Sunday, February 1, 2009

Vision and Mission

"New Hope" Organization is an NGO in Indonesia - Timor founded by Mrs. Femmy Dethan, the wife of Rev. Edwer Dethan in 2003. The vision of New Hope Ministry is to help the children of Indonesian who have lost their parents. Many Indonesian children lost their parents because of political unrest, sickness and or national disaster such as Tsunami or earthquakes.

Many of these children end up workng on the streets - some work as sellers, others work on the road (eg. cleaning roads) some others become 'prostitute' in the city of Kupang or sold to the big cities of Indonesia such as Surabaya or Jakarta with a promise of a big salary. Most often, in the end, they are forced to be prostitutes. In short, many of these children are forced or deceived by others to work and abandon schools.

It is the "New Hope"'s vision to bring 'New Hope' to those who are living in hopeless situations - by giving them shelter, education and health care. But most important is to teach and raise them in a 'New' environment Christian household. In this way they will experience the love of Christ and see the "NEW HOPE", the REAL HOPE that is provided by the Lord Jesus Christ for them, so that they may trust that they are in HIS HANDS.

It is our vision to bring these children up in God's direction. The children would be adopted as the children of "Yayasan Harapan Baru" (Timor New Hope Foundation) - under new hope provision. Presently "Timor New Hope Foundation" have adopted 22 children from West Timor island, Rote Island and the surroundings area.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

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New Hope Timor (Indonesia)

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Sahabat FM 95.6


It's that time of the year again when you reflect back on a year gone by and make plans for the next year to come. Usually these plans include improvement and finding ways of doing things more effectively. It is no different at New Hope.

This coming year, the Lord willing, one of the New Hope children, Michael, hopes to graduate from High school. One could say that with graduation his childhood
comes to an end and he is at the step of adulthood.

The question is ‘where will this lead him...?’ Well, before i answer this question let me tell you this story. Can you imagine strangling your own baby? Or flushing one through the toilet? Deserting your baby after you have just given birth to him/her out in the woods? Just thinking about such things gives one the shivers doesn't it?
Unfortunately this is reality in Timor and surrounding islands. It happens on an
almost monthly basis- and doesn’t include the illegal abortions that take place daily and babies that are never found!

Obviously it is Satan who drives people to such desperate acts when these mothers simply have no other way to turn to. You have to understand that parent/child relationships in general are not very personal; often there is a lot of fear of the parents.
In most families there is no room for discussion. You simply obey and agree with whatever the parents say, even if you do not agree. When young people start to date they will keep it a secret for as long as possible in case the parents do not agree and force the relationship to end. If a couple wishes to marry they need the approval of the parents, grandparents, brothers, and uncle's because they are the ones who will pay for or receive the dowry. Often couples will elope and start
a life together elsewhere without being able to get married. Sexuality is never discussed, contributing to a high rate of teenage pregnancies.

Imagine a 17 year old girl who becomes pregnant by a boy who is disliked by her family. Where should she go? Facing the family means that she will likely not see her boyfriend again. They might punish her physically or send her away. So far the
government has done nothing to help girls in such a situation; there are no shelters or funds available to help her have her baby. Without a legitimate father, the midwife will not want to examine her or help her with the delivery! In their desperation and no where to turn abortion is an easy way out. And if they don't have money for that they may end up killing the baby themselves.

These are the facts that we face in the New Hope Ministry. Seventeen years ago a young lady was about to kill her unborn son whose father was without a job. She was afraid to tell her parents because they would never approve of her boyfriend,
moreover her pregnancy. From friends she heard that by taking certain traditional medicines she would start menstruating again- or in other words abort the baby! She did drink the concoction made for her by a witch doctor but it was not successful.
Michael was obviously being protected by the Lord. He was born and has been a member of the New Hope family for three years already.

Michael was born in Rote, a small Island divided from Timor by a three hour ferry ride. He never knew his father who left him and his mother when he was just a baby. Michael’s mother was very confused and worried throughout the pregnancy but thankfully her brother, a devoted Christian, was always there for her. He advised her to love the unborn baby and through his support she decided to keep the baby.

Michael’s mother decided to never marry but instead focus on raising her child. She turned to God and became a very strong Christian lady. Since then she worked hard by selling small dried fish to support his elementary schooling. However when
he reached high school her income was not enough to pay his school fees. Through her brother she heard about the New Hope ministry. With her limited funds she made the trip to Kupang to ask whether we would take in Michael as one of the orphans.

Michael has been a big challenge for us. Since the first day he came to live at the New Hope Home he always wanted to appear different than the other kids. He is one of the shortest amongst the children and was always trying to prove his strength. He is very quick minded and can be quite naughty but if you prick through that ego he has a big heart for people. Helping him is a matter of knowing how to deal with this kind of character and understanding his background. Pastor Ed is thankfully very
good in reading someone’s character and seems to have a knack in knowing how
to approach the different children and to deal with them accordingly.

Michael has been with us for three years and next year will be his last year in
school. We have had a few talks with him about what he aspires to be in the future. One of them is being an announcer in the Reformed radio station Sahabat FM. He already has some experience presenting the weekly New Hope program here. Another
interest is to be a language teacher which requires four years of schooling at the Reformed Training Centre.

Needless to say, Michael has a lot of thinking and considering to do in the next few
months. And not just Michael- but it also made the New Hope board aware that we have to brainstorm and pray about the new direction of New Hope in the future. Besides providing education, health care and all the other daily necessities, we have to
consider the level of independence of the orphans going to university or other further education.

Discovering the history of Michael and his mum, reading stories in the newspapers and attending funerals of girls who died because of illegal abortions,
it has become New Hope's vision to start a ‘New Life’ project where we open our doors to these women and their babies. 'New Hope Radio Station (Sahabat FM)’ will be hosting a program called 'Hope Centre' where those women who find themselves in a difficult situation with nowhere to turn to can call in anonymously with their questions.

For follow up they will be referred to the ‘Hope Centre’ where they will receive help. If funds allow we hope to print literature against abortion, give talks in schools about abortion and provide shelters for these women to have their babies.
New Hope will provide for all daily necessities, healthcare and medical assistance needed for the delivery and most importantly spiritual support and guidance to rebuild their future, not just here on earth. If the mother decides to keep the baby we will help her become self supported. If she decides to give the baby up for adoption we will take the little one into our New Hope home.

In order to do all this, we will need more rooms at a different location. New Hope's current location, being a home to 22 children is full to capacity. Rather then making it into a mass orphanage we prefer to open up a new location on the property already bought by New Hope which will be taken care of by another Christian couple. The idea is to have some of the older orphans move to the new location and take in the new young ones at our current home as well as provide the ‘New Life’ project.

As you can see New Hope is on the threshold of a new phase for which your prayer and support is greatly needed and appreciated. Please pray for wisdom and guidance of the Lord for the board to plan and make these steps. We thank you for your prayers and generosity and pray that our Gracious Lord will bless you and be with
you in the year to come, until Maranatha!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Yitro, Our First One

Yitro was born in a small poor village about 3 hours south of Soe. When he was only 2 years old his father died, leaving him and his 3 brothers orphans. His mother worked hard to support her family and was able to send Yitro to primary school ( grade 1-6), after that she could no longer afford to care for him, so she sent her 11year old boy to go into the towns and look for work to help support the family. You need to understand that this is not a rare but a normal occurrence in Timor. If the father of a family dies, the mother and the children, must fend for themselves or be cared for by other family members. Most of the time however the extended family is also suffering financially, so they end up on their own. Well.... Yitro took the long trip into Kupang, and ended up in the suburbs in a town called Bolok. Here he found a job working for a farmer selling apples, earning just enough to buy himself a bowl of rice every day. The evenings and nights he spent with children in the same position as himself. They would sleep on the ferry at nights, and go about their work during the day. These children are forced to grow up very fast and often get into trouble (just imagine 20 12 yr old Canadian boys living on their own), many take up smoking, drinking, and drugs, and never get an education. When we met Jithro, he expressed his desire for an education and a better future. He was in tears when we asked him to stay at New Hope.
1. Jithro has just graduated from Junior High, and is now in his first year of Senior High school, which he enjoys immensely. Every morning at 5 o' clock, Jithro swings his legs over the side of his bed, and begins the day with prayer and personal devotions.
Depending on today's shower schedule, he will go over to the kitchen to check what his morning chore is for this week. The chores vary from cleaning the washroom, mopping floors to cooking rice porridge for breakfast. When the New Hope home looks spotless and the stomach filled, he quickly changes into his school uniform, packs his bag, and set's of for a 20 min walk to arrive in time for his first class of the day which starts at 7 o clock. The school is out at 1.30, and Jithro should be back home at around 2 o clock. By this time his stomach is rumbling, and all sit down for a lunch with ..... you guessed it.....RICE as the main filler. Another check at the “schedule wall” to see if he is on dishes duty for lunch or not, and then off to enjoy an hour of siesta!!! By 3.30 he better be up, or he will find himself and his bed soaked with water!! Did you know that that's a really good way of getting someone out of bed without having to call a hundred times??? It's time for homework! Just before 5 o clock the banana's or another snack depending on the season come around, and then it's... chore time again! Then another shower to get all the dust and sweat washed away, and some of the kid's will have to get ready for Catechism or bible study, depending on the day of the week. They all should be back and gathered around the picnic tables at around 8 o clock, in time for supper consisting of ....yes, more rice!! following the meals we have evening devotions which they all take turns in leading. More dishes after that, finish up on homework, and then the lights go of at 9.30. Unlike schools in Canada, the children in Indonesia go to school 6 day's in a week, despite that and their busy schedule they always find time to play soccer, voleyball, play the guitar and socialize. It is amazing to see these children grow in knowledge and faith. Over the past 3.5 years Yitro has grown from a shy, uneducated little boy, to a smart young man who aspires to become a Pastor one day just like his 'Father” Pastor Ed.

Thursday, January 1, 2009



  1. By Prayer. God says: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:4,6) We understand that we have been given a heavy responsibility. The work that we do puts us in direct contact with true suffering, and the weight of this suffering would easily devastate our resolve to carry out our mission if it weren’t for the power of prayer. Through prayer, God gives us direction, comfort, and the will to continue building his kingdom.
  2. By giving your time and skill to the orphans. You may contact New Hope Board - if you want to take live and take care of the orphans for short term period. By being a big brother or a sister with the orphans you can share the 'word of God' in your walk and talk. You will be amazed of how this can turn be benefit for the children and as well as for you. Please email the new hope board canada - - if you want to participate in this.
  3. By being involve with "WINGS TO WORK" team. Every year, the new hope organization send a team to Timor to build orphanage building and share the Gospel with the orphans and believers in Timor. If you are interested, please contact New Hope board for more information about this activity.
  4. Financial Support. "Timor New Hope" is a non profit, non government organization. The organization runs solely on donations and sponsorship provided by individuals and groups from Canada and Australia. 100% of monitories donated got toward the running cost of the home, and future extension cost of the home, and future extension costs. All promotion and advertising work is carried out on a voluntary basis. And increase in donation and sponsorship allows for and increase of children taken into the New Hope home. The running costs of the home include: schooling and books as well food and health care.

    If you have any question or would like more information please contact us at:

    If you want to support "NEW HOPE ORPHANAGE"

    Please send cheques to:
    New Hope Canada
    c/o Deanna VanPykeren
    7176 South Chippewa Road
    Wellandport, ON
    L0R 2J0

Please write the cheques to 'Smithville Canadian Reformed Church', and include on the memo line "New Hope"

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us!
On Behalf of the New Hope Board Canada,
Deanna Vanpykeren

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Harapan Baru Timor (Indonesia)