Peterfalva is a small rural village in Western Ukraine where we call home while we are living in Ukraine. We have made many wonderful memories and friends during our time living in the village over the past years. The Peterfalva Reformed High School located in the village is dear to our heart and we have enjoyed every summer for the past 11 years organizing English camps for the school during the last two weeks of the school year. Last year we also began organizing a one week English camp in the village of Nagydobrony. Nagydobrony is about an 1 1/2 drive from Peterfalva but we have many wonderful friends and contacts there as well. Here is a brief look at these two camps:
Nagydobrony, Ukraine, June 4-8: This was our second year organizing a summer camp at the Hungarian Reformed boarding school located in Nagydobrony, Ukraine. Nagydobrony is a large Hungarian minority community in Transcarpathia Ukraine. The English teacher at the school is a long-time friend of ours who I met at as student when I first came to Ukraine many years ago. We had 90 students of the Reformed boarding school attending the week-long camp. Peterfalva, Ukraine, June 10-21: The summer camp in Peterfalva is our original and longest running summer camp ministry. Peterfalva is the village where we live and the primary community that we work with. Peterfalva is also home to a Hungarian Reformed Church boarding school. Two unique aspects to both the Peterfalva and Nagydobrony camps is that all students are required to take part in an afternoon service project in their home communities. In Nagydobrony students sing, visit and lead a devotion with elderly residents of a nursing home, while in Peterfalva students take part in an outreach to Roma children in a local Roma camp, and visit elderly and widows in their homes. We welcomed a team from Redeemer OPC in Ada, Michigan for the Peterfalva Camp. It was a pleasure to partner with Redeemer OPC and in particular the team that came; they were a rich blessing for us and for the students of Peterfalva.