HOPE FOR MOLDOVA
What do you remember about your carefree days of summer camp? Was it the lively games,the new friendships or a favourite camp counsellor? For many of us, summer camp was a special time filled with fun experiences and wonderful people.
But for children growing up in Moldova, the poorest nation in Europe, too many kids are missing out on a loving and safe childhood. Moldova is the source for the largest numbers of young women lured abroad into human trafficking rings. 1 in 2 children growing up as orphans will not live to see their 20th birthday. Without hope, Moldova is a nation of despair. Young Sasha planned to commit suicide the week before arriving at summer camp.
He blamed himself when he'd stood by helplessly as his older brother, a drug addict, leapt to his death. Already living in guilt and grief, Sasha's alcoholic father made him feel even worse. Just when Sasha was ready to end his life, a young Christian leader from School Without Walls invited him to a summer Bible camp. Sasha discovered God's love and his infinite worth in God's eyes. Young Sasha returned home, filled with a new joy and HOPE. The next summer, Sasha invited 11 new friends to summer camp, and these young men have found a caring community in their local church.
Compelled to bring HOPE to these forgotten children, we're partnering with Mission Eurasia and Schools Without Walls to share God's love with at-risk youth at fun-filled summer camps—packed with sports, dance, drama, team activities, education about the dangers human trafficking...and best of all, sharing the gospel and giving each youth their own copy of God's Word.
Studies show that just one week at summer camp is a powerfully positive experience, especially for youth most at-risk.
A safe and caring community creates meaningful opportunities for youth to take positive risks (like making new friends and trying extreme sports) that can decrease negative risk taking at home (like drugs and unhealthy relationships). The camp environment fosters imagination, self-exploration, relationship-building, leadership development, responsibility—qualities that help build a successful nation.
This summer, you can impact the life of a young man or woman like Sasha who is
struggling to grow up in a hopeless nation. GIVE today so the youth in Moldova can RECEIVE God's Word—the Good News of the gospel! Together, let's REBUILD a nation, founded on the GOSPEL!