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"Kompas Park is truly my favorite place in the world."

"Kompas Park is truly my favorite place in the world."

June 19, 2020

Kompas Park is near and dear to many of our hearts. In an effort to share our support and love for the camp, and to encourage its staff during this Sabbatical Summer, we asked past volunteers to share their favorite memories of the camp. Read what they shared! 

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A Day at Kompas Park

A Day at Kompas Park

June 03, 2020

This week would have been our Kids’ Camp at Kompas Park. The happy sounds of laughter, gleeful shouts, and worshipful singing should be reverberating loudly through the camp today. Instead, it is silent. While those of us who have been to Kompas Park Kids’ Camp can picture what this week would have looked like without COVID-19, we realize that to many of you, a day at Kompas Park is unfamiliar. So, we’d like to share what a typical day at Kompas Park Kids’ Camp looks like through the eyes of a camper. 

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My father is no more.

My father is no more.

May 26, 2020

How many times have I heard an orphan say that to me?  “My father is no more.” It’s a terrible expression, but perhaps it’s better than saying, “Papa is dead.” Or, “My dad deserted us.” Or even worse, “Daddy abandoned us, forgot about us and has a new family now.”  For the hundreds of children we minister to in Ukraine, almost ALL of them have suffered the loss of their earthly father one way or another, and it is absolutely crushing.

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Kompas Park Needs Your Help!

Kompas Park Needs Your Help!

May 20, 2020

Visitors say that Kompas Park summer camp is a slice of heaven on earth! Its fields, assembly hall, dining room, beach area and bunk rooms hold precious memories for campers and volunteers alike. Unfortunately, due to the risks of COVID-19, this summer, the gates of Kompas Park will be closed. Since the camps have all been cancelled, KP has been hit hard financially. Will you support them during this time? 

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Inna & Lena’s Grocery Delivery

Inna & Lena’s Grocery Delivery

April 27, 2020

One month ago, Ukraine closed its borders and will continue to be on quarantine through May 11.  Since that time, all of the children in the orphanage were sent “home” to their guardians and are supposed to be distance learning for the remainder of the school year. We asked how can we help the children?  The answer was clear and swift – bring food.  So, Inna and Lena leapt into action, bought groceries, made up food parcels and received today’s list of the families that needed them immediately.

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Marina's New Design on Life

Marina's New Design on Life

April 21, 2020

One of our orphan graduates wants to give you an update! You may remember Marina was in the hospital about 3 years ago when she had plastic surgery on her neck and legs to remove painful scars she has carried since childhood. She has some great news to tell now!

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Caring for the Sick and Vulnerable

Caring for the Sick and Vulnerable

April 14, 2020

Over the years, as we have cared for orphans, families, and their communities we’ve encountered an overwhelming and often unmet need. Many orphans face pressing medical needs, including emergency surgeries and life-changing procedures, but they lack the funds to pay for them. While the Ukrainian government may promise free medical care for all, the realities of rampant corruption, poverty, and subpar medical facilities make this promise fall drastically short. 

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Continued Renewal for a Widow and Her Orphaned Family

Continued Renewal for a Widow and Her Orphaned Family

March 30, 2020

About three years ago, we began telling you the story of Ananda, Hima, and their mother Valeria. Ananda and Hima live and go to school at the orphanage or “Internat” we support. Read the story of this family's renewal in their community. 

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A Miraculous Dinner

A Miraculous Dinner

February 15, 2020

A few months ago, 21 of us gathered around a table in the village of Khutory at our Boys’ Pre-Independence Home, “Greenfield”. Over the meal, we reflected on the miracle of God building a safe home for teenage orphan graduates in Ukraine.

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Ukraine: Orphans, A Disturbing Situation

Ukraine: Orphans, A Disturbing Situation

February 03, 2020

Right now, there are over 650 institutions housing 70-110,000 orphans in Ukraine, with the majority of them being “social orphans” who were abused or abandoned by their parents and were placed in the care of others. In Ukraine, the orphanage, known as an Internat, is a mixed boarding school for orphans and children from families living in poverty and is a catch-all for children of every background and need.

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UPDATE!  Vlad’s thankful journey – from Businessman to Builder

UPDATE! Vlad’s thankful journey – from Businessman to Builder

January 29, 2020

Eighth grade can be tough – especially if you’re a lanky 17-year-old, who can’t really read or write.  Coming from a broken home of alcoholics, violence and poverty, Vlad arrived at the orphanage not ready to learn, but to survive.  

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There’s no place like home… especially for an Orphan

There’s no place like home… especially for an Orphan

January 14, 2020

Kompas Park: a magical land of strange costumes, endless mosquito bites, injury-inducing games that you know you shouldn’t play but you do anyway, (speaking for a friend...) kids screaming at you for the 100th time to jump on the trampoline, and you have to explain “I’m too old now” in broken Ukrainian, scattered belongings, sunshiny days, tearful goodbyes, and where time moves much faster than normal. There is truly no place like it.

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