Urgent Camp News

We are so saddened to announce that our summer camp had been cancelled. Unfortunately the final permission to travel was not granted by the Ukrainian officials. At this time we are working on future alternatives. We will keep you updated as we have more information.


Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve Celebration


Last night, we gathered for two special occasions. First, we continued the tradition of celebrating each of our guests birth with a big birthday bash & gifts. Each one had a very special cake. We loved getting to sing Happy Birthday 11 times in a row!

After the birthday bash, we rung in the New Year a little early w/ a huge fireworks display. New Year’s celebrations are a big thing in Ukraine, so this was a great way for us to connect over an exchange of our cultures!

There are so many people to thank for all the food, birthday cakes, and fun! We want to say a special thank you to the Phillips & Valentine families for being our hosts again this year. Thank you so much for another huge party at your camp! Also, thank you to Mike Fleener for the awesome fireworks! All we can say is WOW!

Hopefully, we will post more pictures later today, here are a few to get you started!

More shopping, movie night & a bonfire


After shopping this morning, our group spendthrift afternoon playing outdoor games like volleyball and basketball. They got to hang out with a group from Meadow Grove Baptist Church in Brandon. Then we enjoyed a meal of hot dogs, Frito Chilli pie, and orange slices. It was a wonderful meal. Thanks to the Temple ABF class, the Hernandez class. After dinner, the kids were able to watch a little Looney Tunes before heading out to the bonfire lit by “Larry, Moe, & Pyro” to make s’mores. The evening ended with a special time for Ukrainian-Americans to worship together and study with pastor Sergey and Natalie.