We leave tonight to Kherson region for a 10 day camp for the 65 kids at the Kolinenska orphanage. This is where we did a camp last year as well, and the kids have been begging and calling all year for our team to come back! I'm just thrilled to know that we are able to make that happen and we will be there by tomorrow evening!
Please keep us in your prayers over the next 10 days...and that ultimately God would work through us to touch the lives of these kids in a way that only He can. We are expectant that He will.
This is Tanya...she is the face that remains in my mind more than any other from last year. I can't wait to see her again and see how she is doing and learn what she is thinking about. Yet at the same time the hardest part about going back is realizing that she is STILL there. These kids have been trapped in the same place for the last year. As I have had the freedom to do so much and make so many choices--she has been there in the same tiny village, behind the same orphanage gates. We go back with a year full of different experiences...and they have remained--waiting for us to come back for a whole year. That is what breaks my heart more then anything--and I still struggle with our role in all of it...
Our team is made up of 15 young people...mostly Ukrainians, plus myself- the token 'American' and my friend Jenny, our token 'Brit.' As always, it should be an adventure.
Well, signing off for a couple of weeks...and will report more when we return!