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.
5 He is a father to the fatherless
and an advocate for widows.
God rules from his holy palace.
6 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/