Archive for April, 2015

Bringing Christ’s Love to Orphans

New Hope Center was able to visit and bless several orphanages with sports equipment, t-shirts, sneakers, etc., thanks to Laura Passanita and the generosity of her church in Virginia!

We were able to spend time with kids in several orphanages playing games, sports, contests, etc. They are very talented in music, dance, sports, and hand crafts and we were so blessed to be able to spend time with them. Over cookies and soda, one of our mentors, Yura Pilipenko, always shared the gospel with them and why Easter means everything to us.

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Ski Trip to Western Ukraine

In mid-March a group of 27 people from different backgrounds and churches, including a local orphanage director, three boys from our group home, and one boy who was adopted and moved to the States three years ago, went to the mountains of western Ukraine to spend 5 days skiing.The dynamics and differences were obvious during the 23-hour train ride, plus 5-hour bus ride to get to Bukovel.Within a day, however, we had fallen together, laughed together, had our breaths taken away together at the beautiful mountains surrounding us, prayed together, and forgotten how our backgrounds had separated us.

Our boys gained confidence in things they thought they couldn’t do, then turned and encouraged others. A girl from Donetsk who had recently lost her father, found freedom on the trails and in friendships, hearing about a Heavenly Father who desperately loves her.

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