Training in Kyiv
Last weekend our staff, volunteers, mentors, and houseparents traveled to Kyiv for training in working with kids of all ages, specifically for mentors.
One Hope provided professional speakers, a beautiful hotel, and delicious meals for us! Topics that were covered in the two short days included how to best help the children still in orphanages, how we can identify the need when we see the expression of the need in the children with whom we work, how important it is to let them know they are precious to us now as they are, not just for who they can be someday.
One of the speakers also had a Q&A covering how to help children face the past and find healing, and steps to take when the child we’re mentoring has thoughts of suicide. The speakers were excellent and we were blessed.
Besides being educational, we spent time bowling and playing pool together. It’s so easy sometimes to get so caught up in work or ministry, we don’t have a chance to sit down beside someone and get to know them or what’s going on in their heart. This weekend provided a great opportunity for just that. We all returned refreshed!