Area Impact in Ukraine
For the last twelve years I have traveled to Ukraine to minister to orphans and special needs children as part of the Ukraine Special Needs Orphanage Fund. Last spring, as I was preparing for my summer trip to Ukraine, I was sitting in a Charlottesville Area FCA meeting and mentioned my trip. I was familiar with FCA International ministry but had never explored FCA’s role in Ukraine. Charlottesville Area Rep, Kate McCollum, made some calls to the FCA National office and I was put in contact with a local FCA in Rivne, Ukraine.
Upon arrival in Ukraine, I contacted Rivne Area FCA Director, Andrew Chernenkov and made arrangements to visit the local FCA office. I met with Chernenkov and was invited to join his team while visiting Rivne. I had the opportunity to lead a morning 3D Coaching Bible Study with a group of coaches and share my testimony. I was also introduced to Vova Demedyuk, the FCA lacrosse director, and had the opportunity to lead team practices. Lacrosse is new to Ukraine so it was great to share my knowledge and love of the sport with these young athletes.
FCA is thriving in Ukraine. Chernenkov and Demedynuk are seeing their ministry grow as more Ukrainians are eager to hear about the love of Christ. Thanks to a generous donation from the Charlottesville area, I was able to donate water bottles to FCA Power Camp in Rivne. The camp that started at one school with forty campers has now expanded to 12 locations with over 1,000 campers.
We serve an awesome God and it was so amazing to see how he placed all the pieces together and allowed me to combine my love for Ukraine and FCA in to a wonderful summer adventure. I look forward to returning next summer to minister with FCA and take part in the awesome work God is doing in that country.
FCA in Cville is going to the nations! Please help us continue to see the world impacted by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. $3K by Dec 31st!
Posted on Mon, December 11, 2017
by Kate McCollum