Ukraine English Camp adventures

This August  I went to Ukraine on a mission to teach English to Ukrainian university students and also present them with the Gospel. I have been on this mission several times before, and keep returning whenever I can, because it is such a brilliant way to share  the love of Jesus with others.

Although the students are young , the team is made up of native English speakers from a variety of age groups. Nobody is too old; you just have to be in good health and willing to love the students.

Although one of the aims of the camp is to help students improve their English skills,  it is as much a time of learning for the team as it is for the students. (By the way, you don’t have to be a teacher to qualify for going on this mission!) There is so much to gain from being in this camp environment, like learning about the Ukrainian  culture as well as that of the other native English speakers. It never ceases to amaze me how God brings together a team from various parts of the world, unites us, even though we may never have met each other before,  and uses us to bring His good news.

The camps are very well organised by the field missionaries, and although I am always very tired when I reurn to UK, I have had so much fun and made so many new friends.The Gospel is presented in a non-pressurised way and students are free and encouraged to discuss their feelings and beliefs.

Another amazing thing is God will take you out of your comfort zone, but will delight you with how He has been faithful in helping you to work through areas that you would normally find very difficult. There have been many answers to prayer.

After the camps, and the team return to their various countries, the work still goes on. There is quite a high success rate in helping the students to understand what relationship with Jesus looks like and many respond well to the Gospel.  Much time is invested by the home missionaries in the way of follow up work in discipleship, etc, that the seeds planted at the camps are watered and nurtured well.

I would recommend this camp to anybody who is interested in short term missions as it is the most exciting way I know of presenting the Good News.

Sandra Armsrong

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