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Project Hope

$5,000raised of $5,500 goal
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Organizer: Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder Beneficiary: Orphans In Irkutsk, Russia

In 2002, Anastasia Yoder was adopted from Irkutsk, Russia in 2002. Help Anastasia send Christmas Gifts and God's Word to children in her former orphanage and city!

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At 3 1/2 years old, Anastasia Yoder (pictured here) was adopted from Irkutsk, Russia in the heart of Siberia. Today, she's a vibrant 14 year old, who loves sports, music, hanging out with friends and loves the Lord.

Last year, she found out Russian Ministries had started a program called, Gift of Hope in her former city. It's a program to send Christmas gifts and God's word to orphaned children in the former Soviet Union. She decided to raise money to send gifts to all of the children in her former orphanage, out of gratitude for her care-givers taking care of her and as a way to tell these children that God loves them.

She was able to raise more than $5,000 with the help for friends and relatives.

This year, she'd like to do even more. So, she's partnering with other young people who were adopted from the same region of Russia, to send even more gifts.  Nikolas Yonkers, Annika Tuls, Matt and Katie Olsen and Anastasia hope to raise enough money to send gifts to more than 5,000 kids this Christmas.

Each gift costs $25. The money is collected and sent to a trusted church in the region. They then purchase toys, candy, hygiene items and God's word to distribute to children in orphanages.

These gifts allow the local church to gain access to the orphanages where they hand out the gifts, but also share the Good News of Jesus Christ through Christmas programs.

Be as generous as you can! If your church would like to adopt this as a Christmas project, please contact me (Greg) at (616) 648-0062, or email me at gregsyoder@gmail.com.

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12/20/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Dear Friends:

I wanted to let you all know that we surpassed our goal!!  59 poeple helped provide $5000 here on this website. Then, we had private donations from a church and family and friends of about $1,900. The means a total of $6,900 will be used to purchase gifts for 276 children in Irukutsk. That's enough for Anastasia's orphanage and one other. Thank you for your geneocity. It means a lot to us! 

If you'd like to see photos and video of the gift distribution, you can go to http://www.gregorysyoder.com. I will be posting photos and video as I receive them from Pastor Sergey Aleev at the Baptist Biblc Church in Irkutsk.

God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Greg, Ann and Anastasia Yoder
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12/17/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Dear Friends:

It is amazing how God has worked in the last couple of days. God has worked in the hearts of 42 people, so far, to help provide Christmas gifts to kids in my orphanage. It's pretty cool to see all the different places people are from.

We are very close to my goal. My church, Grace Community Church, helped raise $1,800. Add on the money people have donated here and we're just a few hundred dollars away from seeing my whole orphanage funded.

I don't want one kid to go without. I want to get them a Christmas they've never had before. Just a little box with a toy, candy, a tooth brush and other everyday things and most importantly God's Word.

I know you have given already, but could you help me finish strong by either emailing your friends and encouraging them to give to this project. Or, share this link on your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Together with your help we can do it.

Anastasia Yoder
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12/17/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Dear Friends:

It is amazing how God has worked in the last couple of days. God has worked in the hearts of 42 people, so far, to help provide Christmas gifts to kids in my orphanage. It's pretty cool to see all the different places people are from.

We are very close to my goal. My church, Grace Community Church, helped raise $1,800. Add on the money people have donated here and we're just a few hundred dollars away from seeing my whole orphanage funded.

I don't want one kid to go without. I want to get them a Christmas they've never had before. Just a little box with a toy, candy, a tooth brush and other everyday things and most importantly God's Word.

I know you have given already, but could you help me finish strong by either emailing your friends and encouraging them to give to this project. Or, share this link on your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Together with your help we can do it.

Anastasia Yoder
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12/13/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
We have had an amazing two days of fundraising for Anastasia's Project Hope outreach. She was on the air with Janet Parshall on Moody Radio. That helped us get to within striking distance. The money raised here, coupled with the money raised at Grace Community Church and private donations, we're within $800 of reaching our goal.

We do need your help, though. If you could post this on your Facebook page, send some Tweets on Twitter or send email messages encouraging people to give, that would really help our effort.

We only have a few short days left. Please do whatever you can. We don't want any kids to go without a present and God's Word this Christmas in Orphanage 1 in Irkutsk.

Also, if you haven't seen it, Anastasia made a video of the project. You can share that, too. Here's the link: http://youtu.be/okaEvDwbFTM


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11/29/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Hello all:

Well, today is Black Friday. That means we only have a few short weeks to reaise money to send Christmas gifts to Anastasia's former orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia. We're working with Russian Ministry's Project Hope. While we're making progress, the progress is slow. The great news is we have at least one church helping us. The totals reflected here don't include those donations. So, if you've already donated, we want to thank you. We'd also like to ask you to help us get the word out about this project. Share this on your facebook page and send email to your friends and relatives.

God bless you all.

Greg Yoder
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11/29/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Hello all:

Well, today is Black Friday. That means we only have a few short weeks to reaise money to send Christmas gifts to Anastasia's former orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia. We're working with Russian Ministry's Project Hope. While we're making progress, the progress is slow. The great news is we have at least one church helping us. The totals reflected here don't include those donations. So, if you've already donated, we want to thank you. We'd also like to ask you to help us get the word out about this project. Share this on your facebook page and send email to your friends and relatives.

God bless you all.

Greg Yoder
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11/29/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
Hello all:

Well, today is Black Friday. That means we only have a few short weeks to reaise money to send Christmas gifts to Anastasia's former orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia. We're working with Russian Ministry's Project Hope. While we're making progress, the progress is slow. The great news is we have at least one church helping us. The totals reflected here don't include those donations. So, if you've already donated, we want to thank you. We'd also like to ask you to help us get the word out about this project. Share this on your facebook page and send email to your friends and relatives.

God bless you all.

Greg Yoder
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11/10/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
We're off to kind of a slow start, but it is a few weeks before Thanksgiving. We need to start putting this fundraiser in high gear if we hope to reach our initial goal of $5,000 to place Christmas gifts in the hands of every orphan it Anastasia's former orphanage.

We're working on a video that will help, but we need you to help spread the word. If you could post this link on your facebook page and send out email to everyone in your email address book, that could really help.

We also have some fliers you could print out and hand out at your church, business or school. Please contact me if you would like a pdf of that file and I will provide you the link.

Thank you for being a part of this fundraiser. You'll be hearing from Anastasia and her efforts, too.

Greg Yoder
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10/23/2013
by Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
The Project Hope Christmas gift program is being launched this weekend at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI. The church has given part of the service to Greg and Anastasia to introduce people to this year's Christmas project.

This year's Christmas project is to raise enough money to send Christmas gifts to Anastasia's former orphanage.

That is a goal of $5,500. While that's the goal for the church, Anastasia and Greg are hoping to do more. With your help, they want to provide gifts and God's word to all 5,000 orphans in Irkutsk.

If you'd like to see a video of the project, be watching here. After I runs at Grace, I'll be posting it here.
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