Youth head to Russia |

Youth head to Russia

Five young people from Cedar Ridge are planning a trip to a summer camp with no plumbing or electricity in Russia to mentor homeless and orphaned children.

The group from Cedar Ridge Baptist Church will leave June 28 on a 15-hour plane ride before arriving in the southwestern Russian city of Ufa. The summer camp is located 20 miles outside the city in the Bashkortastan region at the base of the Ural Mountains.

There the group will spend two weeks with 100 or so children 7 to 12 years old who are orphaned, homeless or from broken homes. They will lead craft projects, teach Bible lessons and give the youth hope, said Associate Pastor Dan Thibault.

The effort is being organized by a coalition of churches in Northern California to adopt a region in Russia to assist Baptist churches there and send funding for orphanages and drug rehabilitation.

The Cedar Ridge youth raised $3,200 each for their trip through a series of rummage sales and dinners. They have been learning the Russian language using computer software.

“I’m looking forward to ministering to them and want to show them there’s hope … I hope that it changes their life,” said Kelsey Nootbaar, 18. This is her second mission trip: She traveled to Jamaica last year.

To donate money for the Russian summer camp for orphans, call the Cedar Ridge Baptist Church at 273-7857.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion .com or call 477-4231.

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