Missions opportunity for Russian speaking Christians to serve children and youth at risk in Ukraine!

Jan - Dec 2020 | Action International Ministries

Lisa with young Ukrainian children

Trip #15410

Missions opportunity for Russian speaking Christians to serve children and youth at risk in Ukraine!

Trip #15410

Lisa with young Ukrainian children

Action International Ministries

Location:

Ukraine, Eastern Europe

Dates:

Jan - Dec 2020
Lasts 3 weeks to 2 months

Activities:

Bible Studies & Small Groups, Evangelism & Discipleship, Friendship Evangelism, Internship, Missionary Support/Care,

Cost:

Approximately $1000 to $1200
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Agency: Action International Ministries
Location: Ukraine, Eastern Europe
Dates: Jan - Dec 2020
Lasts 3 weeks to 2 months
Activities: Bible Studies & Small Groups, Evangelism & Discipleship, Friendship Evangelism, Internship, Missionary Support/Care
Cost: Approximately $1000 to $1200
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
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Lisa DeGrace has worked with the most vulnerable, neglected, and abused people in Odessa, Ukraine since 2000. She and her team are involved in a ministry center. Join her and share Christ’s love!

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Lisa with elders at her church in Odessa

What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

Lisa with elders at her church in Odessa

***Special Note: Interns must be conversational or fluent in Russian for this missions opportunity***

Q & A with ACTION missionary Lisa DeGrace

1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?

Interns could help develop and lead a Vacation Bible School Program or Christian Children’s Day Club! There would also be the many opportunities to help evangelize families of children through friendship evangelism. A primary goal of the interns would be to find young, local Ukrainian ladies and mentor them to continue with the children’s program after the interns’ departure.

2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?

• Interns will learn that our first priority is our relationship with Christ because if we don’t fill up with God’s love, we can’t give it!
• Being flexible is very important because God often works through ways that we don’t expect
• Forgiveness is key to working with dysfunctional people and families. They are not constant with their unstable lives and only Love in action can help them seek God
• Never take sides when those we serve have conflicts between themselves. If there is an obvious offender always be neutral seeing the offender as Christ sees them (someone that needs to be saved so they don’t act the way they do)
• Those we minister to will respect you if you love them when they know deep down they don’t deserve your love

3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an intern serving with you?

Having a positive attitude, flexibility, an eagerness to help and serve, being a team player, keen interest in personal spiritual development, compassion for the hard to love people and children.

4. What would a typical day look like?

Plans here are often subject to change, but a new daily schedule will be made to accommodate interns. I suggest a morning devotional we would do together, preparation time for Christian Children’s Club and a children’s club outreach. Evenings would be spent developing relationships with families, attending a church service, leisure time and other preparations. Interns may also help at the ministry centre if the need arises.

5. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.

• Compassion skills while working with troubled youth and dysfunctional families
• Interns will learn to not hold a grudge and learn to set boundaries but with a gracious attitude
• Russian language skills could be improved and developed if intern is not already fluent

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Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

Lisa has been ministering with ACTION to street youth, orphans, and poor families in the city center of Odessa, Ukraine, since 2000.

Lisa and her team presently use a half basement, 3 room flat in the centre of Odessa as a Ministry Centre, called “Pyt, Istina i Zhizn” , which means, “The Way, The Truth and The Life” in Ukrainian.

The center serves as a safe, inviting place, where many street youth, young street mothers and their children, and homeless graduates of orphanages, know they can come to when they need help, whether it be for medicine and medical bills, groceries, document fees, school supplies, basic clothing needs, spiritual counseling, getting off the street, etc.

Lisa works with two Ukrainian churches in Odessa — Emmanuel church and Exodus church. Both churches endorse her ministry and support the ministry by having church members help as night staff at the Ministry Centre.

Additional Trip Information

Region:
Eastern Europe
Country:
Ukraine
Other Location Info:
Odessa, Ukraine
Participant Age:
College, Adult, Seniors
Eligible to Go:
Families, Groups [max size 6], Individuals, Married Couples
Other Financial Notes:
Depending on duration of stay.
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Mission Trip Offered By Action International Ministries

Action International Ministries (ACTION) is a global mission agency committed to sending multi-national missionaries who treasure Jesus Christ and minister His Gospel in word and deed, primarily to the poor.

Our three-prong strategy for urban ministry can be defined under three headings: evangelism, discipleship, and development.

The mission currently has over 250 missionaries (and many other team members) in 32 countries. ACTION’s prayer target is for 221 additional missionaries to join them in the vital task of world missions, for the glory of God!

Our goal is to know God and take action! (Daniel 11:32)

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