Orphan Sunday in Ukraine with the partisipation of President's family
At St. Michael's Square in Kyiv on 9 November, was a nationwide prayer for children deprived of parental love and care.The organizers of this initiative were the Alliance "Ukraine without orphans", representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations as well as organizations that are members of the Alliance including ICF "Father's House", Association "Emmanuel" - representative of the CBN, and Orphan's Promise in the CIS countries, NGO "International Center for Development and Leadership", and others. This year's Day of Prayer for Ukrainian orphans was supported by Marina Poroshenko, the Wife of the President of Ukraine And she also took a direct participation in it. The event brought together heads of Ukrainian churches, religious organizations and associations, ambassadors and diplomats around the world. On this day, people of different religions unanimously prayed for prosperity, happiness and protection of orphans in Ukraine, as well as the families who take these children to education. The purpose of the Day of Prayer was announced by the president of the Alliance "Ukraine without orphans" Mr. Korniyko: "We are very grateful for distinguished guests who have agreed to meet in the open air in the heart of the capital with the intention to ask God to have mercy upon the children, heal our country, so Ukraine wopuld became the first country in the world where there are no orphans, and all children living in families."President of Ukraine Peter Poroshenko also joined the prayer for the orphans. For the first time the spiritual and secular state leaders asked for forgiveness from God for sins, which are leading to the multiplication of orphans. "The Bible says that if state leaders defend the orphan, God defend their country. In this difficult time for Ukraine today's event - a courageous and correct step. We are on the threshold of change! "- Said Steve Weber, chairman of the Alliance" Ukraine without orphans ", President of the Association" Emmanuel".Marina Poroshenko thanked everyone who came to pray for orphans, "I bow down to all those who daily deals with the fate of children who are without parental care and love. I call upon the citizens of our country every day to remember that there are a number children who need our attention and support, and do your best to orphanages in Ukraine away in the past. "After common prayer First Lady released a dove which is a symbol of the spirit of adoption. After it yellow and blue balloons flew into the sky from the children's hands.Particular attention was paid to orphans from orphanages and family homes by the organizers. Each of them received the Gospel, CD with cartoon "Superbook", sweets, and other gifts. In addition, some children had the opportunity to sing on stage with folk artists of Ukraine.