Go on a Missions Trip
On a summer mission trip with BIEM, you will have an opportunity not only to visit the mission field, but also to help national workers. Every year, believers from the West visit the overseas ministry of BIEM. These groups are a great blessing and encouragement to our workers and the people to whom they minister. The national Christians look forward to the arrival of each group from America. If you join BIEM for two weeks in summer ministry, here are a few areas you will be participating in.
Summer Day Camps
Summer Camps provide a wonderful opportunity for children to get away from the constant troubles and fears of their everyday lives. No matter what their situation is at home, at camp they are able to have fun, play games, sing songs and listen to the Word of God. The camps that BIEM sponsors are conducted for children and youth from the areas where BIEM has started churches. Every year we have over 700 campers in multiple locations, which is about all that we can handle in terms of the workers, facilities, and projected funds. It costs about $50 to send one young person to camp.
Each day camp sets aside a time for the children to gather together and have a Bible lesson or story time. Many of these children have never heard the stories of the Bible.
This is always a favorite time for the children. Just like any other kids, they enjoy having fun and playing games.
This is an exciting activity for the children. They are very artistic and enjoy coloring, decorating, and doing just about any craft that you can plan for them.
Bible and Tract Distribution
Another opportunity that you might have while visiting BIEM’s ministry overseas is helping pass out Bibles, New Testaments, or Gospel tracts. You will find that many people are open and receptive to any kind of spiritual literature. In some cases, this is the first time they have been presented with the Word of God.
Serving in Local Churches
While you will be working in day camps on most weekdays, on Sundays you will be able to experience worship services of local churches. Here you can provide music, share your testimony, give a devotional or short challenge, and enjoy warm fellowship with the new believers in the congregation.
When appropriate, a couple days are set aside for work days. These often involve general labor, such as cleaning up and doing yard work. This is a great blessing to local churches that want to maintain their church buildings and the grounds around them. Sometimes a work day consists of unloading a container of humanitarian aid shipped a few months earlier from the states.
Exploring the Country
There are days and evenings set aside to visit some of the most beautiful sites of Eastern Europe. While Ukraine has its share of the thoroughly modern, places like its capital, Kyiv, is replete with Byzantine and Baroque architecture and art – reminders of the many foreign overlords who have left their mark on the country. Nearly every city has its centuries-old cathedral, and some have open-air museums of folk architecture, caves stuffed with mummified monks, and exquisite mosaics. There are also plenty of vendors ready to sell you souvenirs and gifts to bring home for friends and family.
How can I help with Summer Camps?
If you feel the Lord leading you to participate in our summer camping ministry, please contact us for an application or any questions. The dates are usually in the month of June, and the estimated cost for two weeks is around $1800-$2000. Please contact our office for more information.