Here's a summary of latest news regarding my travels to Ukraine:
I will be going back to Ukraine for the 3rd time from January 2nd to the 12th! This will be my first winter trip to Ukraine, and my first time celebrating Ukrainian Christmas in Ukraine! (Jan. 7th) With a team from Northland Church, I'll serve with Hope For Orphans for a Christmas camp (similar to VBS) at an orphanage in Gordinya (a village near Kyiv). I'm helping with skits like I did this summer, and we will also have worship, sports, crafts, and Bible lessons for the orphans. Since it's Christmas, we are also bringing wonderful gifts! So many friends and family members have joined with me to make and provide hats and scarves for the orphans. What started out as a simple idea has turned into an amazing venture! Thank you to everyone who is involved!
Besides camp, we will also visit property HFO has recently purchased, property that will provide a safe place for orphans to come during their summer and winter breaks, and will house a adaption program for older orphans, teaching them practical skill sets and a hope for their otherwise bleak futures. I am honored to witness and be a part of the beginnings of a movement that will change so many children's lives!
To top it all off, we will also spend an afternoon ministering to widows, and will visit a trade school for children who are too old to stay in an orphanage.