No More “Purposeless Life”: Sasha & Camp

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Every year, we meet new orphans in our city, every year we invite them to summer camp, and every year their lives are changed.

Sasha with Lena Voznyuk

We met Sasha at one of the social dorms. He was an orphan who had lived in a “House of Family Type” – a little like Ukrainian foster care. But after he moved out, he lost touch with that family and began drinking. He spent all his time on computer games.

Sasha attended camp at the Uzhiy Sea with the Educational Outreach group in 2017

When we invited him to camp in 2017, we let him know we didn’t allow smoking or drinking. But that wasn’t a problem! He was like a different person, helping often with the cooking. While he peeled potatoes with the staff, Sasha shared that he “didn’t actually like having a purposeless life.” Lena Voznyuk asked him about his interests. He talked about computers, but he didn’t know how to do anything with them except play video games.

Sasha at camp with Last Bell staff and friends, third from left

We told him about a Christian college in Lviv, called Hebron, that offered an opportunity for orphans to study in the IT field. That same night we called the Hebron office.

After camp, Sasha left for Hebron, where he became a Christian. He was baptized just last month, on April 8th, 2018!

Sasha shared, “My life has changed completely. I’m thankful for meeting you all. God changed my life. Our teachers [at Hebron] and the mentors who live with us are all Christians. They teach us about God and we pray… I repented from my sins and found purpose in life.”

Sasha with his class at Hebron

When Sasha returned to Zhytomyr, he accompanied Last Bell staff to the social dorms, where he had once lived, to shared about the change God had made in his life and invite other young people to study in the IT field.

We pray for all our youth to find their calling, to find a field where they can succeed. Most importantly, we want them to know God and let Him change their hearts!

Sasha’s baptism

Sending one young person to camp in 2018 only costs $115.

Will you help?

PS – you can see Sasha’s photo on the Hebron website, here. Look for Oleksandr from Zhytomyr (Sasha is his nickname).