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 In Laurence Sterne’s book “A Sentimental Journey” Sterne writes “There are all kinds of travelers—inquisitive travelers, idle travelers, vain travelers—but the true value of travel is not in strenuous sight-seeing. It is in opening one’s heart to feeling.”

   I would be hard pressed to add to the intent of Sterne’s quote about adventurous travels. I find his words to ring true to my soul. Living in the 21st Century I have the resources that would allow me to travel the far reaches of the world, but to go to a place called Camp Gorney and open my heart to orphaned children has been the greatest reward. This summer a group of seven Americans joined forces with a Ukrainian team to minister in love and service to orphan children in Crimea, Ukraine. We planned to minister through skits, songs, and crafts to children aged from ten to seventeen. We brought lamp work beads for jewelry making and seed beads for decorating

Chris Watkins


picture frames. We spent four days tie-dying camp shirts for fun. Through all the gifts and projects we provided and completed, osmosis began to take place between the two cultures. The Americans were no longer the American team that couldn’t speak Russian, but we extended our arms with love for the children. We learned to impart the impacting message of God’s love to the residents of the camp. We felt God’s miraculous interceding on our behalf to pour out His love through our lives to each child.

   Let me share the life of one girl from the camp. She is sixteen years old and has a bubbly personality. Three years ago the authorities discovered that she was living in an apartment by herself. Her mother had been sent to prison and she had been living alone for about one year. She has a dream of designing clothes and loves to sew. I think if her circumstances were different she probably could see her dreams come true. She has real talent. One morning I noticed that she was looking forlorn and I went to her to find out what was bothering her. As I sat down by her the tears began to flow from her brown eyes. Instinctively I put my arm around her as she buried her head on my chest. She had a good cry and without any words I was able to understand that this was the broken heart of “first love.”

   My heart breaks for all the tender moments that the children of Camp Gorney miss because there is not a mom or dad to put their arm around them and tell them that it will be all right. Psalms 68:5 states that He is a “father to the fatherless…” My Bible notes, “the protection and care that one receives in a family is so essential to human life that God says He will personally intervene on behalf of orphans who lose the normal protection of a father.”

   I am eternally grateful to God that He has given me the opportunity to go beyond my comfort zone and be placed in another culture, other children’s lives; for His purpose and glory.  

Summer 2005