Welcome to AGAPE GALLERIA, where you will find hand-crafted jewelry, souvenirs, books, and other items to support the Widows & Orphans Project in Russia. When you purchase an item, you are “shopping for the Kingdom,” helping widows and orphans to build a new life. I hope you enjoy the site. Please leave comments on the contact form or email patm@slovabooks.com. Thank you!

NEW!!! AGAPE “LIFE” BRACELETS - click here!



Agape Galleria is designed to support widows and orphans in Russia through the promotion of books, jewelry, sculpture and other hand-crafted items. Click on Orphan “New Life House” here or in the main menu above to learn how you can become "involved."

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To learn how you can get one of these beautiful hand-made aprons for FREE, click here.


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A recent report states that 41% of Russians said they lack money for food and clothes. Widows and single women living in poor villages outside the larger cities and orphans released from orphanages are at the highest poverty level. The Widows & Orphans Project was started near Moscow, Russia, to equip widows and orphans with work and life skills and to help them build a healthy lifestyle based on biblical values. Those participating in our program can work on-site or from their homes. We have one widow lady who makes some of our Agape aprons in her home. She is helping to support herself, her daughter who is also a widow, and her grandson. Some of the orphans and other Russians who support our project help to make the hand-made jewelry. 

On these pages you will find items made to support our Widows & Orphans Project. In the future, we will add other items, such as pot holders, beach bags, and hand-painted coffee cups.  These products are mailed around the world from Russia at a reasonable cost.


Nearly three years ago, I became fascinated with the idea of writing a memoir, not a full auto-biography but a few slices of life that prepared me for an adventure in Russia. Now Hiding in the Bulrushes: A Personal Exodus from Fear to Shouts of Joy is available on Amazon.com and other book outlets.

Writing Bulrushes also presented a problem because my mind became flooded with memories that I haven't thought about in decades. How do I sort through them all and decide what to keep and what o shove back into the recesses of my mind--or how do I deal with them in some other way? Thank goodness for BLOGS!

Click on the "Heaven on Earth" Posts in the main menu above to access my inner meanderings, memories, and reflections.