Hooray! Today is the day that we have been anticipating for over a year. A dedicated team of young people and adults will be arriving shortly from Switzerland. (They are in the air as I write.) This 21-member team has been raising funds to make this trip a reality since last fall and we are so proud of each one of them!
The team leader heads up an organization called anti-virus that is under the auspices of Health Care Fellowship International. We first met Corinne in Denmark when we joined HCFI for a week of prayer to kick off the year 2010. Our goal there was to spend a week with like-minded health-care providers to seek God’s direction for each of us as we sought to enlarge His Kingdom throughout Europe. How might God use the medical profession to His glory through us?
I shared a little about my work with HIV+ children in Kyiv, and Jim spoke of his work with children with disabilities, and we apparently struck a chord with Corinne. She along with a small group of visionaries visited us last summer to see how their group of children could fit with our ministry here.
The main goal of these children is to thank the health-care providers who deal with children who are infected with HIV. To that end, we are planning a dinner in their honor and the children will serve as well as entertain the guests.
They will also be leading two 2-day camps, one just outside of Kyiv and one at the Okmatdet (the national children’s hospital) in the HIV/AIDS section. We took camp to the inpatients last summer and I know they’re looking forward to a fun purposeful couple of days next week.
In between will be some sightseeing, shopping, and joining the church praise band during the worship service on Sunday.
Please pray for all of us. That we will meld well as a team. That the children attending the camps will understand the message of Christ’s love for them and God’s redemptive plan for each of us.
We understand that we will have internet access on site, but we have no idea for how long or how well it will function. Praying that we can give daily updates with pictures.