Ministry to the people of Ukraine

First Love International in Ukraine


Children’s Hope Ukraine


Children’s Hope Ukraine partners with Christian families of Ukraine to reach abandoned children and provide Christ-centered homes.  They focus on developing lifelong relationships, teaching and encouraging children to reach their full potential and preparing them for life on their own.  First Love currently oversee Safe Haven and Father’s Home for these special children.


All of our children come from neglectful or abusive backgrounds. They have been wounded and abandoned by the very people who should have loved them the most. They come to us hurting and confused. There is no quick fix for these kids. Building trust and breaking down the walls they’ve built around their hearts takes years. It is never easy and often painful, but we thank God that He is faithful. He has always loved our kids and has always been with them. Jesus is bringing healing to their hearts and is at work in their lives day after day and year after year. We rejoice that many have come to know Him as their Savior, and we continue to fight and pray that all of them would make that decision. We believe that God is raising up a generation of Ukrainian orphans who will love and follow after Christ, who will break free from the chains of their parents’ and grandparents’ pasts, and who will teach their own children to love and keep His commandments.


Daniel and Janna Ross run outreach camps for children in the state run orphanages.  The camping program offers the children an opportunity to experience nature, enjoy games and team building experiences, and learn about God’s love for them.  They also meet the staff from Safe Haven, and learn about the opportunity to live in a loving christian home.


Safe Haven is a home is Kiev, Ukraine for children that choose to leave the state run orphanage for a Christ-centered foster home.  Daniel and Janna Ross oversee the home to make sure the financial, educational, and spiritual needs of the children are provided for.   Many of the children have given their lives to Christ, completed college and are leading productive lives.


Father’s Home is a collection of children’s homes outside of Zhytomyr, Ukraine where Ukrainian couples are raising orphans in Christ-centered families. Currently there are four families with a total of 38 children – ranging from 2 to 20 years old.


First Love missionary Rosalynn Prough oversees the homes and works alongside the families to help with practical needs such as education, training for the parents of traumatized children, bonding time on family trips, spiritual growth at Christian camps, as well as partnering with a variety of other ministries through the local churches our families attend.


Our greatest desire is for our kids to know the love of Jesus, to repent and surrender their lives to Him, and to live for God the rest of their days.


Our Stories

Rusya’s Story

    Rusya was found sifting through a garbage dump looking for potato peels to cook when she was five years old, and was taken to a local rescue shelter for orphans.  While staying in the government run center Rusya started coming to a weekly Bible club at...

Lena’s Story

    I was taken from my home when I was four. A neighbor had called social services because they heard my brother and me crying and hitting the front door.  Our parents had locked us in the house and left us for three days; we were scared and hungry. First I...

Jerry’s Story

    J erry described his life as dark and empty, and that was before Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban washing away everything he owned.  First Love had sent food, clothing, water, and other supplies to Tacloban to meet the immediate needs.  Work teams...

Jana’s Story

    J ana grew up in the Czech Republic as an atheist. Her loving family supported and encouraged her passion for the arts and music, but deep down she felt emptiness in her life. Jana poured her life into her education, art, and relationships hoping to fill...

Disaster Relief

    First Love brings much needed disaster relief. THAILAND An earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed over 5,300 people in Thailand in 2004.  First Love identified a small village where every home had been destroyed.  Teams were sent...

Mary’s Story

Mary's father left 9 year old “Mary” to watch her little sister while he went to work to provide for the family.  Shortly after her father left home that morning, 3 men attacked “Mary.”  She was dragged into a nearby field to be beaten and brutally raped.  Her father...

Marina’s Story

y name is Marina, and I came to live with Anya and Bogdon in Safe Haven a year ago. My family is … well, broken.  My parents divorced when I was little.  I barely know my dad, because he is pretty much not interested in me.  He did come to see us a...

Biggest Current Needs

We are in need of financial support to provide for the children’s’ education, Christian summer camps, family trips, conferences and training for the parents, as well as for meeting many other various needs such as collecting humanitarian aid for refugees from Ukraine’s war-torn east or buying snacks for our church’s Jr. High gathering.

The People

  • Eastern Orthodox 65.4% 65.4%
  • Unspecified Christian 7.1% 7.1%
  • Greek Catholic 6.5% 6.5%
  • Protestant 1.9% 1.9%
  • Islam 1.1% 1.1%
  • Catholic 1% 1%
  • Other 16.9% 16.9%

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We are a non-denominational mission agency founded for the purpose of bringing love and hope to un-reached people residing in impoverished regions of the world.



At First Love we seek to “flesh out” the passion of Christ before a lost and dying world. In our ministries we have deliberately chosen to major on those whom the world might consider to be the minors.  And in that regard... our priority is to invest our greatest resources and energies on the least, because we recognize that whenever we reach out to the least of these, we do it for Jesus.


I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me...Jesus.

Matthew 25:40

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