In June: Summer camp “In search for happiness”

Posted: July 15, 2016 by Dobr9k in Camps

I would like to thank you for your sacrificial giving and for your prayer support! With your particM85GfCCrvasipation we were 7iB6gyVd6Fg able to organize and held the camp for the orphans. In 10 years of our ministry to the orphans we see that exactly in camp a person happens to make the most important decision of his or her life. In total we had 110 people in the camp. The name of our camp was “In search for happiness”. People look for happiness everywhere but very often their search turns empty. Every day at the camp kids discovered a new aspect of life but conclusion of every day was the same that the true happiness is only in close relationship with God.

Orphans are kids who lived through a lot of pain.  The kids that came to our camp have lived through: alcoholism and indifference of FC69m7WQT9Iparents, constant loneliness and fear, drug-addicted parents, constantly changing step-fathers, sexual abuse in families, destroyed values, broken spirit and rejection. In the world of sin they have seen everything that attuneyDcHd1Hqcmsd them to loose. But we believed that despite of these terrible experiences the children can still open to God and receive from Him the true hope, faith and love.

When kids arrived to the camp in buses we saw fear and distrust in their eyes. But our volunteers met them in colorful costumes, with cheerful mood and joy therefore kids also started to smile. The children did not understand yet to where they have arrived but we were already were saying to them: “welcome to the family!” These are exactly the words that describe the atmosphere that our team created for the orphans: you are who you are and you do not need to put on a mask – we receive you with joy!fPNGByCedL8

The camp was held for 1nnCGJOGurFc0 days and during all that time we saw how the children were changing – we saw how from “hedgehogs” they were transforming into champions! It is a joy to know that now after the orphans have passed the whole 10 days of training in the camp now they are able to say with assurance that it is in our camp that they have learned to trust people, learned to love themselves and people around them, learned to forgive, learned to forgive even the kind of things that seemed to be impossible to forgive. Victories in the lives of children become possible thanks to God, Who heard yours and ours united prayers and lead the team in the right direction! Every day in the camp had its own theme. Also every day in the camp we had crafts, sports, movies and games but most 7QXeeI6Dt9smemorable were close fellowship inside of groups and evening church assemblies.

The shift in children’MIXCmQwUFc8s thinking happened when kids realized that they are not orphans because Jesus set them free by paying their price in full. Therefore their sins are forgiven and now they can be close to God and live a totally different life. Therefore we tried to communicate to the kids this message: “Do not listen to those who say that you are a Looser because Jesus Himself says that you are His child.”  Oh, how deeply these words reach into an orphan’s soul because these children have heard in their lives so many words of curses and rejections! The children were saying “I want to see changes, I want people to believe in me because it is so hard to succeed when people constantly humiliate and betray me!”

pvBzk20nz0QLast evening was a very special evening. It is going stay in memory of children and volunteers for many years. At our last evening meeting we had a call to repentance. We saw tears of joy when 60 kids realized what Jesus Christ did for them on the Calvary’s cross. Their thinking has shifted and those 60 kids f9kQAkPg7Qgdedicated their lives to Jesus that very same evening!

Thank you for this opportunity to minister to the orphans together with you! We believe that our united ministry will bear even bigger results for the Glory of God.  Let us pray together that the children would keep the faith which they obtained in the camp and that we would see all these kids in Heaven and rejoice over the fruits of our united work! Glory to God!

 

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