EEM recently received a report from an individual that hosted bible camps and worked with orphanages and refugees all in a two month period throughout Ukraine.
“Wow! Two months spent in Ukraine and this summer has flown by! Our trip began with a weeklong bible camp where 56 of “our kids” from two orphanages along with Christian adults and mentors from Ukraine, PHA, and Youth Reach International met at a facility along the banks of the Dniper River. We enjoyed a time of praising God and learning about His love. Camp offers these children the opportunity to be away from the orphanage, with Christian adults, in a positive and caring environment. After camp we were able to spend time in Zaporizhia with Andrey and his family and be a part of serving the now four refugee centers. Sometimes it is easy to think of the humanitarian aid crisis in Ukraine as “old news”. Sadly, the reality is that the needs are ever present and ever increasing. We spent time at museums, an amusement park and most importantly strengthening relationships and showing them the hope of a better future. The Christian influence in their life is obviously having a positive impact on them. What a treat this trip was for us!
While we are in Zaporizhia we are a part of the community there, especially the church community. The church in Zaporizhia is growing and is a positive force in the lives of the kids PHA ministers to. One Sunday a lady in her young 20’s decided to be baptized. After lunch at Domik we all went to the river where she was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ!. Our trip ended with EEM camp in Poltava. We were able to work with many of the same orphan kids that we worked with last summer. We learned a new statistic about orphans during this trip. 75% of orphans will never see their 25th birthday. While in Ukraine we minister to these children. Knowing the numbers is one thing. Seeing the faces, holding the hands, and getting hugs from the kids who face those numbers is heartbreaking. This summer’s trip allowed us to serve as well as to assess our ministry. How the ministry is doing can be summed up in two words. “It’s working”. God be the Glory!!!”