Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TLC Welcomes 3 New Teens to Family...

This month, the TLC welcomes three new orphanage graduates from Mariupol School Orphanage #1 to its family.  Vadim, Fedya and Zhenya are all great young men and we are looking forward to having them live in the TLC for the new few years.

Here is a picture and brief profile of each of the boys...

Fedya Pichahchi

Age:                        15
Date of Birth:        17.12.1996
Town of Birth:      Village near Mariupol, Ukraine

Family History:
Came to the orphanage in 2010 after the death of his father.
His mom has been considered missing since 2007.
Fedya has a younger sister who is in the orphanage, too. They are very close.  He has an aunt who lives in Russia but comes to Mariupol in summer and spends time with him.

Fedya likes sports and is considered to be a leader in his class.  Fedya is planning to study welding.

His weak point is being short-tempered sometimes.

Vadim Golokov

Age:                        15
Date of Birth:        11.03.1997
Town of Birth:      Village near Donetsk, Ukraine 

Family History:
Came to the orphanage in 2008.
His parents lost their parental rights in 2008.  Shortly after loosing her parental rights, his mother died. He has an older sister who lives in Western Ukraine and a grandmother who calls him from time to time.

Vadim likes table tennis, soccer and participates in school shows.  He is planning to study welding.

He is a friendly and sociable person but loses his temper sometimes.

Zhenya Dolgov

Age:                        18
Date of Birth:        10.04.1994
Town of Birth:      Harzyzsk,  Ukraine

Family History:
Came to the Mariupol orphanage #1 in 2003
His mom died soon after she lost her parental rights and his dad is missing.  Zhenya has an older sister but she hasn’t visited him while he was in the orphanage. 

He is fond of different kinds of sports, can draw well and play the drums.

His teachers characterize him as a boy without any problems in behavior.  Zhenya is shy and considers that to be his drawback.
He neither smokes nor drinks alcohol.

If you would like to sponsor one of the boys as they begin the next phase of their lives, you can sign up to sponsor them using our PayPal link below.  If you would prefer to sponsor by check, please email us at donations@jeremiahshope.org 


Monday, August 20, 2012

ACU Students - Jeremiah's Hope Dinner Tickets for 20 September

This summer, a lot of ACU students came and worked with us in Ukraine with either the Hillcrest Church of Christ, North Davis Church of Christ or WorldWide Witness.  We would love for you to join us for our annual fundraising dinner - "A Night for the Children of Ukraine" - on Thursday, September 20th.

We recognize that you are students and we want to invite you to come and enjoy a great evening hearing about what God is doing in Ukraine.

Instead of our usual ticket price of $18, we are offering ACU students the ability to come for a student price of $10.  If you would like to come, please purchase your tickets, no later than September 5th.


Sunday, August 19, 2012


Each year, Jeremiah's Hope hosts our annual fundraising dinner in Abilene, Texas.  We would like to invite you, if you are in the Abilene or West Texas area, to join us on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 in the evening at the Hunter Welcome Center on the campus of Abilene Christian University.  

This year our theme will focus around Job 29:12, "I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them."  Jeremiah's Hope's ministry is about rescuing children who are orphaned and alone or who are living in family situations that put them at risk.  We invite you to come hear about how you can help us rescue more children!

Tickets for the dinner are $18 per person or a table of 8 for $120.  

Tickets can be purchased online using the PayPal link below:

Ticket/Table Purchase

If you have further questions contact us at akellyukraine@gmail.com or 325-480-0889 by September 15th to RSVP.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

IN MEMORY: OLEG SHEFFER (June 30, 1991 - April 19, 2012)

On Thursday, April 19th, 2012, we received word that Oleg Sheffer had died.  Oleg was swimming in a lake outside of Mariupol when he drowned.  His older brother claimed his body and Oleg was burried last week in his hometown of Dzerzhinsk, Ukraine.
olegOleg was born on June 30, 1991.  He has an older brother and an older sister.  He grew up in the orphanage in Dzerzhinsk, Ukraine.  In August of 2008, Oleg came to live at the transitional living center.  He studied at the trade school and graduated in 2010. 

This was a tragic accident and we pray for Oleg's soul and for those who were his friends

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Prayer Needs...

Starting today, we are going to start posting monthly prayer needs for Jeremiah's Hope. We hope you will print these needs out, put them in your Bible or tape them to your fridge and remember to pray for these needs all month. Thanks in advance!

Prayer Needs for Transitional Living Center
  • Pray for the teens as they complete the remainder of this semester of their studies. Pray that they will focus on learning the material and for those doing their internships in the factories.
  • Pray for Misha (14 years old) who lives at the Mariupol orphanage and spends weekends and holidays living at the TLC. Pray that God would raise up a family willing to adopt this young man, who already loves you, and raise him in a Christian home.
  • Pray for continued spiritual growth in the lives of those who are Christians in the TLC.
Prayer Needs for Sasha Project Kids
  • Pray for our "Teen Girls Retreat" coming up the weekend of March 9-11. Two of our interns from ACU (last summer) are coming to Ukraine to do this retreat and share with these young ladies about how rich the Fathers love is for them and how He desires a relationship with them.
  • Pray for Natasha (16) as she has made some poor decisions recently and is now pregnant. She also has lice. Pray for God to work in her life and that she will desire to carry this baby to term and for support as she makes decisions about where her life is going next.
  • Pray for Olha and Kolya who have dropped out of school (9th grade and 8th grade) because of no parental support or involvement in their lives. They are discouraged and seem to be giving up. Pray that we can encourage them to return to school so that they have the skills to survive. Pray also, that this might be an opportunity to further share Jesus Christ with them!
Prayer Needs for the Camp
  • Praises to God for Sergei and Sveta Borodulin, our co-workers here at the camp. Pray that God would continue to strengthen their new marriage (married in October) and that their ministry will continue to grow as they serve together.
  • Pray for the completion of our new building. We are waiting for the snow to melt and temperatures to rise so we can complete the interior of the building. We hope to finish it by June 1st.
  • Pray for this upcoming summer and all 7 of the camps we have planned. Pray for the teams (over 70 Americans, Australians and Dutchmen) who will be coming to serve as various times during the summer.
Kolentsi Church Plant
  • Pray for the new church which is meeting here at the camp. There are about a dozen, from our village, who gather on Thursday evening and Sunday evening for study and worship.
  • Pray for the evangelists from the Obolon Church of Christ, in Kiev, who are leading this church plant. Pray that God would speak through them and that they would BOLDLY proclaim the Gospel!
  • Pray for our Evangelism Seminar which will take place from March 26-29 here at the camp.
General Prayer Needs
  • Pray for the new Rescue Shelter, which we hope to open in the summer for at-risk youth.
  • Pray for Gods continued provision of our ministry needs.
  • Pray that God will continue to make himself known among the orphans and at-risk youth of Ukraine!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kolentsi Church Continues to Meet...

With temperatures hovering around 3 degrees Fahrenheit and over 30 inches of snow, they come walking in the dark each Sunday evening for worship and a lesson from His Word. None of them Christian, but all are desperately seeking meaning and purpose to their lives here in our village, in this world and in this life. Each week, they come with questions, hoping to get answers.

For the past 6 months, the church plant in Kolentsi has gathered together weekly to worship and study. The evangelists from Obolon Church of Christ (Kiev, Ukraine) make the hour trek each week and our neighbors continue to come with a desire to learn more.

Tonight, twelve gathered in our lodge for worship. The weather is harsh and extreme, yet they come. A testimony to their dedication to learning more of God's amazing love for them. How many of you are dedicated enough to have trudged through 30 inches of snow and single digit temperatures to get to church? By foot, not by car. If those were our option, probably most of us would have stayed at home with a cup of coffee.

Please continue to keep this small group in your prayers!