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October 9, 2017

“I Don’t Want This Child” | Ukraine Country Update

My name is Svetya and I am 22 years old. When I was one year old, my mom left me in a baby house. She simply brought me to the orphanage and said, “I don’t want this child.” After staying there for six years, I was transferred to another orphanage in Sakhnovshchyna where I lived and studied for ten years. Later, I moved to the Louboutin orphanage where I finished high school. My biggest childhood dream was to have loving, caring parents. It was a big burden for me. With particular joy, I would always wait for the Lifesong team to visit us in the orphanages (in Sakhno and Louboutin). I loved spending time with the team, playing games, learning new and meaningful things for my life. Most importantly, they brought the light of the Gospel into the orphanage and our hearts. . Over the years God would persistently knock … Continue reading

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July 11, 2017

Summer Camp in 7 Exciting Photos | Ukraine Update

Summer presents many unique opportunities here and around the world for Christians to share the Gospel with kids in need. For teams in Ukraine, this is no exception. With Constant Christian Presence (CCP) programs, multiple farm sites, and summer-specific camp ministries, the teams in Ukraine spend the hot summer months in joyful, busy service taking the love of Christ to the fatherless. Here are some recent photos from Lifesong Camp in Ukraine, where 50 children gathered in one place from orphanages in 4 different regions. The campers had a wonderful opportunity to build friendships with other kids they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. And because of shared experiences and similar life stories, they were able to bond and build memories that will last a lifetime. Even more exciting? Together, they were able to learn about Jesus in a loving, Christian environment. Through daily, practical study of the Bible, these precious kids got … Continue reading

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June 3, 2016

Hope Through Hosting | Family Friday

We initially met our daughter, Stacey, in the summer of 2013 through an orphan hosting program. She was considered “host only” which means she was not available for adoption, so unlike other times we have parented other children in our home through foster care, there was never even a concurrent adoption plan. We just enjoyed the time we had with her. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to be in contact with her once she returned to her home country, Ukraine. The next summer, we discovered that Stacey, then called Nastya, and two of her older sisters would be participating in the same hosting program. They would be spending the summer with a wonderful family in Michigan. Just as I had been in contact with Stacey’s first host mom, who advised, prayed, and donated to our hosting, we did the same for the Michigan host mom. One … Continue reading

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May 6, 2015

Ping Pong Anyone? {Ukraine Update}

Enjoy this update from our staff in Ukraine…  “We continue serving our mighty God. Time in Ukraine is not easy now, however God provides us with everything we need. We would like to share a couple of bright moments from our ministry in the previous months.  First of all, want to tell you about our semi-annual Table Tennis Tournament. This year we had four teams from Loubetin, Sach, Gorodnya and local church, who were qualified. We spent three great days together around the Word of God, good rest, and tasty food (for the boys from orphanages it’s of a big importance and joy to be fed up well). Then there was the day of the tournament. Sach team took the first place (as usual, thanks to their coach, Alexei)! The following day we went to the church and had a nice day out in the city.  Also, we are glad … Continue reading

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March 4, 2015

Building Relationships Through Ukraine Camps

Mid-February, our staff in Ukraine gathered the key youth volunteers, team members and the graduates who have firmly decided to follow Jesus for a 3-day camp of encouragement and fellowship. Some of our invested Orphan Advocates from the US joined them, presenting practical lessons on relationship building and personal mentorship. It was an encouragement to all who attended! After the sessions, they enjoy a fun (& chilly) time outdoors riding horses, playing in the snow, etc. Time spent together with our Orphan Advocates with a heart to help orphaned children proved to be a blessing full of unforgettable moments! Please enjoy these quotes from those who attended and pictures: “It was a great blessing for me to meet and have fellowship with our brothers from the USA who visited Ukraine. Thanks to the material they shared with us I’ve learned how to build relations with people so they bring glory … Continue reading

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