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Monday (Amy)

Monday (Amy)
Amy - Mon Jul 19, 2010 @ 06:14AM
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First timer perspective

For years, I had a desire to go to some missionary trip. When I was younger I had thought about joining the Peace Corp and did a little research on it, however, I met someone during that time and was distracted and ended up getting married and having kids. That dream was put on hold. Now divorced and single again, this desire to help people is back.

I heard about USNOF through a good friend, Amy Jones. She has been trying to get me to go for the longest time. Then when I met Jason and Jennifer Miller, and the desire to go grew even more. After five years of dreaming about going, this year it was made possible.

This year I had some extra money from the tax refund and also the time to go. I was still a bit anxious and wasn't sure if I should still proceed. God had told me to trust Him and allow Him to work it all out. True to His promise, He did His end and all I had to do was follow His calling and accept the mission. So, I accepted the challenge.

The Travel to Ukraine was a long 8 hour flight from Dulles, Virginia to Munich, Germany. Then it was another 8 hour wait at the airport of Munich. Thankfully Munich airport was nice with a lot of shops (almost like a mall) to keep one occupied. I arrived at Kiev the night of Friday around 1030pm. By the time I was done with customs and security, the ride to the hotel, it was 1130pm.

The next morning I woke up at 630am and had to leave again, this time for a bus ride to Rivne. A 5 hour bus ride. Ukraine is a lot more developed than I had expected.

By 1230pm we arrived at Rivne and I had the pleasure to witness a civil wedding of a friend, Allen Hull. I was told that in Ukraine, they have one civil wedding and one church wedding. The civil wedding is what "counts." Whereas, in my friend's opinion, the church wedding is what really "counts" and makes it legal with God's blessing. I will have to agree with my friend, Allen.

The weekend was spent recovering from the two days of travel and with some preparation and discussion on the expectations of who is doing what for each team.

Today, Monday 19 July, the Outreach/VBS team visited the orphanage first. This was a group of kids from ~2-5 year old. We split up into three teams and the kids also split up into three groups rotating every half hour. The first group did story time, then another worked with them on arts and craft. We had them make masks and lastly, I was on the recreation team and basically played with them and chased them around. Many asked that I chase them. I started out strong and chased all the kids and played ball with them, then the second group came around and I tried to keep up and chased some, but stood and played ball. By the third group I had to sit and all the kids were just running around me. The orphanage needs a lot of renovation. The playground is in really bad shape with overgrown grass and rusty playsets. Yet I was told by the translators that this orphanage is one of the best.

We broke for lunch and after lunch visited the "Intake facility" - this place was opened by a Director who used to be a military official and has a huge heart for helping kids. The kids here are a lot older range from 7-16 years old. This place is for runaway children and children whose parents have problem such as alcohol/drug addiction. This is a safe place for them while their parents recover from their addiction or until a close family relative comes and claimsthem.

The children are all very well behaved, and played well with one another. We started out with singing songs and then working on crafts. We later took them outside and play ball, jump ropes and did any other outdoor activities they seem to enjoy. The day started out very well. We ended the day feeling exhausted, but fullfilled.

Tags: VBS, Outreach, 2010
Comments: 3


1. Laura Roden   |   Mon Jul 19, 2010 @ 04:22PM

Go Amy! Glad to hear you made it there safe and sound. I'm exhausted just reading about your adventures. :) Look forward to hearing more.

2. Barry Billignsley   |   Tue Jul 20, 2010 @ 04:05AM

Wow Amy I'm so happy you are following your Dream. Enjoy.

3. Jeff Morgan   |   Tue Jul 20, 2010 @ 12:56PM

Nice blog Amy! Proud of you. Keep up the good work

If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

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