The College Student Mission Trip to aid orphanages in Ukraine, is a
ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. We hope to
bring aid and comfort to special needs orphans and orphanages in a
country that currently does not have the means to do so. By our
actions, we hope to show the face of Christ to these children, their
caregivers, their administrators, our host families and all we come in
contact with and by doing so reaffirm the Holy Orthodox Faith
amongst the people of Ukraine. We pray that by offering daily prayer
services, as well as our love and works, that we will bring not only
ourselves but all involved closer to Christ our God. This mission is also
devised to provide young adults with the opportunity to deepen and
learn about their faith through true Christian witness, pilgrimage,
fellowship, and love.
Eight college aged young adults are chosen from a pool of applicants to compose the
Mission Team. The Team Members are led by a Spiritual Team Leader and a Lay
Community Team Leader. They meet with the CCRF Staff in Ukraine who also
accompany the Team to the orphanages.
While on site, the Team spends time with the children playing educational games,
conducting a “special olympics’ type program, helping during meals and physical
therapy, singing, performing short plays and special projects such as the 2004 Team
teaching the children basic gardening skills. The activities are tailored to fit with
children who have multiple disabilities such as: leukemia, physical deformity, Downs’
Syndrome, and mental disability to name a few.
The team also helps with physical improvements to the facilities such as spackling
walls, painting, repairs to furniture and wooden structures, and whatever may be
needed at the time of trip.
The Team Members are responsible for raising the funds for their trip. Any funds that
they raise above what is needed for the cost of the trip becomes the Team’s
donation to the orphanage.
While in Ukraine, the Team is given the opportunity to visit historic sites such as the
Pochaiv Monastery, Percheska Lavra Monastery,
St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Kociv Market and tour the major cities of Lviv and Kyiv.
The trip lasts for 16 days, which includes a day for orientation and a day for
debriefing in South Bound Brook, NJ.
2012 Team Returns for Successful Trip!
Announcing 2013 Trip to take place May 31 - June 16,
Follow the new 2013 team on our Facebook page