U12 Update. July 20

July 20, 2012

Hi, below is update from Rachel Ahn on the last day at the camp..

Hey New Hope Family!
As you might already be aware, Wifi signal has been quite poor in the area weʼve
been staying so we apologize that this blog took so long to post. Overall, the team is
spiritually, physically and mentally very well. It has been quite special seeing what God
has been doing.
God is truly amazing. Spending eight days here has made our team realize that New
Hope Fellowship (Tarrytown) and New Hope Church (Kremenchuk) are truly sister
churches all possible through Christ. There are members at New Hope Church that
remind us of members at New Hope Fellowship. Like New Hope Fellowship, New Hope
Church had just finished sermons on 1 Corinthians. We even run into other church
members at our local supermarket. For New Hope Church itʼs AMCTOP (“Ahm-store”)
and for New Hope Fellowship, itʼs H Mart 🙂
Hereʼs a quick breakdown of our day: (Most of the camp activities happen every day. So
it is also a look into what we did everyday.)
-Every morning we would wake up and gather for a morning devotional. This morning,
we read through Isaiah 43: v. 1-7 &10 to start off our day. We had a time of worship with
“I Will Follow You” and “My Heart is Overwhelmed”.
-Went down for an awesome breakfast
– We took a 15 minute van ride to the camp site only to be greeted by a cheerful crowd
of beautiful children
-Jacques led the camp with a final day of warm up.
-The morning session consisted of the welcome intro, the camp dance, free stuff (prize
giveaway), a video (of a message about Christ), sports/activities results from the
previous day and worship with the Rock Band.
-Todayʼs morning craft was to squeeze out all of the remaining dye in the tie-die shirts
the kids made. As they hung on the side rails to dry, we couldnʼt help but praise God
that the tie-dye t-shirts were a success! They came out beautifully.
-The sports were all water-related games (meaning water ballon tosses and two crazy
relay races)
-The afternoon session consisted of one last camp dance, sports results for the water
games, Best of the Best (the equivalent to our talent show), games and a final time of
worship with the Rock Band
-We ended the night with a debrief, devotional and prayer.
-Our devotional came from Acts 28:28 “Therefore, let it be known to you that this
salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
-Our closing prayer came from our hearts. We prayed these children would know that
there is nothing else in this world like the love of our savior Jesus
Reflections:
Thank you New Hope for your prayers! It is so evident that Godʼs presence has been
upon us throughout the duration of this trip. There was no rain this week and the days
here have been bright. As we were stretching, it seemed as though the sun shined
especially bright this morning which I found to be quite symbolic. The illuminated day
was a reassurance that our team can leave with peace knowing that God would be
shining His light over these children beyond camp.
-Pastor Sashaʼs vision is to have a monthly youth group gathering so that this fire for
God would not end this week but rather it would continue in the heart of these children
Prayer Requests:
-Please pray for tomorrowʼs family olympic where many parents (of the kidʼs that
attended the camp) will be attending; that God would use New Hope to speak to the
parents and that God would use these pre-teen/teenagers to minister to their parents.
-Please pray for another beautiful day so the kids and parents of the teens at camp
would have a blessed day.
-Please pray for traveling mercies as to head to Kiev tomorrow morning

U12 Update. July 19

July 19, 2012

Hi, below is update from the team via Jacques.

Almost there.

 
As we enter the last day I am sure it will be emotional.  Pastor Sasha, during the debriefing, warned the leaders not to be too emotional on Friday. For we don’t want the kids to believe this is the end, and its the last time we will see them. (Very wise words I thought.)
He has expressed to everyone to be in prayer about doors opening up for more opportunities to continue the relationship with the kids.
 
We had dinner with the ‘core’ leaders of new hope tonight. Got to hear some of their journey and where the church is headed. Great conversation, with many questions answered and dreams shared about reaching the Gospel in Kremenchuk (spell that right?).
Made me think about how we (NHF) can reach our community, friends, families, and people we know more. 
At this point I am wondering if my reason, “Its a cultural thing. They can do that kind of stuff in PLACE ANY OTHER NATION HERE, we can’t in NY/US.”, is more of an excuse and less of a reason. 
Hope that makes sense.
 
Thank you for all your prayers! They are working!! Believe me!!

U12 Update on July 18

July 18, 2012

Below is an email from Jacques on behalf of the team:
 
We introduced the kids (and adult leaders) to Ultimate Frisbee today. In our debriefing tonight many of us said that a major highlight of the day was witnessing that ‘ah-ha’ moment when the kids ‘got’ the game and they really started playing.
Rachel remarked how cool it is to know that once we leave they might continue to play the game, and perhaps even introduce it to others.
We pray that we also have this effect when it comes to reaching their heart for God. 
My team leader asked me to share my testimony to our group tomorrow. So I am praying about that.
We have a big day as far as crafts tomorrow. We’re in charge of the craft time and we want it to be as organized as possible, but also fun for the kids. A lot of logistics.
 
Tonight we had some great fellowship with other members of the church after the camp. Personally I was thankful to spend some time with Patty and Greg (the Canadian missionaries) and ask them some questions about their journey, and how the Gospel is spreading and being hinder here. They say alcoholism is huge  addiction here, but praise God that recently there have been Christians rehab centers that have open up. This is really great news since the traditional rehab center here is a 30 day lock up, a pack of pills, and a “good luck”. Which basically never works and the person ends up falling into the same darkness all over again.  This was definitely an interesting conversation.
 
Lastly we are praying for Sasha and Luda (our interpreters) as they battle the symptoms of colds, and possible voice loss. After all, if they have no voice, we have no voice! HA!
 
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” ~Psalm 16:8
 Hi, New Hope. Below is an email report from Jacques on behalf of the team on July 17,2012
 
Another day in the bag. Team is safe and secure.
Tired….but feeling good.
Amazing how being on the “front lines” of ministry you don’t use the excuse of “I’m tired” anymore. mmmm…Perhaps its because we know its temporary? 😉
 
Today was a heavy day of prayer. The team was praying both individually and corporately a number of times.
A lot on the hearts, specially as we get to know the people and their struggles here. (Never realized what a prayer warrior Sunny is!! WOW!!)
 
I think we have figured out the internet issue, so hoping that tomorrow I can attach a ‘letter’ from Rachel that you can send out to the whole church.
Trying to upload big sites with the horrible internet connection has been extremely hard. So I think this is the best way we can handle it. 
 
Went out to dinner with Pastor Sasha and his family tonight. Had a fun time. And Sunny and I got some one on one time with Pastor Sasha to talk, ….. (His plans, how it operates, different ministries, etc.) Good talk. A lot to process and relay back to the mission ministry.
 
… Off to bed I go.
Praying for you guys back home. Keeping good fight over there!