December 8th, 2020

2021, we’re looking forward to you!

Are you feeling weary of this year? Maybe you’re still looking for God’s provision or a sign of His blessings from a tired and overwhelming 2020. In Genesis, chapter 18, Sarah overheard the Lord in the form of three visitors, telling Abraham his wife would have a son in the following year. Sarah did what most of us would do worn out at 89 years of age. She laughed to herself. But God knew she found this hard to believe and He affirmed what He had promised so many years before, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

You know there is nothing too hard for our Lord because you have partnered, prayed and supported us and the orphaned children of Ukraine, trusting God to make His difference in their lives. And we have experienced His faithfulness year after year, even in 2020. So, with great anticipation we look forward to the New Year, knowing He already has the answers we need, just as He has in this year.

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, God’s provision of our Savior, and usher in the New Year, would you pray with us about the possibility of having another House of James home? This time we are seeing the great needs in our home state of Arizona. We definitely need God’s provision and guidance, so this is just in the praying stage for now and we appreciate you joining with us in order to seek Him.

We also want to make you aware of some our current and upcoming needs.

One Time Needs:

House of James 2 needs a family room remodel - $7,000
House of James 3 needs to complete several projects already begun - $5,000
House of James 3 needs a newer van - $12,000
All three homes need mattresses and pillows replaced - $3,000

Annual 2021 Needs for All Three Homes:

Health and Dental expenses estimated at $7,000
Unexpected house repair expenses totaling about $10,000
Daily needs for groceries, utilities, maintenance and transportation totaling approximately $70,000
Each child’s clothing and school supplies totaling $6,000

May God bless you with His joy and laughter as you experience His provision in His perfect plan and timing this Christmas and into 2021!

November 17th, 2020

Greetings from everyone at House of James 3!

On the 12th of November, we updated you on the House of James 2 children. If you missed that update, you can scroll down on this page until you hit the heading November 12th to read those updates.

The below is an updated on all the children at House of James 3:

Masha who was rescued in 2020 along with her sisters, Nastya and Alina, is 10 years old. She is in the 5th grade. She does well in school and she is creative. She draws and does crafts a lot. Masha was born on August 4th, 2010.

Dasha who was rescued in 2014 along with her siblings, Ivan and Katya, and is now 11 years old. She is in the 6th grade. She likes to read and play, but most of all, she loves to do handcrafts. She is very creative. Dasha was born on August 25th, 2009.

Katya who was rescued in 2014 along with her siblings, Ivan and Dasha, is now 12 years old. She is in the 7th grade. She loves to read, draw and play. Katya was born on January 11th, 2008.

Alina who was rescued in 2020 along with her sisters, Nastya and Masha, is 12 years old. She studies in the 7th grade. She is fond of needlework and loves to read. She dances and sings in her church worship group. She was born on February 4th, 2008.

Nastya who was rescued in 2020 along with her little sisters, Alina and Masha, is 14 years old. She studies in the 9th grade. She is fond of needlework. Likes to sing and dance in the worship group in her church. Nastya was born on April 19th, 2006.

Ivan who was rescued in 2014 along with his two little sisters, Katya and Dasha, is now 16 years old. He studies in the 10th grade. He loves to read a lot and plays logic games. His favourite being chess. Ivan was born on November 10th, 2004.

Ilya who was rescued in 2015 is now 16 years old. He is in his senior year of high school. He loves to read and is very interested in computer technology and design. He is also engaged in art drawing and he is an athletic boy. He helps out a lot and enjoys doing housework. Ilya was born January 7th, 2004.

2020 has been a rough year for House of James Ministries as it has for most. Please continue to pray for us as we have lost monthly supporters and received less donations this year then the years before.

To sign up for monthly giving or to give a onetime donation, please click here.

May the Lord bless you and keep you! Thanks for your continued prayers and support!

Below is a photo of the House of James 3 family.

November 12th, 2020

Greetings from everyone at House of James 2!

It's been awhile since we have updated you with the latest on our chidden. We appreciate your ongoing support for all of us at House of James Ministries! The children, house parents and the Johnson family (missionaries) fully rely on the monthly and onetime gifts from our supporters. Please know that we are very grateful for your prayers and generosity! We hope to have more updates for you on the HOJ 1 and 3 children within the next couple of weeks.

House of James 2 children:

Yulia who we rescued in 2015 along with her sister, Katya, is now 5 years old! She is currently attending kindergarten. She has grown into a very active child. She loves to sing and dance. She also loves to swim in the sea. She is very cheerful and makes the entire family laugh. She was born on 01-08-2015.

Rostik who we rescued in 2018 along with his older brother, Alosha, is now 6 years old! He is currently in kindergarten. Since he was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, he requires additional care. He receives speech therapy and and sees a psychologist every week. He loves to play with cars, lego type toys and ride his bike! He was born on 02-07-2014

Alosha who we rescued in 2018 along with his little brother, Rostik, is now 8 years old. He attends the 2nd grade. He loves to ride his bike, help with housework, draw and build things. He is a very curious child and is always asking questions. He is very much interested in the world around him. He was born 10-28-2012.

Katya who we rescued in 2015 along with her little sister, Yulia, is now 9 years old. She is in the 3rd grade. She loves to sing, dance, travel and loves to eat delicious foods. She also loves her best friend, Samuel Johnson. She was born on 03-10-2011

Alina who we rescued in 2011 along with her sister and brother, Onya and Misha, is now 10 years old. She studies in the 5th grade. She does very well in school. She loves to draw, read, and play with other kids at school. She is a big help around the house. She is interested in learning English and loves animals; especially cats. She was born on 02-08-2010

Onya who we rescued in 2011 along with her little sister and big brother, Alina and Misha, is now 13 years old! She is in the 8th grade. She is interested in learning English and wants to become a blogger. She loves sports and she is a very good student. She loves to participate in youth ministry. She was born on 12-19-2006.

Vitya who we rescued in 2008 along with his older sisters, Yana and Deona, is now 15 years old. He attends a technical school and is learning to be an auto mechanic. He is very much a teenager and everything connected to it. He was born on 02-20-2005.

Natasha who we rescued in 2008 is now 16 years old! She attends the 11th grade. She plays the bass and sometimes the violin in the worship group at the Vinnitsa Nazarene church. She dreams of having a guitar and loves to ride her bike. She will be graduating high school this spring! She was born 01-28-2004.

Deona who we rescued in 2008 along with her younger brother and older sister, Vitya and Yana, is now 17 years old! She is in her 2nd year in music/dance college. She loves cooking and baking. She is a big help with the little kids and around the house. She was born on 10-24-2003.

2020 has been a rough year for House of James Ministries as it has for most. Please continue to pray for us as we have lost monthly supporters and received less donations this year then the years before.

To sign up for monthly giving or to give a onetime donation, please click here.

May the Lord bless you and keep you! Thanks for your continued prayers and support!

Sean Johnson
President/Founder of House of James Ministries

Photo below:
Sergei and Olga, house parents, out picking mushrooms with some of the kids; Onya, Rostik, Yulia, Alosha and Katya

March 9th - HOJ 2 in need

Last year we were blessed by your generosity through prayers and financial support for remodelling two bathrooms at House of James 2. The condition of the home plays a huge role when it comes to helping the children with their confidence and being functional for them in their everyday lives. Now it’s time to remodel the boys’ bedroom and the family room at HOJ 2. In the family room, we will be ripping out the rotting floors and adding a layer of cement to the foundation. Then we’ll replace it with new flooring. We will need to rewire the walls due to the floor plan change to make the room more functional. Also, we will be adding a fireplace, which the kids have been dreaming about for a long time. We’ll also replace the old wallpaper and repaint the ceiling. For the boys’ room we will just replace the old wallpaper and repaint the ceiling.

For us to make this all happen, we need a total of $7,000. Will you please consider participating in the support of this need by giving a tax-deductible gift? We won’t be able to start the project until we have all the funds in order. We will be blessed with whatever amount you can give. Our homes rely on the donations of our supporters, and our House of James families deeply appreciate all that you do for them!

If you would like to give a gift through our secured website, please click here.

To contribute by check, send to:

House of James Ministries
2908 N. 21st Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Thanks for your consideration and continued support!

Blessings,
Sean Johnson
President/Founder of House of James Ministries

End of the year needs 2019

In this season, as the commercialism bombards us with material things that bring temporary happiness, I think of the beautiful lives of children, who God created and loves. And, of course, God has put that love in our hearts for the children of House of James. As we take in more abandoned children, replace nonworking stoves, gut deteriorated bathrooms, celebrate birthdays and achievements and grieve our losses we are thankful to have you alongside us. Thank you for your encouraging words, financial giving and prayers that help to keep us going on this mission God has placed before us.

Here are some specific needs we currently have:

$110,000 for the everyday needs for all 3 homes for the entire year of 2020
Monthly support is always needed to help meet these common needs for each home. We need 10k to come in every month.

$10,000 for renovations at House of James 1. The home has housed over 20 children and several work and witness teams over the past 14 years. There is much wear and tear.

$5,000 to complete the construction of the House of James 3 addition building.

$15,000 to go towards a newer van for House of James 2

$15,000 to go towards a newer van for House of James 3

$125,000 to build a 4th children’s home with furniture and all.

We currently have $17,000 to go towards a small transition home for the kids ageing out. We need an additional $20,000 to make that happen

Would you please consider a donation for your end of the year giving to make a huge difference in the lives of our children who have been rescued from abandonment in Ukraine?

You can give through our secure website. Every gift goes a long way! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the US. So, your gift is tax deductible!

Click on the below link to give your gift now!

https://houseofjames.org/ways-to-give/

We are a child refuge for abandoned and abused children left alone in the world. We seek to rescue children from the grip of despair and restore them to wholeness with love. Currently we have 3 homes in the Vinnytsya Region of Ukraine. Our mission is that each orphaned child that comes to a House of James home will be completely reborn into a new family and a new life filled with hope!

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

Half Way Through Summer

Summer is flying by! We are already half way through it and lots has already happened! We were blessed with a team from Go Be Love in the first week of June. They visited with all three homes, played with the kids and met some needs for the homes and the children. It was a blessed time! We also had a team of students from Southern Nazarene University out of Oklahoma. They came for 17 days and helped with a VBS and spent some time with the HOJ 1 and 2 families. They even watched over the children at HOJ 2 for three days while the house parents got a much deserved mini vacation. During their 2 week visit, we were able to take them to a government ran orphanage where they played with the precious children. They also blessed 20 children from property stricken families by treating them to a day of play at a children’s complex with massive amounts of trampolines and pizza. It was amazing to see the joy that these children experienced.

We are also excited that the need to send the children from all three homes to summer camps have been met! Between the three homes, they are a total of 7 camps and summer events that the kids will be a part of. Camps are not only vital for the spiritual growth for these children, but it also allows the house parents to get a much needed break as well.

Every year on September 1st school starts here in Ukraine. As always, we will need to buy many school clothes and supplies for most of the children. We usually need around $150 per child. We will be buying for 27 kids this year. So we are in need of $4,050. Please pray that God provides this important need within the next month. If you would like to give towards the school needs, please click here. 

Please continue to pray for House of James Ministries as we are in need of more monthly supoort. Also, please pray for the abandoned children of Ukraine as many of them still need a place they can call home.

To help meet the daily needs for the children from all three homes, you can become a monthly supporter! If that is something you feel called to do, please click here.

Thanks for taking the time and reading our mid-summer update!

Blessings from all of us at House of James Ministries

July 18th, 2019

House #3 Expansion Project

Thank you to all who have contributed to this project. It has made all the difference to get us to this point. We still need your help.

We continue to need funds to put the finishing touches on the playroom / garage building, including a front porch for summer meals and also need to install pavers for the driveway leading up to it. Approximate funds still needed: $5,000.

Please visit our "Ways to Give" page and mark your donation if you would like to give towards this project.

February 3, 2019