HOPE stands for Helping Others Practice English. It has been a part of the ministries at Livoberezhna church for 2 years. A main part of our internship here in Kyiv has been working with these groups. The basic format of the groups are as follows. Each Saturday we invite people to the UEC for a Bible lesson. In the past Monica Moreland, the missionary at Livoberezhna has taught the lessons. Starting last fall, Cary Daniel and I took on the responsibility. It is a great opportunity to practice teaching. After the Bible lesson, the group divides up into three smaller groups, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced English students. Here they discuss the Bible lesson for one hour and then English instruction for one hour.
New this year is Young People’s HOPE, which Maurie teaches with the help of Lena Gaychuk, an ICU student. The young people vary in age from about 12 years old to 15 years old. Over half of the students are Christians who attend a church somewhere. Their recent project is the preparation to perform a story from Acts 16: the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment in Philippi, and the conversion of the Philippian jailer. They hope to have full costumes and sets, with a performance date set for late May 2003.
HOPE groups reaches anywhere from 60-100 people each week. Many strong Christians in our church were introduced to Christianity and the Bible during these lessons.