In 1993, Grain of Wheat’s volunteers began visiting children in two orphanages in Kazatin, a small town in the centre of Ukraine. Along with teaching Bible lessons, kids loved the fun events with gifts and much needed humanitarian aid. It is in 1997 that Grain of Wheat began to hold Christian camps in this region. But all of this changed when Victor Yanukovych became president of Ukraine in 2010. Visiting orphanages is now forbidden. Currently, the war against terrorism has compounded the problem further. Nevertheless, Grain of Wheat continues to organize camps in Kazatin.
On top of this, unemployment forces parents to search for work in the big cities. They rarely see their children, who often end up living on the street, drinking and smoking by the ages of 9-11 years old.
All of this looks so hopeless, but to Grain of Wheat, it looks like a huge open door! So we are walking right through that door, to come alongside these desperate street children with the Good News of hope in Jesus!
In Kazatin, since 1997, and 18 camps later, 1,130 children along with their friends and family now know how to find authentic hope in Jesus’ love.
Grain of Wheat can’t wait to encourage kids coming from orphanages, from large and poor families, from the street as well as disabled children by holding two summer camps in 2016 : a tent camp for 40 teens and a day camp for 60 younger kids in late July.
Can’t you just hear the sound of kids playing fun sports and camp games? How about their voices singing praises to God around a campfire or the gentle quietness of their hearts turning to Him in prayer.
But wait! There are still so many kids who haven’t heard the Good News.
Will YOU help us bring them hope?
Testimony from 2015 camp in Kazatin, Vinnitsa Oblast
Inna: I have been counting the days until I could come to camp again. I especially love singing songs moving my hands. Through the camp Bible lessons, I realized that I need to pray and trust God. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that I now have hope in God! Every day I’m learning to grow stronger in my faith and walk closer with Him.