Project Hope

For: Orphans In Irkutsk, Russia
Organizer: Anastasia Yoder/Greg Yoder
of $5,500 goal
90% Complete
Raised by 59 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

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 [email protected]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 1, 2014

Posted on December 1, 2014

You're receiving this message because you helped my daughter, Anastasia Yoder, send Christmas gifts to orphans in her former orphanage in Irkutsk, Russia. Would consider doing this again?  If you'd like to make a generous donation, there is a NEW URL. Go to Thank you!

Posted on December 20, 2013

Posted on December 20, 2013

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 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

Posted on December 17, 2013

Posted on December 17, 2013

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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