June 26-July 5, 2020

GRYM is headed to Kiev, Ukraine, with YoungFriends (a ministry of Let's Start Talking)!

What is YoungFriends?

Let's Start Talking sends hundreds of short-term missionaries every year to sites all over the world to spread the gospel through the offer of free English lessons.

YoungFriends is the teen branch of this ministry. It allows teens in other countries to learn English, while also having fun and meaningful interactions with Christian teens from the U.S.

Who Is Going?

This mission trip is for current 9th-12th graders of Garden Ridge Youth Ministry who are willing to share their faith and set a godly example.

The group will be led by Trane and Tamara Wyatt (with their kids tagging along), a handful of adult volunteers from Garden Ridge and most likely a representative of Let's Start Talking.

Trip Basics.

The group will fly out Friday, June 26, 2020, and arrive in Kiev sometime Saturday. Sunday begins the interactions with the local church and teens, which will take place each day, Sunday-Saturday (with one day having some sight-seeing time).

The ministry will consist of activities, small group English reading times, and Bible studies. Most of this is GRYM student-led.

The group will return Sunday, July 5, probably very late.



How to Contribute.

If you would ​like to help the participants achieve their fundraising goal, you can do that in several ways:

1 | Donate directly via LST.org

Go to LST.org and click on Donate (choose LST Worker Donation).

Search for the participant by name. On their page, you can donate any amount and leave a note of encouragement if you wish.

2 | Buy a shirt from our Custom Ink shirt sale for $20. Click here to purchase your shirt (when the sale is active).

3 | If you are local and a member of Garden Ridge church of Christ, you can post jobs on our Facebook site for the team to do for donations. To find our site, click here (or search @GRYMfundraising or "Garden Ridge Youth Ministry Mission Fundraising").

A Word about Safety.

Garden Ridge and Let's Start Talking take the safety of all participants very seriously. Garden Ridge has selected Kiev among many options partially due to information that suggests Kiev would not be particularly unstable or dangerous for U.S. citizens.

Let's Start Talking has resources within the U.S. government and with locals in each of their mission cities to monitor conditions. If there are changes in the political or social climate that would make it unsafe for groups to visit a certain site, LST will have back-up locations to send those groups to at NO further expense to the participants.

All major cities (at home and abroad) have crime as a concern. GRYM enforces policies and practices when in such places to minimize risk.

There are some parts of Ukraine and out-lying areas with specific dangers. Political unrest, demonstrations and violence are present particularly in Crimea (far south), as well as Donetsk and Luhansk (far east). These issues, however, have remained far enough removed from Kiev (north center).

For information about travel advisories, as well as tips for safe travel outside the U.S., go to this U.S. Government site.

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