Saturday, March 10, 2012

And Were Off On A Mission To Ukraine!

Dear Friends & Family,

As you know reaching out to the forgotten, neglected or lost youth is near and dear to our hearts.  We love serving with the youth here at the local skatepark and reaching and ministering to them but we also know God has called us much further out and that is to serve and love the orphans of Ukraine.

We are so so blessed that our son, Kolya would want to take this awesome leap of faith and return to the country he left to start a new life and go back into what was once his life and minister to these children.  He is chomping at the bit to go back to Ukraine to help the orphaned children with me, so it time!

Kolya and I will be heading to Yevpatoriya in Crimea to be joining a ministry team with NLM (New Life Ministries) July 30th to August 14th, 2012.  On this mission trip we will be working with orphans and local children that live with their families in the poorer villages.  The age group we will be working with is 10 to 14 years old.  Remember the good old days of CHRISTIAN CAMP?  This is what we will be doing!  We will be digging into the word of God with these children at a deeper level, explaining it more thoroughly.  We will work with the children on memory verses and even homework.  Yes we will do homework.  We will have skits (drama) to give the children a deeper physical understanding of bible stories.  The team will lead small groups to get to know the children better individually.  And free time to have more one on one time with these children in hopes they will feel free to open up more.  And of course LOVE ON THEM, LOVE ON THEM and LOVE ON THEM!

We ask that you would pray for Kolya and I, the staff (leadership) and the children on this mission trip.  Our prayers for this trip is that God would use Kolya and I in any way he needs us.  That he would put us specifically where he needs us at any given time.  That we would be a light and reflection of him in everything we do.  That Kolya returning to his home country his heart would be protected and he would continue to have the same drive and passion he has now to return there so badly to share Christ with these children.  That God would grow both of us spiritually and have a deeper more intimate relationship with Christ.  For the wisdom and guidance of the leaders of the camp that Christ will speak through them to reach into these childrens and our lives.  For the children that they be willing to come with open hearts to learn Gods word and be loved on.  For the stubborn ones that are closed that God will use whomever he calls to help reach into their closed hearts and minds so that they may find him.  For the protection of our "Camp".  Serving with orphans I have seen Satan at work more then ever.  We have recently experienced this by Sergiy not returning home with us that there is nothing Satan will not do to destroy and orphans chance of hope, life, love and knowing Christ.   I ask for your prayer in our "Camp" meaning the whole entire camp and ministry that we are all protected under Gods umbrella to reach into these childrens lives.  Prayer that there is no division with any families serving together on this mission trip, division with the leadership, division with the kids, staff and volunteers.  THAT THERE IS NO DIVISION PERIOD!  Prayer for the heath and safety travels of the team.  All of these children have a different story, but there is one fact that remains......they are Gods precious chosen children.  They are His! 

We are in need of raising $5150.00 for both of us to go to Ukraine on this mission trip.  We have seen God make the impossible seem possible and we are excited for Kolya to witness this as we put our trust in the Lord to not only meet our financial needs but the needs of this specific mission.  Oh how I love seeing God at work!  

All donations are tax deductible.  If you would prayerfully consider helping support us financially all checks can be made out to NLM (New Life Ministries).  I have been asked to have all checks mailed to my home address so when all funds are raised I can send it all in at one time to the ministry.  Please see below my home address.  Or you can donate through paypal to my email at  Please know that should you donate through paypal it will go directly to Kolya and I and not through the ministry for tax purposes.

If you would like to read and learn more about NLM the ministry we will be serving with please visit:

There is nothing more precious to me as a mother to be able serve my Lord and Savior with my awesome son, Kolya he has blessed us with. Amen to that!

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

In Jesus,
Nicole & Kolya

DONATION Thank You's!
Brian and Melissa Macy

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