Two MIWC-led Ukrainian youth music camps are scheduled to take place in Irpin and Ivankiv, Ukraine in July 2017.
A team of seven volunteers will lead the camps with the theme – The Family of God.
Ukraine: Irpin (July 3–7)
Irpin is an outer suburb of the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. This growing city has a very large refugee population, who have relocated from the war zone in southeastern Ukraine. Irpin is also home to one of the main Christian seminaries in the country, which was founded shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Irpin camp will be held on the grounds of a ministry complex that houses the Irpin Bible Church and a Christian Conference Center. The 2016 MIWC camp in Irpin attracted 40 students and more are anticipated for 2017.
Ukraine: Ivankiv (July 10–13)
Ivankiv is about 75 miles northwest of Kyiv and only 40 miles south of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The radiation fallout from the April 1986 tragedy there has had a very definite impact on the cities surrounding it, including increased rates of cancer, especially of the thyroid.
The substantial poverty rate and general poor health of the population are evident in Ivankiv, though the flora and fauna of the area are not as affected as communities to their north, closer to the nuclear plant site. A Ukrainian pastor and his family relocated to Ivankiv several years ago and began a tiny church plant. Their main work has been with the children of the area, as they have been greatly neglected. The church runs an after school and summer program at a local public health center. MIWC first teamed up with the pastor in summer 2016 to offer a music camp for the children in the community. More than 75 children flocked to that camp. The camp was highly evangelistic in nature as the children had little to no knowledge of God.
Ukraine: L'viv (August 2 – 14)
L'viv is located in western Ukraine. MIWC will be helping to sponsor an August camp there with the theme, Musical Marathon. Inspired by the idea that "God's love will change the world," this camp is inviting children ages 8–15 years and will share with them characters of the Bible as they participate in music lessons and performances, as well as recreation activities and hiking trips.
Georgia (July 22 – 30)
A summer music camp is also planned this year in Georgia. MIWC's Vitaliy Bolgar will lead a Ukrainian team to central Georgia for this camp.
MIWC's first camp in Georgia took place in 2012.
A year later, MIWC associates were thrilled to see many of the campers return for formal music training with the Christian Music Academy.
More information on the Georgia camp plans will be released soon.