Dear family and friends,
January and February was a different kind of busy for Max and I as we’ve been traveling around the US sharing testimonies of all that God is doing in Ukraine. I’m always astoundingly overwhelmed by the generous hearts that care so much about us and a people half a world away. It’s a glorious reflection of the heart of God.
During one of our events, I looked around the room where over 200 people had taken time out of their busy lives to gather in support of the orphans we minister to. Some had been to Ukraine and worked alongside of us, others had only heard stories and were moved to help. My eyes filled with tears as I thought to myself, “If the kids we minister to only knew how many people are in their corner – how many people want to see them succeed.” But more than that, the team of support that God has gathered together is evidence of His pursuit to reveal his love to a seemingly insignificant people in a little known city in Ukraine.
Krivoy Rog, Ukraine is not an exception with God. Orphans are not an exception with God. Most days God’s passionate pursuit for our hearts goes unseen, but it is happening. Only in eternity will we fully know the plans he orchestrated, the divine appointments he made in order to reveal Himself to us. We can only love because He first loves us.
Max and I, along with our ministry team are privileged to be a part of God’s plans. Below are a couple of personal testimonies of lives impacted through our ministry in Ukraine.
My name is Alina and I’m 23 years old. I met Amanda and the True Hope team when they led a life skills class at my technical school. A few months later when I had no where to live for the summer, they invited me to live in one of their transitional apartments. If it wasn’t for them my life would be a lot more difficult. I don’t have any parents, but they have been a shoulder that I can lean on. My dream is to someday work in the ministry and serve others like me.
I’m Sergey and I’m 19 years old. Thanks to True Hope ministries I am able to pay the tuition for my technical school, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to study. They not only help me financially but are such an encouragement to me. I had an amazing time with them at youth camp last summer and I recently started serving as an usher in the church. I’m so glad they came into my life!
Blessings to you all,
Amanda and Max
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About Max & Amanda Fetisov (Gage)
Amanda has been serving in Ukraine since 2005. With a burden for the children and youth, she has ministered in orphanages and detention centers since she first arrived. Throughout the years, as she watched these children grow up and repeat the same heart-breaking mistakes of their addicted parents, her focus shifted to supporting these aged-out orphans as they transition from the orphanage into their adult lives. Through bible studies, support programs and transition homes she is working to see the cycle of poverty, abandonment and hopelessness broken in their lives.