During the month of July, 10 people from RUC travelled to Ukraine to teach English and minister to over 200 people at two evangelistic camps with our missionaries, the Naydenovs. Here is some feedback from a few of us who had the privilege of going.

“This has been the most amazing time for me. I came here to teach and share the gospel yet my faith just grew here and I have so much joy. The people are just amazing. God is doing such amazing things in these people’s lives. God has given me such a deep love for the Ukrainians.” Tracy Naidoo

“God has given me a desperate need to minister to the youth of Ukraine. I don’t want to come back on Monday. God has taught me that showing genuine affection in the smallest of ways reflects him to thirsty souls. He is the Lord of all nations. Five campers came to know the Lord yesterday. We rejoice in the Lord for them. Please continue to pray for them and for those who aren’t saved for God to lead them to him.” Lerato Chaba

“My favourite day was yesterday when some campers accepted Jesus. I was apprehensive the whole week and this changed me completely. I had a great time.” Thembi Sishi

“What a privilege to be used by God in the lives of Ukrainians. The Lord provided for our family to be able to go to a foreign land and culture. By his strength he enabled us to adjust to the challenges and for each one of us to be used to impact lives for eternity. The Ukrainians welcomed us, loved us and showed us generosity. We had some really deep opportunities to share our lives with others. I come back deeply humbled and with a very different perspective on myself and my own country.”
Justin Tamlin

“I loved meeting new people in Ukraine. I liked teaching them English, especially reading the stories to the children. I also liked telling them about Jesus. My favourite time at camp was doing the crafts in the afternoons. I also liked finding jellyfish with Olivia in the Black Sea.”
Summer Tamlin, 9 years old

“It was really awesome to be in Ukraine. I enjoyed the water games and splashing all my new friends. The African tea party was really fun, especially when the Ukrainians made themselves up with African face paints – some of them really went overboard!” Amber Tamlin, 12 years old

“Being on the Ukraine Missions trip was a fantastic way to serve in another culture (which was very challenging to get used to at first) and to serve the team that accompanied us. I was reminded again about how easy it is to share God’s word when relational ministry is the focus. Too often amongst all our planning, agendas and ideas we lose focus of relationships and allowing the Holy Spirit to work. Besides the language camp, spending quality time with our missionaries was a real highlight for me.” Liesl Tamlin