Oftentimes, when we think about a mission trip, we think about what the team “does”. They may do evangelism, or medical missions, or many other forms of ministry. In contrast to some other trips, this trip doesn’t involve a lot of “doing”. Instead, on this trip, we are called to “be”. We are there to “be” a Christian. We are to live out our faith in a real way. We go over and spend an entire week with orphans. We “do” a sports camp with them, but the real purpose of the trip is to build relationships. These kids have come from some horrible circumstances and the ministry that we partner with does a great job of giving them hope and a future.
Please help support a wonderful ministry opportunity working with orphans in Ukraine. For the past 12 years, a group from Birmingham through Dawson Church has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans to work with kids at a camp outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine. The kids who come to this camp are in need not only of physical and earthly things, but also of need spiritually to learn more about our Heavenly Father.
When we go on a mission trip and serve others in the name of the Lord, we don’t always get to see the results of our efforts. Many times, the results occur after we are gone as a local missionary disciples that person and helps them grow in their faith. We are looking for financial support to the camp this summer. The team members are paying 100% of their travel. The funds we are raising will help cover the travel costs associated with bringing orphans to the camp from four different orphanages around the country, will cover the housing and food, and provide for translators for the team. This camp is always a formative time in the spiritual formation of the children and supports the year round activities of the ministry as they help them build a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
A couple of personal stories from our investors:
David Powell has been investing his time in Ukraine since 2007. In 2007 and 2008 he met two little girls who had come to the camp. He had not seen them since those years as they had not come back to the camp he had attended. However, in 2012, he saw them both again. They had both really grown in their faith and remembered the team from 2007. They were excited to spend time with the team again and had very fond memories of the time spent together. We don’t get this type of affirmation every year and it was a tremendous blessing to see fruits from our efforts. We aren’t promised that—so it was a real pleasure to see how the Lord used us, years ago, and is continuing to work in their lives now.
Patrick Osborne has been investing time in Ukraine since 2012. The first year he was there he started playing soccer with three boys aged 14-15 years old. He got to know them pretty well over the week of camp. One of the boys continued to come to the camp over the years and Patrick and he got to become really good friends. In 2016, that young boy committed himself to Christ and has become a very positive influence on the other two boys from the camp in 2012. He is now a very smart college student looking to do work in the computer field. He is also reinvesting himself with the Lifesong team and continuing to be a positive influence on the other orphans of Ukraine.
In addition, there are kids that we had worked with in prior years that are now on staff with the mission group and are now ministering to kids just like them. We couldn’t be prouder of those kids and the way the Lord is using them. So, while we played soccer, volleyball, badminton, Uno (very competitive Uno I might add), and ping-pong, the point of the trip was for us to “be” with the kids. Our job is to love them in the name of the Lord and to let our faith be real. We are so grateful to be able to go back each year and for the Lord allowing us to be reminded that we do make a difference in the lives of these kids that continues today.
Finally, the amazing thing about this camp is that when Lifesong bought it, the land was a trash dump! The transformation of this to the camp that we now have is amazing. But, if you think about it, this is what God does to our hearts! He makes all things new and transforms us to the amazing people that we are!
Revelation 21:5 “Behold, I am making all things new”
Psalms 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling
A video of our trip in 2016 can be viewed here:
A video of our trip in 2015 can be viewed here:
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