2017 Summer Mission Trips Update

Mission Trips to Ukraine

Playground dedication in Korosten

In mid-July, two teams of dedicated believers from the US and Canada traveled to Ukraine for short-term service trips with Mission Eurasia. One team was led by Wally Kulakoff, Mission Eurasia’s vice president of ministries & church relations, and the other was led by Nick Tishenko, the executive director of Mission Eurasia Canada. Each team served at a summer Bible camp and helped construct two playgrounds in impoverished villages–one near Korosten and the other near Zaporozhye. Working alongside national Mission Eurasia teams and School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates, these teams sacrificially served the local communities with the love of Jesus and helped support the outreach efforts of nearby churches.

Over 250 children and their parents–plus city officials from the town–attended the dedication of the playground in Korosten, which will provide a fun, safe place for children to play and a gathering site for the local church to conduct outreach and connect with hurting families. At the playground dedication, the team handed out copies of Scripture and Christian resources to the children and families and invited the children to attend a summer Bible camp happening later this summer. Several parents signed up their children for summer Bible camps, and others are planning to send their children to Sunday school at a local church.

Scripture distribution at the playground dedication

After the playground dedication event, many parents from the village shared with our team their gratitude and excitement about the new playground and what a blessing it will be to their families. Even the city officials expressed their gratitude to our team for their service. One mother shared, “We have never seen our children so happy! You have done something absolutely unbelievable for our village.” During the dedication, a local news team  arrived to film and broadcast the event and interview members of the mission team, providing them an opportunity to share the love of Christ, whose message of salvation is the reason they traveled to Ukraine to serve on this trip.”

Please join us in praying for each of the children and families who came to visit the playgrounds and received Scripture or an invitation to church or Bible camp—may God continue to water the seeds of faith planted in their hearts! And may He continue to use these playgrounds to His glory for many years to come. We are so grateful for these dedicated, faithful teams from the US and Canada who served alongside our national staff members, local churches, and Next Generation leaders to share the love of Jesus with these children and families in desperate need of the Good News.

 

ShareWord Global Trip to Moldova

Sharing Bibles and copies of Hope magazine at a girl’s camp in Moldova

This July for the third year in a row, a team of Next Generation leaders from our dedicated, faithful ministry partner ShareWord Global in Canada traveled to Moldova to serve at summer Bible camp alongside our School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates. ShareWord Global provides hundreds of thousands of copies of God’s Word for outreach in the countries of Eurasia, and on this trip the ShareWord Global team distributed Scripture, prayed and cared for the children at camp, and shared the love of Jesus with many young lives. Together with our SWW students and leaders, they impacted nearly 1,000 children and youth who came from some of the most vulnerable and challenging circumstances. It was such a blessing for us to see these young Christian leaders from Canada use their vacation for an eternal purpose: sharing the Good News with a hurting world!

At one of the camps, the team served a group of 100 at-risk girls, many of whom were orphans or affected by human trafficking, which is a major threat to vulnerable children and youth in Moldova. During camp, the ShareWord Global team and our SWW students shared their testimonies of faith and led the girls in Bible lessons, worship, fun games, and relay races. Each girl was also given her own copy of Hope magazine, a beautiful evangelistic resource we designed and printed in partnership with ShareWord Global.

The whole team was deeply touched by meeting these girls at camp. “I remember the girls’ eyes very clearly, because it looked like they were constantly searching for attention and care,” shared Nona, one of the members of the ShareWord Global team. “We could tell that they were hearing everything we taught from the Bible for the first time.”

 

Team members from ShareWord Global serving at summer Bible camp

One of the young girls at camp named Marina shared her story with the Bible camp leaders: “My father died when I was 4 years old, and after his death, my mother forgot about God and started drinking and smoking. This was very difficult, but I know that God helped me get through it. I’m so glad I could come to camp! I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to receive God’s Word. I’m so happy to finally have my very own Bible to read!”  

Travel With Mission Eurasia

We would love to bring you or your church on a short-term mission trip with Mission Eurasia! This January, we are taking a team to Moldova to help distribute Gift of Hope Christmas boxes to children in orphanages, hospitals, schools, and more. Come enjoy fellowship with Christians from across the world and help us share the love of Jesus and the true message of Christmas with hundreds of children in need. You can learn more about the Moldova trip and other upcoming trips here.