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Conquering Fear and Building Faith at Camp

Conquering Fear and Building Faith at Camp

November 06, 2020

The fear of failure is one of the primary feelings experienced by orphans on a daily basis. All their lives they’ve been told that they are not that smart, not strong enough, and not even capable of achieving their dreams and goals. In fact, unfortunate circumstances and lack of support usually discourages them to pursue their dreams at all.

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A hunk, a chunk, a drunk or a monk? Life after quarantine...

A hunk, a chunk, a drunk or a monk? Life after quarantine...

October 12, 2020

How did seven of our Orphan Graduate Girls manage to get through the COVID-19 pandemic while living in our Girls Flat? Just like the rest of us, adjusting to a new lifestyle during a pandemic was not easy. As a result of staying home most of the time, the girls began to feel helpless physically and emotionally. Read how they learned and grew from this life-changing experience!

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COVID Summer for Orphans

COVID Summer for Orphans

September 07, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of the Coronavirus, this past spring the government of Ukraine issued a nationwide quarantine, closed the border, all schools and orphanages and sent the children “home”. Instead of online distance learning, writing happy messages with chalk on sidewalks and sourcing the cutest mask, orphans were thrown back into the very environment they escaped from. So, what did they do? How did they cope?

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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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