People usually go on vacation during summertime, but we have had more opportunities in the children’s ministry. At the end of February our church decided to organize a summer camp for children. We brought this before the Lord and started organizing it. But as the time for the camp was getting near, we encountered many barriers and trials. Some members of the staff were sick, others changed their minds and others had to stay in the hospital with their parents who were very sick. At the beginning of the summer, I started thinking that we should give up the day camp. Still, the Lord was working.

The children started asking me if we were going to have the day camp and I didn’t know what to tell them. But the Lord searched my heart and I remembered that I had to live by faith. So, I started telling the children that we were going to have the day camp and the Lord began working. Those staff members who were sick, got healed; those who were suppose to go to the seaside, postponed their vacation in order to be there for the camp. At the end of June, the Lord called home the deacon’s wife, who had been paralyzed, so her daughter and daughter-in-law were able to get involved in this ministry because now they didn’t have to stay at home and take care of their mother anymore. During the same time a missionary family came home after five years on the mission field in eastern Ukraine. We all came to the conclusion that we could organize the day camp.

We decided to have during July 20th – 26th. We didn’t have too much time for organizing it, but we made it with God’s help. The Lord also sent a family from Kiev to help us. If you believe it, you will see it happen. On July 20th, about 60 children came to participate in the day camp, ages 6 to 15. We had good weather that week, even though it was a bit too hot for older ones. The children were very happy. We prayed that nothing bad would happen that week and the Lord answered our prayers. On Wednesday, we had 68 participants. Eight children came from Zavoloca, a small village with only about 20 households. Most of them came from non-Christian families, which used to threaten their children with the “repenters”. It seems that the Lord is using the children to make the ice melt. And, in the end, the most precious thing: on Sunday was that we had a special church service and most of the parents came to watch their children’s program.

In the end, the parents also listened to an evangelistic sermon, which addressed both children and adults. I participated in the day camp every day. We started each day with a prayer time, then I had short message for the children and then I served with different administrative things (water, food, transportation, organizing).

Don is serving as the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe. As an itinerant evangelist, his pulpit ministry is directed toward preaching on the inner life of the believer and the spiritual need of the lost. With HeartCry, his ministry includes organizing Bible conferences and corresponding with the HeartCry missionaries in Europe. He and his lovely wife Cindy live in Tuscumbia, AL.

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