We are excited to announce this year's short-term team to Ukraine! This year we have four members, Daniel Chow, Pastor Adriel Lui, Calvin and Crystal Sun, and we will be there from July 17 to Aug.1, 2018. We are looking forward to fellowshipping and serving our brothers and sisters at the House of Mercy this year! More info and details to come!
In the past, our main program was geared for age 6 to 12 Children. With the leadership and support from our friends in Norway, we have a new program for small children under 6 years old.
We are thankful for all our Norwegian leaders: Ida, Hanne, Hanne, Solveig and Pål. They have prepared a parallel small children program for our 10 small children.
Our small children will join all the main gatherings and singing. But during station session, they will have their own program, craft, games, Cafe station and lessons, etc.
These kids are so very cute.
Be aware of the following pictures: Cute kids may melt your "heart"!
We are thankful for Pål and Solveig to come to help and support the Children Camp.
Yesterday morning we woke up in the Camp quite tired as we missed our Eastern Ukraine children very much that we went to Say goodbye at the train station.
They are living a hard life in Eastern Ukraine where near the conflict between Russia and Ukraine where fighting is still going on every day. People suffered family broken. They face gun battle and bombing in a daily basis.
I wish there were more time for us to be with these children. One more day at Camp means one less day at the war zone: Donetsk area.
Even there is a cease fire agreement but the local people are saying the fighting is still going on.
Image if you are in such condition, how will you live each day.
After the camp, we missed them very much. We along with a group of Ukraine leaders drove to the train station at 430am to say our goodbye to them and gave them a big hug.
It was a touching picture. Little kids carrying their backpack, dragging a big luggage compare to their size in one hand, the other hand carrying a 6 litre giant water bottle and their bag of food for their 40 hours journey. Trying to drag their luggage up and down the train stairways (no escalator). This was only the first train station. Then three more trains to go.
We rushed over to help them to carry some of their luggage. They reluctantly to let us to help. To them they expected themselves to do all that anyway. That was the way how they come here.
After much walking distance turns and up and down stairways, we arrived at the platform. Sadly the old train is there already waiting. Next thing is to get everyone up the steep train car ladder.
The steps are narrow, steep and quite high. Children had much difficulty getting on the train
At the platform we give them more hugs. Some of the children were holding onto their leaders and did not want to let know until their adult supervisor need to hurry them get onto the train before the train move out.
Trains do not wait for people. If you are late you will miss the train. After much struggle we got all children along with their luggage onto the train.
Now we must leave the train to avoid we got stuck in the moving train. At the platform, we were all standing waving goodbye to these children (likewise from them). They push their faces towards the fogged up dusty windows to try to get a clearer look at us and they are waving goodbye.
Someone started to sing our Camp songs. Within a few seconds the whole platform is filled with our English and Ukrainian camp songs with actions.
Many people stopped and looked at us. "tired, no sleep, some in their PJs, some wrapped themselves in blankets" But we all here to give these children a bit of much needed love. Much needed hope.
After the songs, we just kept waving at the children. It was still dark outside. We turned our cell phone and the flashlight to wave at the children. Then children turned on their flashlight they got from the camp and wave at us from the inside of the train car. Then a few tea lights were turn on.
We pray that these children will continue to have hope and love in Jesus. Some of them just received Jesus in the camp.
We gave out heart shape with our hands. They returned blowing kisses to us. Before we know it, the train started to move. Our waving intensified and we were running after the train to try to get a few more glimpses of these children.....ran ran ran. We ran hard.
We did not out run the train. Standing there near the end of the platform, we can only look at the tail lights of the training went further and smaller until it disappeared.
Then we return to the camp to get some sleep.
We woke up yesterday morning quiet at the camp. Then get some breakfast going and much needed coffee and tea.
Clean up and tidy up the camp. Returned to House of Mercy children centre for lunch then settle for the night
Said goodbye to one couple from Norway.
This morning we went to church to hear they said our camp song in Ukrainian.
Back to the centre for lunch. Then said a harder goodbye to all the staff and leaders and helpers those who spent 1.5 week full time with us.
Then we headed to Budapest with our Team Norway.
May God bless them in Ukraine.
Please pray for travel safety.
Please pray for our health.
Please pray for our Team Norway and local leaders and helpers.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes. James 4:14
More special sharing to come about our Ukraine trip.....stay tune.
We can not believe it came to the last day of the Children Camp at the Mercy Camp.
We are happy that Children Camp is completed but sad as we need to say goodbye to many children that we get to know in the last five days.
Jesus gives us His Power was the theme for the day.
Weather was great but increasingly hotter each day.
We had a chance to have a special performance for the children to all of us and some guests and teachers, etc.
We then have a big all children Ukrainian tag game followed by a big blast of wonderful amazing food and refreshment prepared by House of Mercy.
It was fun and crazy as we can see children had so much fun especially a group of children from the war torn Eastern Ukraine area.
It is especially sad to say goodbye to them as they were leaving the following early morning for a 5 am train ride back home to the East. Which is a long journey of over 40 hours travel time with total of switching 4 trains along the way.
We pray that the Camp be able to allow these Children to be away from the "war" area and enjoy this one week and learned about Jesus gives them His Power to get through each day back home. One day at a time.
Believe or not? We are in the second last day of the Children Camp.
The main topic today was Jesus gives us Love.
It was an important day as the end of day will be an altar call.
Weather is getting hotter and warmer for all of us. This is the First day we need to pull out a lot of sun screen lotions for the Camp.
The sun is quite hot and you can feel your skin is "burning" under the strong sun here.
We are grateful that God provided the clouds in the sky to provide us occasionally relief with the nice cool breeze.
After the series of the 4 stations, singing, lessons and bible verses, we sang Jesus Love us and I have decided to follow Jesus in the closing assembly.
Then Lera presented the effect of sins via a illustration of getting her hands dirty, then washed clean with a bucket of water. We need Jesus to wash away our sins......
Praise the Lord.... There are many Children made decision to accept Jesus at the end of the Camp during altar call with majority of the children of Age 12.
They come out to the front and follow our camp Leader, Lera, to make the confession and acceptance prayer.
Last's week July 13, 2016 we have our International Dinner.
It is a traditional for our mission team to cook for one night of dinner in Ukraine House of Mercy. This year is no exception. But we are thankful for our friends from Norway to work together in the full meal deal.
This year Chinese meal include Cold noodle with sesame seed dressing, Chicken in Korean sauce, roast BBQ pork with Lisa's family secret recipe, Tomson's stir fry Cabbages, etc.
Christmas every day? Dessert that is Perfect for Canadian (red and white color)
Children are warming up to the camp and us. They are enjoying the Camp as we are enjoying having them.
We thank God again for the weather. It was cloudy with a bit of rain in the morning but Clear up again by the time children arrive to the Mercy Camp.