And while we want everyone to have fun, the club is not primarily about entertaining the children or simply teaching them through art, music, or whatever. It’s about ‘doing.’ Serving.
We are showing the children that they can be responsible members of their family, their church family and their community…while still children. God is not waiting for them to grow up and THEN serve Him. We have looked at various scriptures that speak of children — a young king or a young boy with his lunch…offering what he had.
Today we read from the Jesus Storybook Bible…we learned that God created EVERYTHING. The universe…our planet…Ukraine…and He placed each one of us right here in Kyiv. Not by chance, but by design. We are all part of personal families and God has also provided church families for us.
While the children finger-painted pictures of their families we talked about the role of children in the family. What can they do? They said that they could help clean the dishes, they could study hard and learn all that they can, and we also mentioned encouraging each other, including the parents! We parents need encouragement…and it is especially sweet when our children speak these words.
I told the children about precious Lena who used to attend church every Sunday and dearly loves the Lord. But she has a serious back problem that prevents her from leaving her flat. She lives just around the corner from the ministry center, so we agreed to go encourage her with a short visit. We took homemade apple pie (thanks for baking, Lena) and our singing voices.
We first sang “If you’re happy and you know it…” and Lena loved to join in the clapping, stomping and amening, particularly when we did all three. Then young Masha sang the Ukrainian national hymn and Lena joined in. Then she asked us all to sing “Jesus Loves Me” in English…she had learned many of the words years ago.
It was clear that she loves children — we recognized some familiar faces in the pictures in her room — and she said that we are always welcome to stop in for a visit.
We all left smiling and certainly plan to visit her again.
To God be the glory.