One big question we were asked during the drive to get the backpacks filled was, “Will you guys be going back to Ukraine? And if so, would there be an opportunity for others to go as well?” In response to these and other similar inquiries, we have been setting up just such an opportunity through Operation Mobilisation. At this point we have already set dates and planned an itinerary for the trip; we also have a target missions team size and deadlines for signing up and paying for the trip. All pertinent information is as follows:
Dates: June 13-23, 2017
Team Size: 12 people (ourselves included, meaning 10 slots remain)
Online OM USA Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
OM USA Finance Deadline: April 25, 2017 ($500)
Total Cost (including flights and hotel stays): $2000
Trip Itinerary: click here (pdf)
Here is a rough explanation of what this trip will entail: we will first be going to Kaharlyk, the village that we first visited on our trip in 2015. There we will be assisting Pastor Wayne Zschech and his church in a program called Clean Soul, Clean City which will have us cleaning up the village as a blessing to the community and as a source of stock for the pyrolysis enterprise, a process that basically turns garbage into fuel (it’s more complicated than that, i’m sure, but i don’t know how to explain it any better). After a day or two of serving there, we will be traveling to Odessa, where we will spend the rest of the time at Camp LELA, a ministry that puts on spectacular summer camps for the orphans living in the orphanages in and around the region of Odessa. This will be an intense act of service as we will be ministering to a special needs camp, and the language barrier will be an issue as there will not be enough translators on hand to assist everyone. Nevertheless, we will have the full support of the incredible staff and have the chance to find creative ways to communicate and love on these kids.
If this sounds like the kind of trip you have been waiting and praying for, or if you have any interest at all in either orphan ministry or Ukraine, we would encourage you to contact us about this trip. As stated, we have 10 slots to fill, and these will be filled on a first come first serve basis dependent upon adherence to the deadlines for application to OM USA and financial commitment.
We look forward to hearing from you and serving with you in Ukraine!