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A beacon of hope

About Us

30 Years of Ministry

In 1993, Shepherd’s Foundation began supporting communities in Ukraine through partnering with professionals in a home-stay program connected with the local church.

God used multiple team visits yearly, allowing volunteers to share their knowledge and experience as the Gospel spread to many communities. Our goal was to develop Godly, skilled, and motivated Ukrainian Christian leaders in every sphere of work in the community. These resourceful people latched onto the best ideas and ran with them.

In 2016, Camp Maximum opened to provide fun and safe camping experiences for kids of all abilities and disabilities.

When the war with Russia began in 2022, Camp Maximum became a way station for weary travelers from the East. Our team evacuated, housed, and fed over 5,000 displaced people.

Presently Shepherd’s Foundation and Camp Maximum are focused on recovery and rehabilitation. This includes the opening of a prosthetic center and PTSD treatment for widows and orphans, in addition to programming for soldiers and police. We also continue to provide amazing camp experiences for Ukrainian kids.

We are blessed with a full-time Ukrainian staff that trusts God each step of the way. With your support, we will continue to follow Him as he change lives in Ukraine.

The Work

Our Impact 

Below are just a few of the ministries and innitiatives we’ve been a part of over the 30-year history of Shepherd’s Foundation in Ukraine.

Sister Churches

Calvary partnership with Zolotonosha Churches

Summer Camps

15 years of week-long Adventure Camps

Medical Care

Orthopedic surgery, general surgery, neonatal, intensivecare, and HIV education

Orphanages

Medical and dental care in orphanages across Ukraine

Social Services

Physical therapy programs for mentally, physically challenged children

Sister School

Establishment of a teacher exchange program emphasizing transformational leadership

Foster Families

Support of foster families with orphans

Agricultural Program

Family garden seed program and 100-acre farm

Legal Aid

Legal seminars on rule of law and legal systems

Camping Programs

Sports, drama,ESL, music, and cooking camps

Youth Center

Activities, Bible studies, sports, and more for youth and adults

Evangelion Choir

Performance choral ensemble

READ Ministries

Printing of Christian literature

Disability Programs

Family camp for disabled and adaptive soccer camp for women amputees

Who We Are

Since its establishment in 1993, Shepherd’s Foundation has been committed to supporting communities in Ukraine through short term mission trips, medical supply donations, and camp ministry.

Our Mission

Shepherd’s Foundation focuses on Christ-centered, socially relevant, measurable, sustainable, and reproducible ministries that have a lasting effect on individuals and community partners in Ukraine.

Our Vision

To enrich the lives of individuals and communities in Ukraine through spiritual growth and encouragement.

Our Values

Love, trust, respect, integrity, accountability, persistence, responsibility, honesty.

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.

Colossians 3:1-7

By the Numbers

The Shepherd’s Foundation in numbers.

Years of Ministry

Missions Complete

Volunteers

Fields of Ministry

Years of Ministry

Missions Complete

Volunteers

Fields of Ministry

Our Team

Board of Directors

Lowell Becker MD

Board Member

Lowell Becker, MD, has been active with Shepherd’s Foundation since his first trip to Ukraine in 1994. Since then he has returned over 35 times.

 

Olivia M. Bradley

Board Member

Olivia M Bradley is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Trans-Consolidated, Inc.

 

Katie Bonawitz

Board Member

Katie Bonawitz first visited Ukraine with her husband, Luke, for three months in 2021 during her sabbatical. Her focus was in the area of disabilities.

 

Dr. Marshall Wade

Chair of the Board

Dr. Marshall Wade is an oral surgeon who began traveling to Ukraine in 1994. During that preliminary trip, Dr. Wade fell in love with the country and its people.

 

Kyle Krecklow

President

Kyle Krecklow first visited Ukraine in 2009 with the Shepherd Foundation Sport’s Team. He has since been on every Sport’s Team trip to Ukraine.

 

Barbara Wicklander

Administrator

Barbara has been Shepherd Foundation’s Administrator since 2011. She came to us with 15 years’ experience in non-profit administration and a heart for Ukraine.

 

Tom Radio

Board Member

Thomas Radio is a partner at the Felhaber Larson law firm. He practices in real estate litigation, including construction, land use, and condemnation matters.

 

Wisdom

Our Lessons Learned 

Lessons learned in Shepherd Foundation’s 30 years of ministry.

1

Choose faith over fear. It is God’s mission and not ours.

2

Appreciate other cultures by asking questions and listening.

3

Continue to grow spiritually.

4

Appreciate the Spiritual Gifts God has given to others and seek to utilize them.

5

Persevere in tough times.

6

Encourage and equip future leaders.

7

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

1

Choose faith over fear. It is God’s mission and not ours.

2

Appreciate other cultures by asking questions and listening.

3

Continue to grow spiritually.

4

Appreciate the Spiritual Gifts God has given to others and seek to utilize them.

5

Persevere in tough times.

6

Encourage and equip future leaders.

7

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

TESTIMONIALS

What People Say 

A few words from our supporters.

thumb_01_60_60Elena Evans

Volunteer

"This was my first trip to Ukraine! Wonderful time traveling to Europe, learning new cultures, traditions, serving together with people from other parts of the world and being able to share faith with campers and staff at Camp Maximum. Time I will never forget! The mission ended up better than I could have envisioned! A very memorable, professional, and spiritual journey for me!"

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thumb_02_60_60Ashley Lapenta

Programs Coordinator

"I traveled to Ukraine to help develop programing and processes for the new Christian Camp site the local team was just starting to build. I lived and served in Zolotonosha for six months! A rewarding experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. This was not easy, but I would definitely do it again. Love Ukraine and my dear friends in Zolo!"

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thumb_03_60_60Kyle Freed

Volunteer

"I iterally could not be happier that I chose to travel on a mission with the Shepherd's Foundation! Through serving and sharing my faith in Ukraine I discovered deeper relationships and a sense of God's presence in my life. This is something you only come to understand when you serve abroad."

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