For many years, MPI has facilitated and organized teams of people from North America to travel overseas on short term mission trips. These teams do everything from helping to renovate buildings to working with orphaned children to giving personal and home care to seniors with the mercy ministry. There is no better way for our donors and partners in Canada to understand the people in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus than to go and meet them face to face, work alongside them and create lifelong relationships.
Mission Team Reports – 2011
Staff Mission Trip Report – September 2011:
In September Ron and Heather were blessed to spend some time in Minsk and Kiev. We landed in Minsk and went straight to an end of year rally with Andrei Shaitar and the youth that had been to Camp Hutorok this past summer. The enthuiasm of these young people was inspiring and soon we were caught up in their singing and cheering as they saw themselves in the various videos from the camps.
The next day we spent the day at Camp Hutorok. We saw the new showers and sauna facilities that MPI had paid for. All the volunteer workers were there and we had a wonderful day of fellowship ending with a BBQ. It was great to see the improvements to the camp and how everyone had pulled together over the summer to make improvements to the grounds and give the campers a wonderful camping experience.
Then we were off to Kiev and a busy schedule of meetings, services and purchasing supplies, culminating with MPI’s 20th anniversary celebration. As we do each quarter, we went to a big grocery store with Dr Irina to purchase three months worth of groceries and cleaning supplies for the Seniors Respite Home. We also purchased a new freezer for the home so they can keep more meat on hand and also preserve the fruits and vegetables they grow on the property.
There is a brand new children’s outreach after school prorgam starting at Christian Hope Church and we were pleased to be able to provide some of the supplies they needed for the various aspects of this outreach. They hope to reach poor and needy children in the community as well as their own church kids with a variety of interesting classes such as pottery, learning English, knitting, choir and art classes.
The culmination of this trip was the celebration of MPI’s 20th anniversay. It was a memorable evening of music, pictures from the past, a delicious salmon dinner, and wonderful fellowship. The support of all who came to celebrate with us let us know that everything MPI has done in the past 20 years has been appreciated. It was truly a night to remember.