UKRAINE MISSION TRIP

 
       

All together for a photo!!

First and foremost, I learned that mission trips are only partially about serving others and minister-ing to them; the other half is the mission that goes on in your own soul! Inside of the ten days in Lviv we had intense sorrow, but even more intense comfort and joy straight from the hand of God who can use every circumstance as a learning experience for those involved, ultimately for his glory. Serving and learning in Ukraine was amazing in every way: the friendliness and the bonding between the two teams (Ukrainian and North American Teams); the creativity and richness of the culture in Lviv; the variety of new foods to try, from delicious REAL borscht to cherry dumplings to rich hot cocoa; the smiling faces of children who somehow love you though you know only one word in their language; the scenery seen while travelling through the country on the way to orphanages and hospitals; the kindness and hospitality shown by the hosts and cooks throughout the trip; the happiness that comes through worshiping together; and the fun preparing JOY for children who deserve every bit of it! Despite the culturaldifferences, Lviv felt like a home. 

The Ukrainian and North American Teams
The Ukrainian and North American Teams

my beautiful sister and her little friend
my beautiful sister and her little friend
singing
singing
Saying Hi to the children

One of the most memorable experiences I had was in the disabled boys’ orphanage. The orphanage was in a rural town and was full of boys who were in some way disabled. In the first room we entered, there was perhaps 15 or so boys, some little and some older, in beds or on mats on the floor. These “unwanted” children were so precious! We played with those who could play and held the hands of the children who could not move. Even though they could not move or talk, they had such joyful smiles! In this orphanage, I was in tears looking at the tiny children suffering so much but I also found that God poured buckets of joy into the middle of the orphanage and into the middle of our heartaches and showed us that He loved these children as no loving father ever could. He assured me that after we were gone He would continue to care for each little child, each one so special to Him. So in in this naturally “unhappy” setting we prayed for joy and found ourselves crazily happy!!

At the disabled boy's orphanage
At the disabled boy’s orphanage

In returning from the trip, people commented that we must be “really good” to go on a mission trip and help others. I laugh. I know that we are the ones who were helped, the ones who were taught, the ones who were shown the true meaning of life- by others, including the disabled, the lonely and the forgotten children. We have been blessed above all by being allowed to go on this trip!
 This trip opened my eyes and my life to a new expansion. Life will never be the same as before, nor do I want it to be. Knowing that God could orchestrate something like this trip in all its joy and fulfillment opens my eyes to the greatness of the God we serve and I dare to always follow Him! 

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by:  MICHELLE BORAM

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