New Life Christian Fellowship Foundation is the parent organization that carries out the missions.
In 1999 when True Hope’s founder and director, Max Fetisov, met an orphan for the first time at the age of 11, he never imagined the number of lives that would be impacted in the future. He had heard the warnings from others about orphans, that they were untrustworthy, liars and thieves, but Nadia didn’t seem that way. She seemed like a normal girl his age.
To see his new friend, he soon began visiting her orphanage where he discovered hundreds of other kids just like her, all desperately longing for love and acceptance. Each week he returned to visit and share hope through the Bible lessons he was learning at church. He soon began bringing friends along with him and the heart of True Hope was birthed.
As True Hope volunteers followed the lives of the orphans with whom they built relationships, the ministry expanded to reach and encourage them in every stage and sphere of life. Based in the city of Krivoy Rog, today True Hope has dozens of volunteers all over Ukraine who are bringing hope to the lost and hurting, one by one.
How True Hope Helps
In all that we do, our first goal is relationship. Through regular visits to the different facilities and homes, we bring encouragement and build heart connections. We make it known that we are always available for counseling, advice or just to be family to them.
From diapers and vitamins, to school supplies, clothing, blankets and food – we show the love of God by meeting the basic needs of young and adult orphans however we can.
We have dozens of transitional apartments where orphanage grads can live and learn responsibility until they can afford a place of their own. Without our help, many of these teens and young adults would be on the streets.
A good education and learning a marketable skill is essential to helping orphans break out of the poverty cycle. We help them receive a higher education in several ways: by assisting with the application and admission process, through tutoring and study support, and financially through our scholarship program. Our weekly life skill classes in technical schools around the city teach orphan grads basic lessons like budgeting and time management.
Our legal volunteers work to restore orphans’ vital documents that are often lost, as well as any property they were to receive as an inheritance.
The True Hope team is there to help with medical emergencies, purchasing necessary medication and helping finance surgeries when needed.
In the end, only the life-changing love of God can heal the orphan heart from the shame, fear, bitterness and abandonment that controls their lives. When they can experience the acceptance of the Father and the encouragement of the family of God, then they begin to thrive. Through bible lessons, home groups, prayer groups and connection with the local church, we lead them to the one who can save and give true freedom, Jesus Christ.
Village of Hope is a registered C.B.O. (community based organization) in Uganda. It is located adjacent to the Chaka refugee camps in the district of Kyenjojo. Along with an orphanage, Village of Hope, is a school with over 400 students from the Chaka refugee camps. The director of Village of Hope is Godfrey Byruhanga, who has worked with the refugee camps for over 10 years.
In recent years Africa’s great lakes region has experienced political strife, armed conflict, and population displacement with severe humanitarian consequences. Fleeing war, famine, and ethnic cleansing, a growing number of displaced individuals and families have sought refuge within Uganda’s stable and accommodating borders.
As of 2010 there was estimated 167,683 refugees living in Uganda from countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Somalia (source: World refugee survey). As a result, a number of Refugee Settlements have been established in different regions of Uganda, of which Kyaka II is one.
Kyaka II refugee settlement is situated in south-western Uganda, Kyegegwa District, Kyaka County, 18 km outside of Kyegegwa town. It was established in 1983, and is currently hosting 16,440 refugees who have fled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and other countries. Children make up 46% of the refugee population and face many additional challenges.
Raising Voices, a local NGO working with children and youth, states that, “girls and boys between 8 and 17 years of age reported experiencing physical, emotional and economic violence as regular features in their lives”. The report goes on to say that, “One of every 3 children said they are kept from school so that they can work to earn money for their households. Girls described experiencing the constant threat and common occurrence of sexual violence against them by adults in both settlement and host community”. The information concluded that the threat to children’s emotional well-being was significantly increased for those children who have been separated from or abandoned by their parents and do not have a primary care-taker.
Accordingly, Spring of Life Ministry Africa (SOLMA) felt obligated to offer altruistic services to both Ugandan and refugee orphans and other vulnerable children living in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement and the host communities. In an effort to support these children, Angels Care Primary School and VOH were simultaneous established in 2008 to create a stress free environment under the supervision of Pastor Godfrey Byaruhanga.
Pastor Godfrey is the Director of SOLMA/VOH and has worked with the Department of Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda for over 12 years.
Haiti and Dominican Republic
We have been partnering with Haiti for over 20 years. Recently we have adopted another project in the Dominican Republic. Building Schools, Churches and Communities. Touching one child at a time.
Team Thrust went to Japan on its first mission In 1969, and proceeded to have meetings every year for several years in a row. The meetings called together pastors and workers from every denomination. It was called The Holy Spirit Conference. God poured out His Spirit in great abundance. The Japanese Church became strengthened, encouraged and blessed. Today we are putting together groups and finances to help 80,000 people who have been displaced by the earth quake and tsunami. We believe a principality has been broken over Japan and it is time to reach out to the land of Japan.