Blacksburg United Methodist Church

Mission Team Trip to Kiev, Ukraine

July 3-12, 2020

8-10 people needed for an experience of a lifetime!


The Kiev ministry team of BUMC invites you to prayerfully consider becoming part of an 8-10-member team planning to visit our partner church, the Spring of Life UMC and the Kiev UMC Center in Kiev, Ukraine in early July 2020. Isaiah 6:8, says “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!” Is God calling you to go be a witness for him in Kiev? It is truly a privilege of our time to travel to a distant part of the globe and know firsthand the expanse of God’s great family, especially in a country like Ukraine where persons suffered such great oppression under Communism and still struggle yet today. This is an opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ in a land where people are still suffering from the lack of things, we take for granted. You will be demonstrating Christian love to children of families who do not attend church. Activities will focus on; helping with their annual children’s camp, and relationship building with members of the Spring of Life UMC in Kiev.  


You will meet Pastor Rev. Vladimir Kabyriko and his wife Mila, UMC Missionary John Calhoun, and Pavel and Oksana Osipenko, leaders of the Kiev Mission Center which ministers to the nearby families at risk. We will participate in worship with this 40+ congregation on Saturday, help them with their children’s camp, visit in homes to share friendship, faith and food, and experience their mission outreach to various ministries. Based on past team experiences we can assure you that God will be with us each step of this journey, and team members will be truly blessed, perhaps in a life-changing manner.



Karen Kline, who has previously been to Kiev, has agreed to lead this team. We tentatively plan to be gone to Kiev a little over a week, probably from July 3 to 12. While in Kiev, we will also have “days of encounter” to help learn about the Ukrainian culture, including a tour of this beautiful city. The cost will be around $2000/person, which includes everything except personal shopping (unique Ukrainian items). There will be scholarship funds available for those who cannot afford all this amount. There will be several fund-raising events, plus several team meetings to help prepare for the trip.


There will be a “show and tell” meeting on Thursday, November 21st. at 5:30pm in the BUMC Conference room, for persons to learn more about this opportunity, and to answer questions. 

We will share pizza and more. Please be in touch with Luke Williams in the office or Dick Arnold (230-5550), Minnis Ridenour, (357-0833) or Karen Kline (230-8841), to let us know you plan to attend. 


In Christ,

BUMC Kiev ministry team