Three times each year, Bridges of Faith brings Ukrainian orphans to BridgeStone, our 140 acre retreat center in Central Alabama, to taste Southern culture, faith, and life. All volunteer driven, hundreds of people from across America and Ukraine work together to demonstrate His love for these kids. Though not an adoption agency, families meet the children and often invite these kids into their forever families. All involved see the Face of God. No one is ever the same again. Building on this history, Bridges of Faith prepares to, ever more aggressively, reach and disciple the orphans of Ukraine, demonstrating the Love of God in Word and Deed through camps and other outreaches in Ukraine, through transitional assistance for orphans as they transition from the orphanage to life, and through bringing children to BridgeStone.
The Ukrainian Orphan Project is the program in which Bridges of Faith International Children’s Fund revolves around. It takes $154,000 to bring two groups of ten Ukrainian orphans for four-week Christian camp experiences at BOF’s retreat facility in Alabama in the summer It covers transportation, food, lodging, interpreting services, health/travel insurance, speakers/activities, overhead, and incidental necessary expenses.
During the children’s time in Alabama, they experience Southern life and culture through camping, touring educational sites, teaching settings, and visiting homes and families. Children participate in a variety of activities such as Braves baseball games, trips to the Gulf Coast and the USS Alabama, and attending events at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. English and bible lesson are incorporated into the everyday curriculum for these children as well as a variety of games, crafts, and lessons.
The Ukrainian Orphan Project allows families to interact with kids without pressure. The incredible truth is that about half of the adoptions taking place right now are to families who did not come to BOF with adoptive intentions. BOF is not an adoption agency in any way, but as the children come and as families interact, adoptions happen!