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Jul 31, 2011 - How Many Kids Can I Bring Home?

By 6am today I was already on the road to start my day. Zhoozha and me rode 2 hours standing on the bus to get to an orphanage in another city today. I really wanted to come to this orphanage because I met some of the boys from here last year. It was Victor's birthday today so we were able to bring him a cake to share with the rest of the kids. We played games with them and cheered for them while they played soccer. I thought you had to be married to adopt from Ukraine, but apparently you don't so I may have to adopt one of the kids I met...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Swimming and Praying

Today I spent the morning swimming and laying out by a lake. It really is this small lake back some dirt roads that has a little clearing on the bank where locals go and lay out at. I would have never been able to find this lake even if Anna and her mom didn't take me. Anna is involved with Alpha and Omega and is in charge of figuring out where everyone will live while at camp. luda who translates for me at some meetings also came to hang out today. After the lake, we went shopping at Karavan. I got 2 new pairs of flip-flops! At night I...

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Jul 29, 2011 - I AM STILL ALIVE

I know it has been a few days since I have written. I have started twice but the power has been going on and off so ther internet doesn't work. For the past 2 days the power has randomly just been turning off for anywhere from 1 minute to a few hours at a time. Some things I did this week: -I had a meeting at Alpha and Omega for camp (actually 2). We meet with the leadership team and then I went to the meeting for the evening program. They were asking me some questions about Canada too and I was shocked how little I knew about Canada. - I...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Church

So Americans should never say that a 1 hour and 15 minute church service is too long. Today I spent almost 5 hours in church...not that I am complaining though! First I went to a small church with some people my age from Alpha and Omega. It was so nice to get to see Claire and Ruslan for the first time since I have been here this time. A little background information on the two of them. Claire is from Canada and use to come here every summer to work in oprhanages. She met Ruslan who is from here and also helped at the orphanage. They got...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Monastery Island

Today was a day of walking. I went to Monastery Island and got to view one of the famous spots in Dnepropetrovsk. There was a service going on so I was able to listen to some of the service. The inside of the chapel was beautiful! I have attached some of the photos to just show you a piece of how beautiful it was! I know I am going to sleep really well tonight. :-)

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Jul 22, 2011 - Games by the Riverside

So last night I went to the movies with Zhoozha. I think that they have a smart idea going where you pay and get an assigned seat instead of everyone sitting in random places and leaving all sorts of empty seats. Today Ira came back from a mission trip that she was translating on so I was able to visit with her for an hour or so. Then I went to the head of Alpha and Omega, Slavic's house to spend the day with his family. On the way we were able to talk about the orphanages in Ukraine some more and he told me about one that I will be...

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Jul 21, 2011 - Prayer Request

One of my friends from over here told me that this summer one of the directors from an orphanage made the decision that the children from that orphanage will not be allowed to go to any christian summer camps this year when 7 of her children were invited to a camp in West Ukraine. However, people involved with that camp went over her head and wrote to the city of Dnepro and they said that 1 student would be allowed because he was in the age group that the camp was set for. I know several of the orphans from this orphanage came to A&O camp...

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Jul 20, 2011 - 18 days until Camp!

We had another meeting tonight to get ready for camp. This time the meeting was with the group of people that will be the co-host for the time we are at camp. I didn't have a translator with me this time but I did understand some of the general things they discussed and of course they would speak in english if they needed me to provide feedback. It is nice to just be able to listen and try to pick up words sometimes instead of relying on a translator. I also had a russian lesson from Dima and now know how to say "Give me my cup." I will...

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Jul 19, 2011 - All Settled In

So today was my day to sleep in and then get settled into Dnepro. By 7:45am I was already wide awake and ready to go. I took the mashuka to Dafi to get shampoo and other products I didn't pack because it would make my suitcase too heavy. It wasn't too hard to pick out the shampoo and stuff because they have american brands here. It was difficult though to understand the description of each product. So I am not sure if my shampoo is for straight, curly, or some other type of hair but I do know it is shampoo :-) I am hoping that my body...

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Jul 18, 2011 - I MADE IT!!!

I made it safe to Ukraine! The flights went by extremely fast since I spent most of the time sleeping. I arrive in Ukraine at 2:00pm their time, 7:00am our time. It took no time to jump right in. I came straight to Alpha and Omega to visit and register for camp. Later tonight I will sit in on a small leadership meeting. It will be wonderful to hear what new things are happening at A&O!!! Please keep praying that God uses me in whatever ways he wants.

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Jul 18, 2011 - Leadership Meeting

It was so wonderful to get to see some of the Alpha and Omega leaders tonight. Things picked up like I have been here the whole time instead of being in Maryland since last August. While everyone is discussing what is going on, different people just jump in and tell me in English what others are saying. There is such an amazing sense of family when working with the A&O people. After hearing some of the ideas for camp, I am even more excited than I was! I am praying that a lot of orphans are able to be sponsored to come to camp this year...

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