like. After I left America and returned to Ukraine, my host family and I were able to write letters back and forth. This was very nice to stay close to each other.

A couple of months later my family learned that I was available for adoption. Not all children who come to America with the hosting program are able to be adopted. They came to Ukraine to adopt me
and I came back to America on October 30, 2010 to be part of my family.

Слушайте Меня, острова, и внимайте, народы дальние: Господь призвал Меня от чрева, от утробы матери Моей называл имя Мое Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth has made mention of my name. Isaiah 49:1

Since coming to America I have tried many new things. I started in 6th grade and have learned a lot in school. I play on a soccer, basketball and dodge ball team. I also have a part time job where I can earn
some money. I go to a great church and enjoy going to youth group. I love our three dogs, Sophie, Chester and Mickey. I have chickens too that I take care of.

In the orphanage I never had a family and I thank God for the hosting program. I love my family. I have 2 brothers and one sister. My mom and dad care about me, help me and want me to have a better future. I think family is the most important thing in the world. I do wish that I could have known my family in Ukraine, but that was not possible.

God has been very good to me, and I also want to help others when I can. I still know the Russian language so I can help out with the new children that come from Ukraine to America with the Rainbow of Hope Hosting Program. I also have a child that I support with World Vision that lives in Haiti. I hope to go back to Ukraine someday to visit and to help some orphan children while
I am there.

If you are thinking about hosting a child from Ukraine, I can say that it will be a great thing. You will have a lot of fun, and you will be making a friend for life. You will be making a difference in the life of a child.

Не оставлю вас сиротами; приду к вам I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
-John 14:18

Daniel & Sean: adopted by parents, and God.

“I thank God…He gave me a good, loving family, for always having something to eat, that I have clothes and for a lot of friends and simply because we are alive, we and everyone here are valuable to God. No matter how much good deeds we did, God saved us not because of good deeds but because of His mercy.

From Daniel:

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel, and I want to tell you about my life and relationship with God and some events that I experienced in my life. When I was 6 years old, I did not have any parents…

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When I was 6 years old, I did not have any parents. My brothers and I were sent to the orphanage, where we stayed for quite a long time. My grandma told me about God, and from early childhood I truly believed in Him, but I could not do what it said in the Bible, or I was too small or I did not take everything that was happening seriously. It was sometime in 8 grade I met a very nice person, with whom (I always communicate) I kept in contact and he told me about God and not only told me about Him but also invited me to church, where I repented and gave my life to God. Then God started working in my life. I quit all of my bad habits and I started to do good things. I started to write poems about God and I made a lot of good friends. Then I started dreaming only about one thing, to have a family because every child needs love and care. I never knew that my wish would come true and when it happened I understood that there is nothing impossible for God. Sometimes He takes away the silver to give us gold. I understood that God gives us not what we want but what we need, so don’t ask, “Why,” but “For what.” When our parents came to get us (my brother and I) there was a revolution in our country and some government institutions closed. The officials made us travel passports just before everything closed. But I know that God is in control and He knows everything and He is everywhere in everything. Maybe it was a trial for us and we passed it because we trusted only in the Lord. As for America, I like it very much; everyone I met here is friendly, sincere, and kind. I like new things, so for me the trip was something even bigger than I could imagine. Everyone helps each other because they love God and God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him. I thank God that He gave me a good, loving family, for always having something to eat, that I have clothes and for a lot of friends and simply because we are alive, we and everyone here are valuable to God. No matter how much good deeds we did, God saved us not because of good deeds but because of His mercy.

I came to understand that the meaning of happy is not the person who possess the best but happy is the person who finds the best in what he already has.
-Daniel

*Special Note: Daniel and his brother Sean’s adoption paperwork was completed the day before Crimea fell to Russia. They received their documents on Thursday late afternoon and the next day, Friday all adoptions were halted.

From Sean,

Hello everyone, my name is Sean. My brother and I have now been in America for one month (recently adopted), but before this we were living in Ukraine in an orphanage. We had a pointless…

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We had a pointless and meaningless life without God. Three years ago I was told that I was going to America (Love Cradle Int.’s Rainbow of Hope Hosting Program). I was very happy. It was night when we came to America. We met Steve and Irina and we all went to a church. We felt sleepy on the road, but when we came there we were not sleepy any more. We were filled with joy when we came into a big room. There were families sitting in a circle. We all started guessing which of these families would be ours. We had a great evening, meeting our families. After we all met each other we went home. I went straight to sleep, and in the morning, when I woke up I did not want to open my eyes because I thought it was all a dream, but I still opened them and I realized that I was in a new house, so I thanked God. At first I could not believe it, but then I quickly adapted and settled in. Then we went to meet the others. Instead of having school we had church. Five days a week we went somewhere. We had a lot of excursions. We were in a lot of places, and it is hard to say what we did not do. We rode horses, and we also went fishing. We went to see a baseball game. They let us go on a tour of the stadium and they also let us catch baseballs. There was rain after the game, and they could not sign our baseballs, but it still was very fun. When I came home I told everyone that I caught a real baseball. We also went to play mini-golf. Overall, we had a good time. The time went by very fast, and when we were leaving back to the orphanage I did not want to cry, so as not to disappoint those who wanted to see me happy. I have very deep and great respect to “Nick” and Connie who showed me a warm welcome. I did not miss a moment, and I enjoyed everything that happened to me.
Thank-you for everything that you did.
Sean