Christina Omelchenko – Children’s Art Centre
Christina is the leader and coordinator of the new Children’s Art Centre. This children’s ministry, operated out of Christian Hope Church (CHC), reaches out to children in Ukraine’s capitol city of Kiev. Christina, who has been working in children’s ministry for many years, has launched this new ministry to reach kids after school. Seeing both a need and an opportunity, Christina has successfully attracted dozens of school children to regularly attend. With the help of numerous volunteers, she provides a safe, healthy, and fun environment for these children to learn and grow. The program provides music, crafts, and snacks, as well as volunteer tutors to help the children with their education. Christina has even organized a drama group that performs plays for orphans, handicapped children, and veterans.
Anya Bronnikova – Orphanage Outreach Ministry
Anya Bronnikova lives in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She regularily visits orphanages full of unloved, abandoned children. Most of the children in these institutions have never heard or experienced the gospel.
Anya is a ray of bright sunshine to these children with her smile and her obvious love for them and Jesus. Each day Anya looks for new ways to make a difference in the lives of these children. Whether is is the Bible Club programs she runs, or teaching classes on morals and ethics, the love and hugs Anya gives inspire new hope in the hearts and souls of children who have very little to hope for.
Alexei & Tanya Tyzenko – Christian Foster Homes
Alexei and Tanya have a passion for underprivileged children. Together they lead a network of volunteer christian families who provide a Christian Foster Home placement for orphans in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Called ‘Faith, Hope, and Love Ministry’, Alexei and Tanya help organize and find support for these families.
Alexei is a teacher by trade, and has completed a university degree in psychology. They have three biological daughters of their own, while they raise about 10 foster children in their home. In the last several years, the association has grown from seven to ten foster families.
Recently, Alexei and Tanya moved outside the city to a smaller village more open to Christian home care. They have plans to open a kitchen for street kids in their village.
Andrei Shaiter – Together Camping Ministry
Andrei Shaiter received his Bible College education in England. After returning to Minsk, Belarus, God led Andrei into various ministries to children and young people, such as youth Bible studies, and a Christian mime and drama team.
Andrei and a team from several local churches in the area form a committee that runs Christian camps for Belarusian youth. They have been able to take these underprivileged Belarusian kids to camps from Poland, to Ukraine. Starting in 2004, they were able to acquire a rural property outside Minsk that they could convert into a Christian youth camp. Called Camp Hutorok (‘Together’), children from all over Belarus, some of whom have never even heard the name Jesus come to camp and have the time of their lives. Most of all, they hear about Jesus and learn what the Bible has to say.
Andrei also goes into local orphanages teaching woodworking skills, teaching the kids a marketable skill. After having proven himself diligent and faithful, the orphanage workers now allow Andrei to take the orphan children to church.
Dr. Irina Vlasenko – Senior’s Respite Centre
Dr. Irina Vlasenko is a medical doctor and lawyer whose ministry and calling is to help seniors and elderly people in Ukraine. In 1999, Dr Irina and several other volunteers from her home church in Kiev (CHC) began an visitation and outreach program for shut-in seniors in the Kiev area called the ‘Mercy Ministry’.
A few years ago, with support from Canada and the United States, Dr. Irina began an a respite care centre for seniors. The centre, called “Light for the Lonely” is located just outside of the city of Kiev. Seniors are provided with specialty medical care, good nutritious meals, and Christian fellowship during a two week stay. This ministry gives seniors a “vacation” from the city and allows them to get the extra care that would be difficult to provide in their own homes.
Dr Irina also has a passion to bring medical care, along with the message of the gospel, to small remote communities.
Pastors and Churches Ministry
Pastor Valery Reshetinsky – Christian Hope Church
Valery Reshitinsky is the senior pastor of one of the largest churches in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Christian Hope Church (CHC) has a heart for the people of Ukraine, with various outreach ministries which minister to all age groups. These ministries, such the youth outreach, children’s outreach, seniors ministry, men’s and women’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre’s, the prayer and intercession ministry, and the deaf ministry, are making a difference in Ukraine. Valery also serves as the leader of the Ukrainian Missionary Church, a organization representing hundreds of churches throughout Ukraine. Through the Missionary Training Centre, new leaders are being raised up to serve and reach Ukraine for Christ. Pastor Valery gives oversight and directs the overall vision of the church.
For the past several years, CHC has been working towards renovating the large building complex that they were given over 10 years ago. They are working towards achieving their vision of having a finished facility which will serve the purpose of reaching all Ukraine with the gospel. Although by no means complete, the church has now renovated enough of the building that they can have Sunday services there each week. The Missionary Training School also operates out of this complex as well the bookkeeping department.
Valery is married to Luba and they have three children: Nick, Valery Jr, and Nadia.
Valery Alimov – Missionary Training School (UMC)
Valery Alimov gave his heart to the Lord at a “Jesus” movie outreach in 1990 in Kiev, Ukraine. Since then, he has entered full time ministry. Working with Christian Hope Church and the Ukrainian Missionary Church he has planted and pastored two churches.
In 2002, Valery became the director of the Missionary Training Centre for the Ukrainian Missionary Church and Christian Hope Church in Kiev. This centre trains up new pastors and also provides classes for pastors already leading churches.
Valery spends much of his time traveling around Ukraine supervising pastors planting churches. Valery is responsible for giving oversight and guidance to these pastors and organizing Leadership Conferences.
Valery and his wife, Olga have a pre-teen daughter.
Natasha Rihlevsfeaya – Deaf Ministry (CHC)
Natasha and her team serve the deaf congregation at Christian Hope Church by translating services into Russian Sign Language, which has many differences from American Sign Language. Natasha also holds conferences to train others to sign so they can minister to this neglected part of Ukrainian society.
Deaf people are often poorly treated and not easily accomodated in Ukrainian society. Most have great difficulty obtaining employment. Natasha also organizes the deaf mercy workers who visit the homes of many hearing impaired people assisting them with daily living.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Ministry
Sergei Perkalsky – Men’s Drug Rehabilitation (CHC)
Sergei, a qualified medical practitioner, is the director of the Men’s Drug Rehab Centre operated by CHC in Kiev, Ukraine which ministers to men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
Recently, the rehab ministry purchased a property in the country which will allow them to teach addicts practical, marketable skills like farming. They have already used this property to grow crops and they are hoping to raise animals as well. Once the property is ready, they will use it to expand the program and help more addicts at a time.
Sergei also works as a translator for the church and is the assistant pastor to Valery Reshetinsky.
Tanya Nazerenko – Women’s Drug Rehabilitation (CHC)
Tanya Nazerenko, trained in pschyology, has been the director of the women’s drug rehab program for Christian Hope Centre for over past 5 years.
Tanya has a love for each woman under her charge. Young female addicts spend six months in the program before graduating, after which they return to the centre once a week for accountability.
In the future Tanya would like to have a house in the country for the girls to live in where they could grow vegetables and be trained to find employment. She would like to get a contract for cleaning apartments or delivering food, keeping the girls busy, and making the program at least partially self-sufficient.