We sometimes forget that the pandemic is, indeed, global. COVID-19 has been as active in Ukraine as it has been in the United States -- and it forced SeaStar Kids to cancel the 2020 Summer Bible Camp for the first time in the group's 10-year history.
We recognize that SeaStar Kids Camp -- in addition to teaching young Ukrainian children about God's will for them -- also fills important needs for each child. For Olena, being with other children and her beloved StarKeepers is one of her greatest joys. You will hear in the video, above, that she lives alone with her "Granny" -- having been abandoned by her mother and not knowing who her father is -- and quarantine has been especially difficult. SeaStar Kids Summer Camp, for her, is a blessing on many, many levels.
We hope you'll think of Olena when you pray for SeaStar KIds Camp -- for its return in 2021 --and especially for the team of workers that diligently seek to be God's hand and feet among these precious young souls.
SeaStar Kids is built on the old fable about the young man and the starfish. In the story, a boy sees hundreds of starfish trapped on the sand and stops to painstakingly throw each one back in the sea, one by one. An older man walking by ridicules the boy, saying he can't possibly make a difference with that many starfish -- and that he's wasting his time. The boy respectfully listens, then throws another starfish into the surf, saying, "I made a difference for that one!".
Such is the work we do with SeaStar Kids each year -- and Mykytka is a perfect example. Orphaned at a young age and now raised by an older sister, he found the love of God and many new friends at SeaStar Kids Camp. The once-withdrawn child now has new confidence and purpose. God has placed many such worthy children in our path, and we're committed to fulfilling His plan for us and for these precious children.
StarKeeper Nastia has played a purposeful role in helping Mykytka feel the love of God in his life and find new hope in the future.