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Joseph Center Under Construction in Ukraine

Terry Meeuwsen travels to Ukraine to give an update on the new Orphan’s Promise facility being built. The name, Joseph Center, is a tribute to her late father. Read Transcript


WE'RE HERE IN VENISA,

UKRAINE, TO PRAY OVER THE

CONSTRUCTION OF OUR NEWEST

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" TRAINING

CENTER.

THIS IS SIGNIFICANT FOR TWO

REASONS: FIRST, IT IS BEING

BUILT WITH MONEY DONATED IN

HONOUR OF MY FATHER, JOE,

WHO PASSED AWAS

UNEXPECTANTLY THIS LAST

SPRING.

HE WAS THE GRANDFATHER OF

SEVEN UKRAINIAN-ADOPTED

CHILDREN.

AND TWO OF THE ORPHANS FROM

OUR ORIGINAL PROJECT WILL BE

WORKING WITH ORPHANS IN THIS

PARTICULAR BUILDING.

IN FACT, ONE OF THEM WAS AT

THE ORPHANAGE WHERE WE

ADOPTED OUR THREE

DAUGHTERS.

FATHER, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR A FAMILY YOU PLACED ME

IN.

FOR A DAD WHO ALWAYS SAID I

LOVE YOU.

SO, FATHER, TODAY WE NAME

THIS CENTER THE JOSEPH

CENTER IN HIS HONOR.

WHEN YOU THINK OF HELPING

ORPHANS, YOU TRADITIONALLY

PICTURE YOUNG CHILDREN.

BUT HERE IN UKRAINE, THE

GREATER NEED IS WITH OLDER

ORPHANS WHO ARE AGING OUT OF

ORPHANAGES AT 16 YEARS OF

AGE.

THESE TEENS HAVE NO IDEA HOW

TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY

BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN

PROVIDED FOR THEM IN THE

INSTITUTIONS THEY'VE LIVED

IN.

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO COOK,

HOW TO MANAGE MONEY, HOW TO

RUN A HOUSEHOLD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THERE ARE

NEGATIVE FORCES VYING FOR

THEIR LOYALTY, ALCOHOLISM,

GAMBLING, AND PROSTITUTION.

APPROXIMATELY 70% OF ORPHANS

ARE SWEPT UP IN THESE SOCIAL

ILLS, AND THAT'S A STATISTIC

WE'RE DETERMINED TO CHANGE.

SO, FATHER, TODAY WE'RE

ASKING YOU TO TOUCH THE

LIVES OF EVERY YOUNG PERSON

WHO COMES IN AND OUT OF THIS

PLACE, THAT YOU WOULD GIVE

THEM SKILLS SO THAT THEY CAN

LIVE WELL, AND MOST OF ALL,

FATHER, THAT YOU WOULD HEAL

THEM WITH YOUR DEEP LOVE.

YOUR PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL

SUPPORT ARE THE FOUNDATION

FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS

HAPPENING HERE.

TOGETHER WE'RE THE FAMILY

THESE CHILDREN NEVER HAD.

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