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The Lord is our Shepherd
Since, then you have been raised with Christ set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Shepherd’s Foundation focuses on Christ-centric, socially relevant, measurable, sustainable, and reproducible mission projects that have lasting transformational effects on individuals and partner communities in Ukraine.
To enrich the lives of individuals and communities in Ukraine through spiritual growth and encouragement.
Love, trust, respect, integrity, accountability, persistence, responsibility, honesty.
Our Lessons Learned
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Prayer for new ministry
While Shepherd’s Foundation was officially founded in the spring of 1993, the roots go back to September 1990. Paul and Linda Wicklund asked their small group to pray for them to find a new ministry for their lives. At the same time, Pastor Victor Deyev, from Zolotonosha signed up to be a sister church with an American congregation and was told his church had little chance of being selected.
Establishment of the Shepherd's Foundation
These beginning partnerships forged a solid relationship between Christians in Minnesota and Ukraine. The focus on working together and community outreach attracted attention from volunteers and donors eager to help, and Shepherd’s Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization in the spring of 1993 to meet these needs.
Community work launches in Zolotonosha
In the spring of 1994, a multi-specialty team consisting of dentists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, and social workers traveled to Zolotonosha to begin community work with Shepherd’s Foundation in cooperation with the local Zolotonosha Baptist church. The trip didn’t have a specific vision for the future or master plan. These were simply dedicated volunteers inspired by Wicklund’s stories of ministry in Ukraine and curious to see how they could help. As a result of God’s leading, a number of Shepherd’s Foundation ministries developed from this short-term trip, which are still making an impact today.
New day camp ministries
In the summer of 2003, a series of new day camps developed in Zolotonosha, including a sports camp, drama camp, English as a Second Language (ESL) camp, music camp, and cooking camp. These ministries reached out to hundreds of youth every summer providing fun, education, and a chance to hear the gospel.
Shepherd’s Foundation’s largest project to date. Being inspired by the story of Trout Lake Camps, the team answered the calling to transform the lives of kids and adults through fun and safe camping experiences that introduce the lifesaving message of Jesus, building a sustainable legacy of Christian camping in Ukraine.
Shepherd's Foundation readies for it's third decade of ministry
Although still a vital part of Shepherd’s Foundation ministry, Paul and Linda Wicklund retire from active leadership responsibilities. Shepherd’s Foundation looks ahead to its third decade of service following God’s leading and utilizing the energies of a devoted Ukrainian/American leadership team.