2016 Summer Camps in Ukraine
We are again providing hundreds of children in Ukraine with summer camps that reach them with the love of God, all done through our network of GLOMOS graduates. After Russia's annexing Crimea in the Springs of 2014, we shifted our strategy and instead of hosting only a limited number of camps, we enlarged the ministry by partnering with GLOMOS graduates and their churches - the local churches and Christ followers are in a much better place and position to serve and minister to their orphans and children-at-risk. And, quite honestly, they can do a better job!
Since the beginning of June, we were able to reach and minister to 785 children through 12 summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools, and other outreach programs. Here's a report from one of them that took place in the early part of June.
Do you want to get an idea of the impact a camp might have in a child's life? Would you like to know what others thought about it, or gained from it, and what their experience at the summer Bibles camps supported by Global Action was? Take a moment to read a few of the testimonials we received from the church “Abundant Life” whose pastors and leaders graduated from GLOMOS and are now involved actively in reaching disabled children during this summer Bibles camps 2016.
Kozelets Orphanage for Disabled Children
Kozelets is a small town in the northern part of Ukraine, just 80km from Kiev. But what a difference when you get there and see how poor the people are and how bad the health care system is in a such small town. That is why our GLOMOS graduates, Alexander Vaylyn, Albert Oganezov, and other graduates, started ministering to disabled children in the Kozelets' orphanage for disabled children. These children are the most neglected by the system and it comes from the Soviet times when such people where hidden and no one would know about them since we lived in a "happy country." Ministering to these children, we reach both them and their parents.
Here is some of the testimonies we have received from our GLOMOS graduates who were there as counselors for this camp in June. After the camp children came to the church and the whole church prayed for them and blessed them.
The camp became a refuge for both children and the staff of the orphanage who needed to get away from the distractions of their everyday life so they could hear God's voice more clearly. That is what discipleship is all about.
“The Summer Bibles camp is the one place that has had the most impact, not just in my life but also in the lives of my family. All of the disabled children became campers in our summer camp for the 1st time. The week of the camp they and I will remember and that will keep the children encouraged for the days ahead. I knew that they wanted to have the same love, hope, and joy that the staff and teachers have, and some of them gave their lives to Christ at the last day of the camp. The following summers, going to camp was not just an option but something I could not get enough of. Our staff worked hard to make lifelong friendships with the children and the staff of the orphanage. Being able to be part of a team that worked together to share the love of Jesus with campers was amazing!” ~Sasha Vylyn, pastor of the church Abundant life, GLOMOS graduates 2013
“For a first time in my life, I was privileged to be able to serve as a camp counselor this summer. What an awesome experience! I was able to see God move and work through the staff and campers in ways that sometimes seemed so small, yet produced a mighty outcome. Global Action is a big part of our life today as our GLOMOS graduates and our church have the privilege of serving lost people.” ~Albert Oganizov, pastor of a home church, “Abundant life” Church in Kiev; GLOMOS graduates 2013
"To this day, I still get that feeling of excitement when I see the children we served in our summer Bible camp when they come to us after the camp to have a blessing from our church. We prayed that together with Global Action we would see them filled with His Holy Spirit, that we might be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel." (Phil. 1:27) ~Andrei Ivanov, senior pastor of the church “Abundant life”, Kiev
“The word 'camp' became my favorite four-letter word and my favorite time. The people of the camp staff were so nice. The camp became a shelter for me. I could play and listen to Bible morning lessons and it was so good and interesting to me.” ~Andrei Vosyk, 12 y.o. disabled orphan
“I love camp. I love people. I love sweet cotton and the zoo we attended! It was good and lovely! I am so excited!” ~Nastya, 8 y.o. orphan
Dublayny Summer Bibles Camp, Ukraine
"Just as it is in any other countries, summer vacation is a time for rest for the people of Ukraine. It is also the most important time of the year for evangelism and reaching the lost children with the Gospel. In June, our church had a summer bible camp where we had a lot of fun and other summer-related events.
"It is true that the children should have summer Bible Camp as a gift, as a glimpse of Christ’s redeeming love. There were 73 children from families who became the victims of the war because their fathers died fighting for the peace in Ukraine; some were from disabled families and some were orphans from the orphanage with which we have been working closely during the last year. We tried to get know better children during these 5 days to bring them to the point where they will decide on their own to dedicate their lives to Christ. I am happy that there were all 73 children who prayed the prayer of repentance. We will continue meeting them after the summer camp, too." ~Vasyl Didichin, pastor of the church Hosanna, Ukraine
We have more pictures from these outreaches but we have a request from the government and from the orphanage that we don't make these images public. We could share some of the pictures with you, if you are interested. Email Nasko Lazarov and he will share some of the pictures with you.