AGTS Student Judi Ballweber Comments
On Her Experience Studying in Kiev, Ukraine
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Life | Practicum | Food
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Medical Missions Exploration | Why Ukraine?
Kiev has about 20,000 street kids who have been abandoned or orphaned. Many of them
live in the sewers and struggle to survive as they suffer daily. While I was in church
one morning a young boy sat next to me could not sit still. With a headache and feeling
irritable, I found myself hoping that his mom would encourage him to be
a bit more settled. That morning our featured speakers were ministers to street kids.
As one man stood up to speak, the boy next to me was suddenly riveted with absolute
attention. There was his face on the slides being shown. He was a boy, about 8 years
old, who had been rescued and now has a changed life. Sitting there with tears in my
eyes and a heart crying to God for this boy, I repented for my attitude. These children
are being placed in long-term homes where they can be resocialized and given
the necessary tools for surviving productively with Jesus in their hearts.
Thursday, August 7, 2003 2:06 PM