Monday, April 22, 2013

Ukrainian Team

A team from Vinnytsia in the Ukraine almost 2 weeks ago. The idea was to spend 6 weeks here, but due to restrictions on the length of stay allowed to Ukrainians, they will have to already leave next week... It has been so great to have them here, and I am sad to see them leave earlier than planned. But that is what happens sometimes...

I have been waiting to write this blog post until I have a photo of them all, but I keep forgetting to take one, and so you will have to wait to see their pretty faces!

Besides helping to run English Conversation Classes (which have been very popular - over 20 people coming along to them) and helping wherever they can in our various ministries, we have also spent time at the Children's Home. For our regular Book Club night they took some puppets and "sang" along with the kids to some Serbian kids songs (which they played off a computer). Ingenious! The kids loved it. Puppets are always a hit!
We also went on the weekend to play with the kids, and had such a great time  - one of the kids asked as we were leaving "are you coming again?" and when I said yes, he went "YAY"! Proof that we did a good job! The kids especially enjoyed teaching the team to say things in Serbian. Including getting one of the guys to say "Kiss me Belinda" - I played along and gave him a kiss on the cheek. No ideas, people! 

As there are two English people on the team, they also ran a great English cultural night at EKC
"Ihtus" on Friday - about 50 people came along to the evening, and enjoyed the lovely scones and cucumber sandwiches. And the pub quiz which was greatly contested and won by our Finnish contingent - no it wasn't rigged! This Friday they will run a Ukrainian culture night, which I am really looking forward to!

Here are some pics from last Friday night during the pub the British flags!

We will be carrying on with English classes and also visiting the Home again a couple of times before they leave to go to Croatia to carry on with their outreach there. And not just me, but many people in Banja Luka will be sad to see them go!

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