Pastor Shane tells about the beginnings of
New Hope Outreach.
How the ministry of
New Hope Outreach began Reaching Orphans and Widows with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ.
The Elderly Suffer Greatly With Little
Hope of a Future. I have been going to Russia since 1985. I have been and
continue to work with pastors and lay leaders who have spent up to 25 years
in prison under the old communist regime and many have suffered greatly for
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
My wife Evelyn, family and I have worked
with troubled youth for over 35 years. We have had 58 foster children in our
home over the years and most of them were teenagers from America, those kids
who in our society, nobody wanted.
I was invited to a Pastor's seminar in the
city of Perm, Russia in 1994. Perm is a city of over one-million people
located about 1,000 miles northeast of Moscow on the edge of the Ural
mountains near Siberia. It is the last major European city before going into
Asia. Until 1992, Perm had been isolated from the rest of the world because
of its armament facilities and approximately 100 political prisons. The
famous "salt mines of Siberia" are located in the Perm Region.
There are thousands of elderly men and
women without a livable income. Living conditions are deplorable for some of
them. There is begging, hopelessness, and depression.
In the Perm Region there are in excess of
10,000 orphans and more than 100 orphanages. While visiting one of these
orphanages in 1994, God spoke to me about adopting a little 13 year-old
girl. In asking about adoption the orphanage director took me to the
Minister of Education, who was responsible for all the orphans and
orphanages in the Perm Region. I was told that I was the first American to
ever adopt from this area. The minister of education was in awe that I would
want to adopt an older child.
I noticed some things at my daughter's
orphanage. The only toy for 117 children was a single broken roller skate.
Many of the kids had no socks or underwear. The kids daily ration of food
consisted of a couple slices of bread and a bowl of cabbage soup.
I came back to America and through
miracles of God I was back in Russia three months later to adopt my
daughter. It was November, 1994, I stepped off the train in Perm and it was
20 below zero. I immediately went to my daughter's orphanage and saw some of
the hardships these poor children endure. Children working in the yard
shoveling snow without any hats or gloves. Inside the orphanage it was 30
degrees. Every child wore every stitch of clothing they owned. Water pipes
were frozen and would be the rest of the winter.
I visited baby orphanages where babies had
diaper rash so bad that it turned into fungal problems that covered their
little bodies. There was a room set aside in some of these orphanages for
children in such severe conditions to go and die. There is no money in this
bankrupt society to buy medicine for these precious children.
I came back to America determined to help
these kids. I went back to these same baby orphanages six-months later with
vitamins, anti-fungal cream and baby clothes. The director just wept and
wept in my arms with a heart full of gratitude.
Through the grace of God, He has opened to
us, with favor, the area of the Perm Region and beyond to minister to and
help thousands of orphan's, widows and street kids.
We provide vitamins, toys, computers,
basic medicines, food, education, workers, bibles, tracts, evangelism, love,
love and more love for these precious children. God says that He is the
Father to the fatherless and He wants to be that through all of us.
While looking for a name for our
organization some of my board members and I were visiting a college for
handicapped young men and women. They invited me to share the Gospel with
them. None had ever heard a Gospel presentation. I shared about God's love
and over half of them gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we were preparing to leave this college
the local Russian Pastor was in tears as he held me in his arms and said to
me, "You have given these lost souls 'New Hope' and we knew in that moment
what our organizational name should be.
Although I founded the organization I am
governed by a board of directors and donated money is used as wisely as
possible in the ministry to the children. We have a small staff with large
We are a Christian non-denominational
501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.
John & Elya Shane visit the orphanage where
Elya grew up
religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the Fatherless and widows in their
and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
If you really fulfill the royal law
according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself",
you do well.
"For the LORD your God is God of
gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows
no partiality nor takes a bribe. "He administers justice for the
fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food
and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17-18)
"At the end of every third year you
shall bring out the tithe of your produce of that year and store it up
within your gates. "And the Levite, because he has no portion nor
inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow
who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the
LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
When the ear heard, then it blessed
me, And when the eye saw, then it approved me; Because I delivered the
poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper. The
blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow's heart
to sing for joy. (Job 29:11-13)
But You have seen, for You observe
trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits
himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalms 10:14)
LORD, You have heard the desire of the
humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the
earth may oppress no more. (Psalms 10:17-18)
A father of the fatherless, a defender
of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. (Psalms 68:5)
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do
justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free
them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalms 82:3-4)
The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns
upside down. (Psalms 146:9)
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves
clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do
evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the
fatherless, Plead for the widow. "Come now, and let us reason
together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall
be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as
wool. (Isaiah 1:16-18)
Assyria shall not save us, We will not
ride on horses, Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, 'You
are our gods.' For in You the fatherless finds mercy." (Hosea 14:3)
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Execute
true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not
oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of
you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.' (Zechariah 7:9-10)
Then little children were brought to
Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples
rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and
do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew