Bringing the hope of Christ and providing help to the new
generation in Latvia.
Hope International Ministries is a 501 (c) (3),
not-for-profit, non-denominational, Christian charity
organization founded by Paul Minakov in 2002. Paul was born
in Siberia, Russia into a Christian family. His father was a
pastor of an underground Baptist church during the communist
regime and was repeatedly arrested, spending almost 20 years
in Soviet prison camps for preaching the Gospel. In 1975,
at the age of 13, Paul went to a children's Christian camp
for the first time, where he opened his heart to Christ.
Since then his sincere desire has been to preach the Gospel
to young people. In time, his whole family moved to Estonia.
At 20 years of age, Paul became a Youth Pastor in the local
church, where he met his wife Luba. When Paul was 23 years
old, he organized the first Baltic area childrens camp and
70 children came. Shortly after this, he was arrested and
spent two and a half years in prison for sharing the Good
News. In 1993, Paul was granted the opportunity to immigrate
to America with his own family.
In 1998, God gave me the opportunity to visit Estonia where I met children from, lightly put, unfortunate families. My heart was broken, when I've seen their great need for love. The following year a summer camp was organized, where 40 such children came. In a year there were 65 children who came. Then, God opened up a possibility to have similar camp programs in Latvia, where there have been more than 100 children at one camp. And HIM was born.
After the breakup of the Soviet Union and as a
result of the seismic changes, many lost work, families
broke apart and people lost hope that there would be
anything better. Starvation, drunkenness, crime and
depression have gripped many people. Children have become
disposable, forgotten and useless. The goal of HIM is bring
hope through Jesus Christ to this dying generation and open
the possibility of a new life with Christ.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers, you