Next generation reaching Ukrainian youth

By August 17, 2004

Ukraine (MNN) — It’s a dream come true for the Vice President of Russian Ministries, Sergey Rakhuba. He’s a Ukrainian born member of the Russian Ministries team. This summer he was able to see his 16-year-old daughter, Geni, sharing the Gospel with children at a camp that once was home to a communist pioneer youth camp.

“I’m so proud to see my children, especially with Geni, who spent that much time with 200 kids, to tell these children about Jesus. Think what will happen. These children, they all go home, they bring that little book, ‘The Story of Jesus’ and then will ask their parents to read it to them,” says Rakhuba. He says as they begin asking questions, many parents will eventually start attending church. That’s when the parents begin hearing the Gospel.

Rakhuba’s daughter Geni says, “It makes you feel happy when you know that you shared God’s love with someone and they know who He is.”

She says the camps were typical of any camp in the U-S except that the children were so needy. Geni says, “They’re children from not very wealthy families. They’re from little towns. Their parents aren’t all that spiritual either. They might be into alcohol and drugs and stuff like that and they are looking for love and affection.”

She says that makes it easier to talk about Christ. She says many young people made professions of faith during an invitation. “About 25 kids came up. Not just little kids, big kids, 14-year olds…kids that already understand what it is. They just came up and asked God to forgive their sins and they accepted Christ as their personal savior.”

Geni is encouraging young people in the United States to participate in camping ministry overseas. She says it’s something that can not only change your life, but could make an eternal difference in those you’re serving.

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