Stop for the one

I would like to introduce you to a ministry friend of mine from Ukraine. His name is Max Fetisov. Max founded True Hope Ministries. The vision of True Hope is to break the cycle of abandonment in the lives of orphans and to see them live and thrive independently with the knowledge that they are valuable and loved.

Max began this ministry 20 years ago. What’s unusual is that Max is only 31 years old. And this is only the tip of the iceberg with this young man’s remarkable story.  God has miraculously met Max is so many ways, including enabling him to both speak and understand English perfectly!

Here’s a brief explanation from True Hope’s website about how Max got started in this ministry:

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.

Orphans are marginalized and classified like criminals in Ukraine. There is much fear of them, and they cannot get the same education or have the same opportunities that other children have.

Unfortunately, statistics show that within 2 years of graduation 70-80% of Ukrainian orphans will become involved in crime or prostitution and 10% will take their own lives. There no help for them once they graduate from their state orphanage. This is where True Hope comes in, providing homes and training to help them have a viable life on the outside. Here’s a short video on the True Hope Ministry.

Max, and his wife, Amanda (she’s American), came and spoke at our church last Sunday. I’ve included a portion of his remarkable story in the audio clip below.  I think you’ll be inspired by Max’s story. He not only talks about how he started to ministering to orphans, but other amazing God stories, like his meeting a little boy in his “secret place,” which is an open sewer manhole!

Besides being in ministry for 20 years, Max also has a law degree and is an advocate for the orphans in Ukraine. When you listen to him you will not notice that he sounds like English is his natural language, even though he could not speak or understand any English until he needed it to graduate from High School. God miraculously gave it to him right there during the final exam!

Beloved, the Kingdom of God is primarily about family. And Max’s testimony and the True Hope Ministry is a perfect example of representing that to these children and young adults who live in such heartbreaking conditions.

He is a father to the fatherless
and an advocate for widows.
God rules from his holy palace.
God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes;
he frees prisoners and grants them prosperity.
But sinful rebels live in the desert. (Psalm 68:5-6 NET)

I think you’ll be uplifted and inspired by how God has used this amazing young man as he has simply said “yes” to God and cultivated a lifestyle of stopping for the one in front of him and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them. Here’s the audio clip from our Sunday service.

For more information on True Hope Ministries in Ukraine, go to: https://truehopeukraine.com/

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 38 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to Stop for the one

  1. hawk2017 says:

    Now THAT is what speaking in tongues is all about. Our God truely gave him a wonderful Gift. :))

  2. I enjoyed this, Mel! What a sweet ministry! It really captures the essence of our own orphan mentalities even in the Western world, and how we are really cared for, adopted as sons, part of a family, the heirs to a kingdom, really. When we don’t know who we are, and more important, Whose we are, we’re really vulnerable.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Very true, IB. I’ve ministered to a lot of religious orphans in churches. It’s almost codified in some of our theology. We don’t know who we are so we get pummeled by circumstances and the lies of the enemy. Pretty sad when you realize Who we have living in us and what He believes about us. As it’s been said, the only power sin and the devil has over us is the power we give them through our own ignorance and unbelief.

  3. Wow! He does sound like he has been speaking English all his life.

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