Last week , we spent three days with the Ukraine Orphan's Promise staff. We followed up our trauma work from last year, focusing on teens and trauma and also training the group how to conduct Nurture groups, a focus of the work of Dr. Karyn Purvis. So much learning amidst so much fun!
Here are a few shorts videos of our time there.
An amazing group of young men serving the gypsy villages in western Ukraine really embraced the nurture groups. It was so much fun to see them use their creativity to teach new skills. These men work in very difficult situations, extreme, extreme poverty and deprivation. We saw pictures of their work - before and after. When the light of Christ comes in, dark places become places of Light.
Here is a short video of them teaching the nurture group rules: stick together, no hurts, have fun!
The Power of Yes and Connections Enhance Relationships
Trust based relationship principles, the power of saying yes and simply making connections are two powerful principles. Two young people shared their stories on the third day of training after they learned these concepts.
"Every night when I get home from work, my younger brother, who is 13, always asks me to use the computer. always say no, because I don't want to get up and put in the password or even give him the password. Tonight, after the training, he asked me the same question again when I got home. Tonight I said yes, got up and put in the password. He spent about 30 minutes on it and then turned to talk to me. This was the first time in a very long time we had a meaningful conversation. It all happened because of the power of yes!"
Andrei's story -
"I have a 14 year old brother who has pretty much shut me out. Won't talk to me, just kind of mumbles. I always thought it was his responsibility to initiate the conversation. After the training the day, I realized it was mine to connect. So last night, when I got home, I had making a connection with my brother as a priority. I sat down, started asking him about his day, his friends, school, etc....He opened up to me and we talked for over an hour. "
We just love these stories and there were many more. It is Wednesday afternoon here in Armenia and we leave very early in the morning (4:30 am flight) for Poland. We will have pictures of the beautiful people of Armenia over the weekend. Thank you for your interest and prayer support.