Enjoy this update from our Ukraine team–
We are on the finish line getting prepared for summer camps season. Still there are a lot of things to do, but it’s a blessed time for us. We are all looking forward to all camps that are coming up. Please pray for these camps, as kids there are closest to God because they are isolated from their usual environment, and surrounded by believers.
Our Zap team has been very successful in their ministry. They’ve finished building the transitional house and are now finishing building the Pavilion to provide large indoor and general area for residents and especially transitional home visitors. One interesting fact is that a lot of work has been made by the hands of graduates and Egor along with his wife Alexandra (CCP couple there). We do believe that this work is significant in lives of graduates because they will appreciate the place where they live even more, while also receiving meaningful practical skills, which can be used in their future life!
The team is doing great ministry in the Matveevka and Novonik orphanages. Novonik is a relatively new place for our team, but kids there already love them and want to attend all activities and Bible lessons that Zap team is providing for them. Many of the kids want to be close to God, to feel God’s love, and hear His word.
The youth leader of our church at Chernigiv suggested some of our graduates take part in the indoor soccer tournament of Chernigov City. For three months our team has played 18 other teams and finally took the 7th place in the league, which is really good for a new team. With the help of this tournament we want to bring three boys closer to God because satan wants to destroy their lives, especially Vitya (18 years old) who becomes a father in 3 months. Satan wants to destroy not only his life but the life of his child and his girlfriend.
There is not much of a bright light in the orphans’ life–tough lives and tough choices. The only light that these kids can see is the church of Christ Jesus! We aim to reach out and help … all for His glory!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
–2 Corinthians 4:6-7
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