Last month we held our second Night to Shine prom for people with special needs. Our hope was this year’s event would be even bigger. We had 75 guests last year, and this year we had 90! We were excited to have many new attendees. One child who was too young for last year’s ball, cried when he saw all the photos online and he couldn’t be there. This year, when he received his invitation, he was smiling from ear to ear. The night was full of good food, red carpets, limo rides, dancing, talent, and so much more.
The best part of our evening, is when every guest was crowned the king or queen of the ball, because that is how God sees them each and every day. Through Christ we are all heirs to God’s kingdom. The crowning ceremony involved a big confetti drop and lots of smiles and hugs!
Probably, the most exciting story from our Night to Shine event involved a group who came for the first time. As we looked to invite more people this year we reached out to the school for the hearing impaired in Bila Tserva. Ten students from the school joined us at our ball. They had an amazing time and they told us it was a night like none other. Following the ball we visited the school, to find out that it really wasn’t a school, but more of an orphanage/boarding school for children with hearing impairments. Many of the kids live at the school year round, some get to go be with their families on weekends, some only during the summer, some don’t have families to visit.
Since in January we had the opporunity to take children from the Boy’s Oprhanage to the waterpark in Kiev, we thought why don’t we take the kids from the deaf orphanage on a trip as well.
We had a blast at the waterpark. We enjoyed many different water slides, but nothing topped our one hour game of tag in the wave pool with the kids. It was the first time at the waterpark for these children, and their eyes lit up seeing all the slides and pools and decorations. When they got home, they were writing on Facebook, that it was a day like none other! Of course, no trip to Kiev would by complete without stopping at McDonald’s!
We’ve been so blessed to get to know these children. I look forward to spending more time with them. We’re even hoping for the possiblity of doind a VBS in the summer with some of these kids. We’re always excited to see God opening new doors for ministry. Please be praying for these children, for God continued blessing on our outreach, and for all the ministry of God’s Hidden Treasures.