Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
If we’ve talked recently, or you’ve seen my Facebook page, you’ve probably heard how excited I am about interning with Northland Church in Ukraine this summer! Over the past two years I have fallen in love with the people of Ukraine and made dear friendships. This summer, I and 5 other young men and women will spend 2 months leading 4 summer camps for orphans and an English camp for university students.
Orphans in Ukraine have little hope for their futures. There are approximately 105,000 children residing in orphanages, and statistics show that only 1 out of 10 of these orphans becomes a functional member of society. The rest are lost to drugs, crime, prostitution, and suicide. This makes my heart ache! God has put a passion in me to defend the helpless. He brings me again and again to Isaiah 61; “the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
Through the camps, we will bring Isaiah 61 into action, sharing Bible stories, playing various games and sports, acting out skits, doing crafts, and being a source of love and attention for these kids who have a great need to know the love of Jesus.
Last summer I went to English camp, and I’m itching to go back! I can’t wait to reunite with students who are now my dear friends and to water the seeds Christ planted last year. All participants have basic English skills but desire to better converse in English with English speakers. This is especially exciting for me as an English major who’s interested in teaching English as a second language.
The majority of these students are not Christians and are seeking answers to what life is all about. They understand we will have a Bible Study session each afternoon during the camp. We will also interact through team sports and fun activities. This year, I will lead an American jazz dance workshop that will be a blast! By loving and investing into these students, I am sure the light of Christ will shine brightly, revealing the beauty of God’s truth to these eager students.
Our team will leave for Ukraine on June 1st, and will return around July 30th. Please pray for us!