Teenager Making A Difference

My trip to the Ukraine was one of the best weeks of my entire life. I know people hate when others say “you had to be there” but honestly you did. It was utterly amazing.

On the way to the camp I had no idea what to expect, I had only been to a few summer camps back in Canada but they really didn’t compare to what it was like there. First off the view was amazing; being out there in the mountains was just so surreal and beautiful. As for the kids I was honestly amazed by how quickly they took a liking to me as they included me in their games and conversations trying their best to speak in English as much as possible. They were all so special and kind hearted they really know how to make someone feel loved. At the beginning of the week I was very quiet and kept to myself as I just had no idea what to do without scaring them away, however they had no troubles accepting me into their lives.

I would just like to take some time to thank The Masters Foundation for this life changing opportunity. It seemed as if God planned it out himself because everything went off without a hitch. This camp really made an impact on my spiritual life and connection to the Lord as I had felt more connected with him than I had in a while. It made me feel the need to read my bible more and listen to the lessons being taught even though it was difficult to understand at times. One of my favourite activities was getting to sing and give praise to God as everyone would join together after dinner to participate in this. It was a great moment to see all the kids joining in and having a good time singing and just being with one another in the name of God. They all enjoyed learning more about the bible and all its stories as many asked questions and showed an interest in this. A I looked at these kids, many of them from broken homes having so much fun together, I knew they found what they were longing for, love and affection. But they also knew that each day they had to put some time aside for God to be one on one with him and I’ve realized that as well. I was overwhelmed at what being at camp did for the kids.

I still think about my time in the Ukraine every single day, I miss the kids and being able to spend time with them. I really hope I get a chance to go back sometime soon as I realized that it really opened my eyes up to how great of an experience this truly was. If you ever consider going please just do it, don’t even think about it, just go and I promise you will not regret a single thing. I was so nervous about going and any normal person would be, but the memories I made there will stay with me forever.

Danielle is a 16 year old high school student who made a difference last summer by visiting Ukraine and
helping out at a kids summer camp in the Carpathian Mountains.