Sasha’ story

"Now I see myself differently"

Summer camps in Ukraine are more important than ever.

Sasha is 14 and lives in Rivne, western Ukraine. Her mother works for the security service, and her father is in the army – on the front line. 

Sasha said, “Before I lived in Rivne, I lived in the Kherson region, in Oleshky, which is now occupied by Russians. 

“The town where I spent my childhood is flooded due to the dam explosion. I try not to think about it and don’t watch the news. Otherwise I would never have any happy days at all.”

Every day, funerals take place in town squares across Ukraine. Today in Rivne, there was a funeral of two soldiers. One of them was Maxim, who was just 25 years old when he was killed. He was a committed Christian, and his mother takes comfort in knowing she will see him again. About ten years ago, Maxim went to one of Mission Without Borders’s summer camps. 

With funerals never far away, summer camps – like the one Maxim once laughed and played at – are more important than ever in Ukraine. They are a chance for children to be carefree and joyful, to play and have friends, and maybe for a little while, to forget the horrors of war. 

Most importantly, they give children the opportunity to hear about a loving God who is close to the brokenhearted – who will always be with them, even when summer camp is over; even when the war goes on.

Liliya, the leader of the teenage girls’ group at summer camp, shared about how Sasha – who was in her group – felt that God himself gave her this time at summer camp. Liliya said, “Today, we talked and prayed with Sasha. She cried and told us she feels so happy being here at camp. It’s not because of all the fun, leisure time, and good times but because she’s finally found what she’s been looking for: peace, inner joy, and a relationship with God. 

“I suggested to the girls interested in building a life with God that we start a Bible study group after the camp. Sasha joyfully agreed. 

“I can see that the girls have many – and sometimes difficult – questions. They are looking for the answers, and I understand that I must help them find the right answers.

“One evening, we had a special time when Sasha wanted to pray personally to Jesus, but she didn’t know how. I told her not to choose words but to talk from her heart. Later, she hugged me and cried on my shoulder.”

Sahsa said, “Here I was touched by the sense that the Word of God is addressed to me personally. 

“I feel that the Bible tells the truth and I can trust it. I never imagined that I could ever have a better relationship with God. I used to pray to God once in a while, when I was in a stressful or difficult situation. Now I want to open myself up to Him, to communicate, to ask for advice, and to build my life based on His Word.”

I see myself differently.


She added, “I can’t really express it, but now I see myself differently. In some ways, I am worse than I thought I was, but in other ways, I am much better and more worthy. I understand that only God can tell me the truth about who I really am.”

The camp coordinator said, “We cannot see children’s hearts, but we have the tools to guide them. We try to provide kids with an atmosphere of true friendship, trust, and acceptance. We realise that when summer camp is over, they will be back to their usual lives. But we believe that summer camp changes lives. And yes, we believe in miracles, too.”

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