EEM recently received a report from a man in Ivano-Frankivsk, a region in the Ukraine, after he had just finished a camp.
“Let me start with a post camp story. After our return home I spoke with the school camp director Iryna while the school camp was in the middle of its second week. I wanted to hear of lingering remarks and feedback if any. Iryna was quoted as saying, “This camp has changed us greatly.” A mother mentioned to Iryna that her child had become more responsible as a result of the camp. Others were pleased that their children were hearing the Word of God. They mentioned to Iryna the absence of young people in the Church and stressed to Iryna that this is what the students needed. Overwhelmingly, the feedback from students was very positive with most wanting to return next year…with an expanded camp of course. Our departure from Ivano-Frankivsk was not without emotion. About a dozen students came first to the church building and then walked about 10-15 minutes to the train station to see us off. Many children had tears of sadness, but all transformed enough to share their love to a group of Americans, who just a week earlier were strangers. For me this was a testament to our volunteers who showed compassion and love throughout the week. The EEM materials have been foundational. They provide a common structure from which our teachers can interlace their own stories and encourage stories from their students.This year was a unique experience for us because we did not need translators. For the first time in fourteen camps our students knew the English language and so we were able to communicate directly with them…what an advantage! The material was well accepted by students who were often seen engaged in either reading stories, or engaged in solving one of the many puzzles found in the workbook. Thank you to all at EEM for making our job so much easier. Work has already begun for next year!”