Through our exciting, fast paced, fun, Gospel themed puppet show, you will get to use your spiritual gifting to share the message of Jesus death and resurrection with children and adults in Ukrainian villages.

Dates Saturday, 09 April 2022 – Sunday, 01 May 2022
Apply by Friday 04 February 2022
Cost £645 (excluding flights, insurance & any possible vaccinations)
Ages 18+ Unless going as part of a family - see notes below
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Ministry Details

You will travel to a different Ukrainian village each day and participate in the puppet show. You will assist in setting up all of the equipment, have a role in the puppet show, and have an opportunity to share your spiritual gifting with the children and adults present. All training required for operating the puppets is provided. You do not need to have previous experience. We sing songs, play games and share the message of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Be prepared for a very active and fast paced day.

Participant Profile

All ages are welcome to attend this ministry, although the puppet show will require participants to be on their knees and in a crouched position for up to half an hour. There is also a fair amount of lifting and carrying equipment, as well as set up of that equipment, and various supplies necessary for the puppet show. We love to have people with various talents - musical talent, artistic talent and athletic ability. You do not need to speak Russian or Ukrainian in order to participate in this ministry.

Accommodation

You will be housed in the Vinnitsa dorm - comfortable rooms with bunk beds. Occasionally we will travel to a location that is too far to return on the same day. In that case, you will spend the night in the home of a local family. 

Food

All meals are included. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

Travel

Participants must travel to Kiev-Boryspil (KBP) or Kiev-Zhulyany (IEV). They will be met by an OM Vinnitsa team member and taken to Vinnitsa either in an OM Vehicle (groups), or by train (individuals).

Please do not book any flights unless you have received an acceptance email from the Short Term Missions team.

Health

Participants must be in good health, and be able to help lifting and carrying equipment, setting up equipment, taking it down and decorating the puppet theatre. Please be aware that you will spend a lot of time on your knees, bending and crouching over, during the puppet show. Travel on the Ukrainian roads can be hard on one's back and you might be walking a lot in the villages to where the outreaches are held. This will differ from village to village. 

Visa

British citizens do not need a visa for visiting Ukraine up to 90 days. 

Notes 

Individuals applying must be 18 or over.

Under 18s are welcome to apply but must have parental consent and be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children under 13 will be included on their parent’s application form. 13-17 year olds can apply using our shortened form for teenagers.

Price is subject to change according to the exchange rate.

As part of our Safeguarding policy, you will require a valid enhanced DBS certificate which may cost an additional £20.

Even though there will be translators, please do not expect you own personal translator. Be prepared for frustration with the language barrier and to be creative in finding ways to communicate.

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