CrossRoads Ministry and Kiev
Pryvit! Zdravstvuj! That is, “Hello!” (in Ukrainian, and in Russian). My new friends in Ukraine mostly know both languages, and I tried my best to learn a few phrases, but my time there was really taken up with our shoot. I’m so grateful for the time I had helping make this film there; it was really great experience to work on this project. Its working title is “Reaching Out,” and it portrays the drama of a 15-year-old boy’s struggles with his father and getting caught up in the world of illegal drugs and violence. Once completed, the film will be used by CrossRoads (a ministry of Cru) in their Life at the CrossRoads curriculum, which trains teachers how they can make a difference in the lives of students.
Having no dialogue in the film will make it possible for it to be used in 45 countries, shown to adults of all genres, not just teachers, to demonstrate how one person can make a difference. It will also be used for recruiting, training, and with students, as they review and think about questions related to the film’s story.
It’s also exciting to hear how open Ukraine has become to CrossRoads:…the education administration is providing CrossRoads trainers with an auditorium at the Teacher’s House in the center of Kiev free of charge to conduct a Teacher Training, and has committed to sending 220 teachers to attend.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” says Rich Leary, a CrossRoads worker in Ukraine. “We are putting all of our time and energy into making this conference our best ever.”
More about CrossRoads
CrossRoads is an educational strategy that helps communities around the world preserve health and stability, while actively avoiding social crises like HIV/AIDS, addictions and violence. CrossRoads is currently active in partnerships in 45 countries, working with government, non-governmental organizations, educators and health professionals.