Orphan Care

Orphan Care

God shows his deep abiding special love for Orphans and Widows throughout scripture

Hope Now provides a means for you to sponsor a child who no longer has a family. 

Our relationship with Shpola Orphanage offers a unique way to connect the love of Christ to His children in Ukraine.



Orphan Care
"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow ...” (Deuteronomy 10:18 NIV)".

  

Love the Orphan

Love the Orphan

 

Our Marvelous God

By Pastor Rick Warren @rickwarren

The gods that the ancient world worshipped were concerned with great people — the mighty and cunning, the swift and the gorgeous. The rest of humanity served as a backdrop — bit players, foils, inconsequential fodder for the grand plans of kings, generals, and deities.

Not so with the God of the Bible.

We see God’s strange interest in the people on the margins carved upon every page of Scripture. It was evident in Yahweh’s selection of a nation of slaves to be his special people. It echoed in his choice of sheep-tenders to be the first to hear news of the Incarnation.

But perhaps nowhere do we see this curious reality more clearly than in God’s passion for the orphan.

We may miss how odd it actually is because we live in a culture that is deeply shaped by Christian assumptions. Though it is often violated, to care for the weak and vulnerable remains a Western virtue. This generally wasn’t the case in the cultures that surrounded Jewish and early Christian communities. Like modern Social Darwinists, ancient societies typically saw weakness as unworthiness to live. As the Roman philosopher Seneca described Roman culture during Jesus’ time, “We drown children who at birth are weakly and abnormal.”

Consider then the marvel of a God who not only tolerates the feeble and lowly, but places special premium on defending and caring for them.

What a contrast. We see God, the most potent and self-sufficient Power imaginable, continually expressing profound concern for the least potent and self-sufficient — the orphan in distress. The Law describes, “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow ...” (Deuteronomy 10:18 NIV). The Prophets echo the same truth: “For in you the fatherless find compassion” (Hosea 14:3b). And, again, in the psalms, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families ...” (Psalm 68:5-6).

As we grasp this outlandish, beautiful reality, we encounter the truth of God’s father heart. It pulses not only for the orphan, but for each of us as well. He pursued us when we were destitute and alone. He adopted us as his children. He invites us to call him “Abba” and to live as his daughters and sons.

Of course, we must not miss the fact that God calls his people to do the same. We are to live out “pure and faultless religion” by caring for the orphan and widow in their distress (James 1:27).

As we do this, we reveal God’s heart to the world. Whether by adoption or foster care or mentoring or supporting the local Church in care for orphans around the globe, we display that astonishing reality that the Great One cares passionately for the least. And in the process, we experience God’s heart more deeply ourselves as well — a peculiar, marvelous love for the orphan. A peculiar, marvelous love for us.

Sponsor an Orphan


Sponsor an Orphan

kid's from Shpola Orphanage

Orphan Sponsorship focuses on providing comprehensive, individualized care for each child in the present, from nutrition, to health/hygiene, to counseling while exposing them to the Gospel.


You can partner with Hope Now to give hope to the orphan by sponsoring a specific child for $25 per month.   

As part of your sponsorship you will also get to know and contact your sponsored child.

Our Director, Cyndee Knight, and her team, visits Shpola Orphanage often and has built good relationships with the staff and children.

You may send cards or photos to our Atlanta office, and we will make sure they are translated and delivered to your sponsored child.
You are also invited to serve as a leader at our annual Shpola summer camp or come along on our Fall Sponsor’s trip where you can meet your sponsored child in person. 


 

 


 

Sponsoring a Child brings Lifelong Joy

Sponsoring a Child brings Lifelong Joy

Your $25 monthly sponsorship of a child living at Shpola will help provide basic necessities as well as non-luxuries like:

Shpola School Uniforms Personal Mentor
Onsite Christian camp After School Enrichment
Warm quality clothing Art and Craft Supplies
Repairs and Renovations Monthly Christian Club
Life Skills Classes for teens New Boots and Shoes
Teacher and Staff Training Birthday Present
Playground and Sports Equipment New Socks and Underwear
Dental & hygiene support Housing Advice and Placement

How much of your gift goes directly to the children?


$2 of your monthly gift is needed for overhead to administer the program. The balance lifts up Shpola Orphanage and the needs of your sponsored child. Thank you for praying about and considering this special gift, which will change the lives of these precious ones.

Finally, please place the attached photo where you will see it… on your refrigerator, desk or in your Bible. Please pray for the well-being of this child that was selected especially for you. Please answer the call to be their Prayer Partner.


Sponsor an Orphan

Shpola Orphanage

A home for those without a home.

Shpola School

Shpola School is a “special-needs” school for children who have difficulty keeping up compared to children their own age.

At Shpola, a regular 5-year curriculum is completed in 9 years. Children come from various backgrounds and circumstances. Some are orphaned through the loss of parents, some are abandoned, and for some the state has determined their parents are not fit to raise them. For these and other reasons, the children are set back in their education. Most do not have hopes or dreams they can verbalize.

The town of Shpola is the official geographical center of Ukraine. It is one of 3 major “special needs” orphanages in the Cherkasy Region, located about an hour away from our office in Ukraine.

Shpola provides both education and housing for up to 200 children, aged 6-16 years.
The orphanage receives government funds to meet basic needs, and their dedicated staff is very resourceful in stretching every available penny. However, with so many children to house, educate and care for the need is greater than provided funds. The 230 yr. old buildings are crumbling and the grossly underpaid staff is constantly making repairs to try to make the children’s living conditions more bearable.