Last year Lifesong Ukraine finished construction on a camp facility complete with a lodge, picturesque outdoor kitchen and eating area, fire pit and a nearby wooded area for camping. The team in Ukraine has made many sacrifices to get this project completed and have been using it to it's potential, giving orphans a place to rejuvenate, learn about God's love, and meet other kids in the church and community.
Here's a video to give a little feel for this new addition to Lifesong Ukraine:
And now that winter has come, thanks to the lodge facility and local field trip opportunities, summer camp can last all year round...
playing games inside (Valera, shown leading a game, is a volunteer from a local church):
riding horses (Andre, shown walking the horse, grew up in an orphanage and now works as a volunteer):
visiting a Karkov bread company and learning to make biscuits (Alexi, in the background, is on staff with Lifesong):
and playing soccer in the cold:
I love seeing the community, from orphans who have aged out of the system to church members who were raised in a home with loving parents, joining together to serve orphans! This camp is such a tangible way that local orphan advocates can serve... and enjoy the process!
“This is a dream come true to have such a wonderful place we all dreamed about and prayed for several years. Praise the Lord and thanks for everyone who supported and built such a place for the kids!”
Ruslana, staff member and orphanage #4 graduate (on the right with campers)
If you want to be a part of serving orphans through camp, consider going to our online gift catalog and "give Camp." You can give in honor of someone for birthdays or anniversaries... or you can just give too... we won't complain :)