After traveling for seven hours on a train and very little sleep, we began our first day of camp. We were greeted with the warmest welcome I have witnessed. As we entered the area for the morning exercises campers flooded over to our team, many of them enthusiastically greeting friends from the two years before. We worshiped, prayed, ate, and played together. It is beautiful to see the Lord work so wondrously to build his church to “the end of the Earth”.
We have split into three groups, focusing on teaching English, creating crafts, and playing games. Along side our Ukrainian brothers and sisters we lead groups of 45 kids through our stations on an hourly rotation.
As the children are learning about Jonah, our craft team worked to help each child create a unique fish to take home. Our language team worked to evaluate the language skills of each group and then adapt their lessons to the skill level and need of the groups. Our sports ream facilitated relay games focused on building teamwork and connected these games to how the body of Christ works together to show God’s glory to the world.
The expectations of our team are high, and in truth we are tired. It is essential that we rely on the Holy Spirit’s provision for our needs, peace in our time of struggle and exhaustion, and joy as we serve the body of Christs’ church in the Ukraine.
Love for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, on our team, and at home.