Under Communism Christians had been sent to prison for their faith. Now, the Ukrainian Constitution permits freedom of Religion. Hope Now was the first organisation to build chapels and churches in the formerly impenetrable prisons. Today many hundreds hear and respond to the Gospel through its ministry and aftercare.
It was in Prison 62 in 1992 that the work of Hope Now started in Ukraine. Today the Prison ministry still continues and the inmates now have a purpose built church to hold their meetings. In November 2006 Col Alexander Tarasenko and Anatoliy Perepilitsa were asked by Hope Now to set up two new independent prison ministries while still receiving significant funding from the charity. They will not only continue the work they have been doing as staff members but also extend the ministry into new fields of operation.
New Life Village is being given hope by ex prisoners Dima and Svieta. They moved to the village to build a church and work among the villagers. Svieta is a hairdresser which gives her the opportunity to share her faith through her work.