Last Bell MissionLoving and restoring orphanage graduates toward life and community.
Last Bell VisionWe envision the generational orphanage cycle ending in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
At A Glance
2016 Year In Review
The founders of Last Bell Ministries began serving orphans in Ukraine in the mid 1990s as the Soviet Iron Curtain was lifting. They returned annually on short-term mission trips to conduct summer camps for orphanage kids. Relationships grew with the youth at Orphanage #4 in Zhytomyr, and a dream was born to provide long-term relationships and practical help to the vulnerable adolescents aging out of the orphanage system. Last Bell was incorporated in 2006.
In 2007, Last Bell’s original day center for orphans, The Shelter, was opened. The Haven followed in 2009. That same year, Last Bell became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S.
In 2011, Last Bell opened the Support Center, which housed the many growing services for young people, including Stop the Cycle, Last Belll’s support program for orphan mothers, as well as counseling and legal services.
In 2012, Orphanage #4 closed, and the kids moved to institutions in the Zhytomyr region. As a result, Last Bell stepped up the timeline for the next phase of our vision: reaching out to trade schools in order to work with orphans in the whole Zhytomyr region.
In 2016, Last Bell introduced the Restoration Project, which combines renovated housing with job training.
Today, Last Bell serves over 350 young people through the work of seventeen Ukrainian staff, three U.S. staff, six board members, and hundreds of Last Bell friends!
Core Values & Behaviors
1. Healing Relationship
a. We build safe and secure attachments to promote the healing process of orphanage graduates.
b. We provide long-term, consistent, and reparative mentoring and discipleship relationships to inspire long-term transformation.
c. We love boldly and build relational capital to influence our youth towards a life in Christ.
d. All of our youth hear the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly presented in all of our programs, and staff are daily examples of Christ’s love.
*1 Corinthians 13:4-7
2. Holistic Orphan Care
a. We practice the good news of Jesus by caring for the whole person, including advocacy for their spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs.
b. We inspire youth to give back to their community while they also travel down their own healing path.
c. We prayerfully intercede and provide very practical life skills so our youth have opportunities to thrive.
3. Dynamic Community
a. We work in partnership with our supporters; we are committed to transparency and good communication about ministry operations, prayer needs, and the stewardship of funds.
b. We engage in deeper friendships and partnerships within the larger orphan care community.
c. We work within the body of Christ to respond to God’s command to the Church to care for and bring justice to orphans.