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The summer of 2009, 8,283 campers attended 111 sessions of evangelistic summer camps*, organized by School Without Walls students, other young Next Generation Christian leaders and churches across the former Soviet Union.
At Russian Ministries’ evangelistic summer camps, children and teenagers . . .
…discover God’s love
In Moldova, cancer is one of the major causes of death. Tragically, early detection and treatment are rare, and children with cancer have a low survival rate.
Young Next Generation Christians in Moldova wanted their evangelistic summer camp to be a place of hope and joy for these children and their caregivers. The camp’s theme for the week was, “Searching for Great Discoveries,” and 15-year-old Sasha was about to make the greatest discovery of his life—God’s love.
Battling brain cancer, Sasha lived with his grandmother, and one by one, his friends and classmates stopped hanging out with him as they heard he had cancer.
Once friendly and outgoing, Sasha was now hardened to life and people. When he arrived at camp, he ignored everyone.
One of the camp leaders decided to do something about the barrier Sasha had erected, and asked the teenager for some help . . . and God’s love began to melt the heart of this hurting teenager.
The next day, Sasha talked with the other campers, and helped with activities and games for the parents. The last day of camp, Sasha confessed that he hadn’t planned on making friends at camp, but he did.
His grandmother added, “Thank you for inviting us here. At this camp, I learned that when things are very hard God is nearby and He hears us. We will definitely attend church when we return home.”
Learn from His Word
Sergey had been to enough camps to last him a lifetime, and hated every single one.
When Sergey was invited to one of Russian Ministries’ evangelistic camps in Moldova, his first reaction was to say, “No. I thought it would be just like all the other camps, but my mother convinced me to go.”
It only took a couple of days for Sergey to settle in, and realize that this camp was different from the other camps he had attended. “This camp had a warm, open atmosphere,” explained Sergey.
The fourth day of camp, Sergey picked up a Bible for the first time in his young life, and read the first six chapters of the gospel of Matthew. “I am so grateful to this camp for changing me, and I think for the better,” said Sergey. “I will keep coming to camp until they kick me out!”
Grow in Their Faith
Tanya and Valya are both seventeen years old. Both like to cook and both live at the same orphanage in the Rovno region.
The two girls also spend their summers at one of Russian Ministries’ evangelistic summer camps.
Each summer, Next Generation Christian leaders from Rovno have a summer camp for orphans all over the region. “We’ve known Tanya and Valya for a few years now,” explained one of the Next Generation leaders. “We have a ministry in their orphanage and they’ve been coming to camp.”
This summer, the girls helped out the camp staff with younger children from the orphanage. “They acted like leaders,” said one of the camp leaders.
Tanya and Valya remember when these Next Generation Christians first came to their orphanage and told the children that Jesus loved and cared for them.
This summer was Tanya and Valya’s last summer at camp.
They’re “graduating” from the orphanage and will head off to cooking school together. But the girls won’t forget the Next Generation Christians who came to the orphanage and told them about Jesus, and gave them opportunities to grow in their faith at summer camp.
Thank you for your part in helping to send these children and teenagers to our summer camps, and for giving them opportunities to discover God’s love, learn from His Word and grow in their faith.
*Number of children reached/total number of camps:
Russia: 2900 campers/39 camps
Ukraine: 2730 campers/31 camps
Belarus: 2188 campers/36 camps
Moldova: 465 campers/5 camps
Total number of campers: 8,283
Total number of camps: 111