News and Events
This year Ukraine celebrated its 30th anniversary of independence and we are so blessed to be working in Ukraine for 29 years. Ukraine has gone through years of struggles and two revolutions. Ukraine has changed a lot and is today one of the most open countries in the world for ministry. Bible classes are held in schools, orphanages and work places. This is almost unthinkable in US today. When we started the ministry, many orphanages had 250- 400 kids, today most of orphanages have 60-80 children. The numbers of foster families and family homes are growing and, thank God, there are a lot fewer kids in orphanages. The country still struggles economically and the war in the East is still going on but the people of Ukraine love their God and their country. Because of the ongoing pandemic we have not had summer camps in the orphanages. Instead God has used this time to expand our foster family camps program, which so many families really need. God is calling more and more people in Ukraine to minister to orphans and to take them into their homes, and Little Lambs wants to stand alongside these brave Christian families who are answering this call.
After the camps our team went back to help. They tried hard to find space for the bathroom and furnace but no matter how hard they tried, there was not enough space in the storage/hallway room. We decided to build an addition. Half of it would be the boiler room and the other half would be the bathroom, big enough for a family. So we put a foundation in and made preparations for the new addition and the septic tank. The third trip included building the walls and roof. It took two more trips to get the bathroom in ready condition. It turned out to be a much bigger project than we thought and we spent almost twice as much as planned, but we are very happy that the family now has a nice bedroom for the girls and a new bathroom. Thank you to everyone who helped, and if you would like to help this family we still are in need of $3,000. Thank you for your love for the families who are reaching out to orphans in Ukraine!
A year ago just before Christmas, God had called Alexander and Natasha Baranov not just to help some orphans in their village, but to open their home for five children who lost their parents. The Baranovs live in a village home without indoor plumbing, like many of the villagers in Ukraine. The government chose to overlook the plumbing problems and allowed them to take the children home. When we told you their story, many of you responded and wanted to help. This past spring our team went to help and this was the situation:
The three new girls lived in the storage/hallway room that was supposed to become the bathroom. In order to do that we needed to move the girls into the room that had a dirt floor and no heat. We decided to fix it up and make them a nice bedroom first and then work on the bathroom. They moved from dirt floor to heated floor. We are very excited for the girls' new bedroom!
The pandemic has affected the orphans’ lives much more then we can imagine. Even without the lockdown most of the orphans feel alone, neglected and forgotten. It is much worse for them during the pandemic. We need to bring the message of Jesus, Prince of Peace and Father to the fatherless, to them. Many of the graduates who we worked with for many years, already know Jesus, and they keep in touch with our volunteers: real ministry happening online and on the phone! Many of them need reassurance that they are not forgotten. Please remember the orphans in your prayers during this season. As crime, abuse, and suicide is on the rise, please ask God to be their Father and Protector.
Little Lambs Family Camps for Foster and Adoptive Families
Many foster families in Ukraine often feel alone in their ministries and don’t receive much support or encouragement from society, church, or even their family. Many people still feel that orphans are bad kids and are wards of society. We want to help these families to have a place where they can get together with other families and share their struggles and their blessings. But more than that we want the parents to relax, read, pray, and recharge, while the kids have a fun camp program.
Everyday life... stress... emotional and professional burnout, not a simple transitional age of children, quarantine, which also forced me to be a teacher at home for my children. All this is very debilitating and undermines our health as foster parents. In the spring I was taken to the hospital with a bleeding ulcer. The doctors said that all stress and anxiety must be removed, because they are the main cause of this disease. But it is not always possible to control emotions and sometimes it is very difficult to keep balance. You understand that sometimes it can be difficult to love and endure... No; we are not complaining... We understand that this ministry is our life. We decided to give shelter and home to five orphans in our house and we carry this ministry with gratitude to God and do not regret anything!
And in the midst of all this, God gives a vision to volunteers and those who donate money to Little Lambs to create an oasis in the midst of the hot desert days for parents who are raising orphans. Excellent idea for a family camp! Glory to God for His children who ministered to us throughout this week! We really felt love and care. I really rested... and even more, we, like Mary, gathered around the Word of God and drank Living Water, quenched spiritual thirst and had fellowship with other foster parents. We heard so many testimonies from the parents about the mercy of God and about God's unusual care during trials. It inspires and gives us strength to go further. Lord, thank You for raising our hands and giving us strength to move on. At the end of the race, I looked at my children in a new way and felt a new wave of love for them... We have such good kids... I want to serve them and put the correct Biblical values in them so that they would be God's sons and daughters - this is my biggest dream and prayer.
Friends, I cannot tell you how grateful we are for the atmosphere of love and acceptance. What a great parenting program, and great children's program. We, and our children are very happy! We thank the Lord that he loves us through you!!! Your team is an example of sacrifice and service. You all are just wonderful! Thank you to everyone who participated in this ministry financially, physically and spiritually. The Lord will certainly reward you. Love you!
—The Bogomaz family.
Thank you very much for the camp. This is almost the only outlet in our life, when for a whole week (not 2-3 hours) we would be alone, just husband and wife without children, but in fellowship with God's children. In the conditions of quarantine, we really needed it. During the entire time, we felt God's presence and constant care for us parents. This does not happen anywhere else! We are very grateful to everyone! I would like to add that the camp had a very good influence on our children. They really liked it and now they don't even want to go to a secular camp! Even Vlada, who is with us quite recently (she is 14 years old), and now says that she never had a better camp!!! Thank you!
—Vitaly and Tanya Kushnarev
Dear brothers and sisters, we are the Shakirov family. We want to express our deep gratitude to everyone who organized, participated and served us in the family camp. This is a great blessing of God for our family; we rested physically and emotionally, and felt love and care in full measure. The children were also inspired and very happy. We had a rest with the whole family for the first time in many years. Family camp is an excellent recharge and renewal of spiritual strength in order to go further and serve the Lord with even greater zeal. Thanks be to God and many thanks to all the organizers. Be blessed and may our Father reward you a hundredfold for your labors. Amen!
—Evgeny and Marina Shakirov
Our family expresses thanks to Strumok and Little Lambs Ministry for organizing our family vacation. The Lord through you has been renewing and healing us spiritually, physically, and emotionally. It was important to feel supported and share experiences with the other foster families. It was a great blessing for us to study the Word of God together with the pastor. We are grateful for the morning wellness workouts. We are grateful for the delicious food and cozy atmosphere. And especially for the fact that our children rested with us. It was an interesting program for them, and they loved it! Thank you for this time to recharge, to look back and examine our path, to see God's inexhaustible grace, to make sure we are heading in the right direction, and to build strength to take the next steps. Thank God for your ministry.
— Sergei and Anna Slad
Hello cool team (Strumok & Llittle Lambs)!!! We thank God for introducing us to you, and for giving us the opportunity to feel that we are not alone - that there are those who want to help, encourage, and listen. In the camp we had the opportunity to relax, make new friends (for which we are very grateful to the Lord!), hear people's testimonies, rejoice and cry. We came to the conclusion that we made the right decision by adopting an orphan in our home! You have inspired us to raise our hands in prayer and move forward! It was an incredible adventure for our children. We sincerely thank you for taking care of them!! We are especially grateful to the chefs who cooked for us and our children! Thanks to the leaders and all the staff!!! We sincerely thank the pastor who instructed us! Thanks for his wonderful songs! Be blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ!!! May the Lord bless each of you and your families!!! Be like trees planted by the water! We appreciate your extraordinary work, and we hug everyone!
—The Ignatenkiv family.
We are very grateful to Strumok/Little Lambs for a great stay in the village of Shcherbinovka, Cherkasy region!! It was a very valuable time for our family to recuperate, adjust inner peace, and analyze our relationship with God. We also thank the entire team dedicated to people, who have served us with love. We thank the team that ministered to the children, thus letting us not worry about the children. Thanks to those who cooked and worried about our comfort. I would like to especially note the easy family-like atmosphere, the fellowship, and the encouraging testimonies. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
—Max and Tanya Zhylyn
Our family is very grateful for such a wonderful camp, where you can relax in body and soul, as well as nourish yourself spiritually and share your experiences. After the camp, we were strengthened spiritually, and gained strength to move on. Thank you very much to the organizers for your work and diligence. May God bless everyone abundantly.
—Sergey and Tanya Gorichi
If you are looking for something meaningful to do with your summer, we invite you to come join us! Check back soon for more news about future summer camps.
Summer camps are usually two weeks, spent in an orphanage with the orphans. We need people, young and old, who can travel to Ukraine and share the Love of Christ with children that have been abandoned. We will be working hand in hand with our local Ukrainian brothers and sisters, as this is a real team effort.
Please pray and ask God how you can help.
Interested in what the camp experiences look like, including life-changing testimonials? Check out our Newsletter page!
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