Orphan Care Family camp 2011

Dear Friends,
My heart is full of joy and gratitude to our Lord for the two amazing weeks of Orphan Care Family Camps!  This year we decided to do two camps in the same location in the village of Dubechne in the Volyn region of Ukraine.  Nearly 300 children and their adoptive parents spent a great week at each camp together. Children and parents had separate programs for each day, but also they had
special times together. Parents had a Bible Hour in the morning and lectures during the day. Stepan Matviyiv has been leading the Bible Hour and open communication with parents. This year we were blessed by the presence of the Little family: David and Colleen and their two daughters, Tanya and Anya Little, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. David and Colleen shared their own experience of raising adopted children and helped many parents with some basic understanding of the developing relationships of trust with adopted children, identifying attachment styles and needs in our children and in ourselves and parenting ideas that can heal traumatized adopted children. All parents shared that these topics answered a lot of their questions and helped them to understand their children much better.This year 12 New Hope volunteers from different parts of Ukraine united to form one team which worked with children and youth during the camp. Children where divided by age into four different groups. They would start their day with a Bible Hour, and then take part in some games, crafts, and sport activities.  In the evenings all the children and youth had evening meetings together. Also, an interesting change was the idea to do camp-wide games where all families were involved and could unite with each other even more. The New Hope team did a great job in evangelizing to these young people during the camp and twelve children accepted Jesus as their Savior. One of them is Katya Kutselya who was adopted six days before she came to the camp. This was her first trip with her family and as she shared:“This camp changed my life forever.”On behalf of all the families in the Orphan Care program, I thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support throughout all these years and for the opportunity to gather together as one big Christian foster family at the camps!
In Christ,
Oksana Savka

"Dear brothers and sisters!
We are very grateful for the summer vacation in the camp. We had a great opportunity to be with our brothers and sisters - our adherents and to spend interesting and fruitful time
for our body and soul. This was unforgettable! Thank you for your sincere ministry! We felt we were in your hearts! May God bless you richly!
With love, Nevolko family.
P.S. We are looking forward to meeting you next year!!!"


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