Sand, smiles and sunshine

Camp is over and Amanda is back in Saint Petersburg. Here is what she writes: It’s been a crazy, yet beautiful week and a half at the camp for disabled youth! It’s right on the Gulf of Finland and the beauty of God’s creation is everywhere. I was without technology the whole time and it was a beautiful thing to just be in the midst of nature without outside distractions. Living in a tent and camping for 10 days was very difficult, but God taught me so much. During the course of the camp I helped with two different kids … Continue reading

Interns: A birthday blessing!

Hello everyone! Since the last time we have talked to you a lot has been going on. We went to St. Petersburg to celebrate the cook from camps birthday. It was a beautiful birthday celebration that started off with just us and her family eating, which then turned into a seven hour meal consisting of talking and more friends from camp showing up. Last time we were with her family SunErgos blessed her with some money for her daughters medical treatment and other things that they needed. Before dinner started she showed us all the clothes she bought and made … Continue reading

SPU: God of Hope

Dearest Friends and Family, We wanted to start our last blog by thanking you for all that you have done for us. Your love and support has kept us going through the hard times. God has done incredible things on this trip but one that we wanted to share with you is how all of our prayers have been answered on this trip and we know that is hugely because of all of your support in prayer for us back home! We cannot thank you enough; you have made a huge difference here! Time has really flown by and we … Continue reading

Interns: Back in the city

We just got back from our second session of camp and feel so blessed to have been a part of something so amazing. This week we worked with a 9 year old boy with autism and he stole our hearts. We were convinced by the fifth day that we were taking him back to America with us. This week was more difficult than the last because of the weather and our boy. What a sweet boy he was, but when he would get scared or upset he would have tantrums that were very hard to control. Helping him to calm … Continue reading

SPU and Interns: Final days of camp

With only a few days left of camp, it is with joy and sadness that the team and interns are getting ready to say goodbye. It has been such joy to get to know the teens who are physically or mentally disabled. For them, life is bleak without any future. In the Russia, if you are disabled then there is no hope for you. You are an outcast in society. Locked up in an orphanage or in your own small apartment. If wheelchair bound, you cannot go anywhere since there are no ramps and elevators do not always work. Most … Continue reading