This is one of my favorite pictures of all time. Why? Not because it’s such an artistic shot with everything “just so,” that’s for sure.
But because it reflects the truth about children everywhere.
These children were part of my Sunday School class a few years back, and most of those pictured were from an orphanage. Our church had an agreement with the orphanage that allowed us to take the children on Saturday, have them spend the night with a church family, attend church on Sunday and then return to the orphanage. (Unfortunately, that agreement has not been renewed.)
I was asked to teach a Sunday School class specifically for these children. But I was encouraged by “real” teachers and others that these children were not capable of learning deep truths about God. I would never be able to hold their attention, so I just needed to find some videos and provide coloring books so that the children would be entertained. A snack would be nice, too.
Well, I couldn’t accept that. I knew that God’s Word was powerful and exciting as well! I believe that most children get bored with Sunday school because we don’t challenge them to think. How boring can you get?!
Anyway, I handed out Bibles and helped them find specific passages so that they could see that I was not making up stories, but that God Himself said these things. That He loved them. That He would never leave them. That He was holy. That He won’t tolerate sin. That’s He’s just. And merciful. And forgiving.
And they understood. And were captivated by the Truth!
Some of these children are still in the orphanage. Several now live in families in America. And I get to see them from time to time, especially if I visit Alabama! (Did you know that Alabama is like little Ukraine??!!)
To God be the glory!