In Ukraine, alcohol and drug addiction, and accompanying child neglect and abuse, is a very serious problem. Social Services involvement is minimal. In 1999, Harvest City Church began partnering with a new work to rescue and help children – Father’s House, a Christian home for children. Since then, several members of our congregation have traveled to Kiev to participate in the work with children.
FATHERS HOUSE is a large Christian home in a village an hour’s drive from Kiev and was opened in 2000. The children receive love and care at every level – physical, emotional and spiritual. Around 65 children live there at any one time. They are big groups at around 8 children but it gives the children an opportunity to see how a family functions and prepare them to hopefully be adopted. Children are able to live at Father’s House till they are mature enough to live separately and there is a mentoring apartment for young people to learn life skills. Father’s House has a church for children, “Heavenly Father’s House church” and is also attended by some of the village people.