Thursday, June 21, 2012

VBS - Day 4

We had 39 (altogether) today, despite temperatures soaring to the upper 90's.  And speaking of those temperatures, I want to insert here that our workers walk to bus stops, ride on non-air-conditioned buses, and then walk from the bus stop to our church back and forth each day.  Talk about dedication to the cause!  All of them are volunteering their time, some of them even taking off from work, to serve this week without being paid.  The eternal rewards are going to be worth it all!

{Below}  Our fearless leader and director of this entire week, Nelya.  Day 4 and she is still smiling!
 {Below} Bible lesson on the story of Ruth
{Below} Question and answer time after the lesson, which we have done each day, using a variety of games.  In this particular game, if a child answers a question correctly, they get to take a grape off from the cluster and look at the back to reveal the points (usually plus, but sometimes minus) for their team.

{Below} The Pineapple Story, told in Russian.  Here is's description of the story: A firsthand account of how God used a pineapple garden to teach an angry missionary the unexpected results of applying God's secret to conquering anger. Recalling the immortal words of martyred missionary Jim Elliot, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
{Below} Real, fresh pineapples waiting outside!
 {Below} The Wordless Book 
 {Below} Today's craft... an angel made from just one paper plate!


 {Below} Daily 20-minute "quiet time" - Christian cartoons, "Superbook" 

{Below} More than likely, the first time ANY of these kids have ever tasted fresh pineapple!  Pineapple does not grow in Ukraine and it is very expensive to buy fresh.  We were blessed by a man in our church today with four pineapples to give to the children.  What a kind gift!
 {Below} Orphan kids heading home on taxis.
Another great day for the books, and we're looking forward to seeing what tomorrow, our last day holds!  Please keep praying for us as we continue sharing God's Word and encouraging these kids to live for Christ!


  1. The Pineapple Story in Russian! The author spoke at a missionary conference a long time ago, when we were first starting out.

  2. It was Otto Koning who spoke at the conference I mentioned in my previous comment. :)

  3. Enjoyed Day 4 photos! Love the pineapples that the man gave for the children to enjoy! How sweet! (Literally!) :) Such a blessing to see the workers busy and the kids happy! Bless you guys for all your hard work!

  4. What a blessing! Lord, Bless these workers and kids. Fill them with an understanding heart that causes them to see Jesus Christ crucified and risen for them personally. Save kids this week and save their families, so that they can stand together for the Lord.
    In Jesus name...Amen

  5. So exciting.... such sweet smiling faces... can hardly wait to hear what today, Friday holds for you all... I am praying for souls and lives to change.. for Christ...
    Can hardly wait to hear tomorrow's BLESSINGS,

  6. What a sweet idea, to give pineapples to go along with the story! Little things like that really do help the lesson to stick in little minds! What a special treat!

  7. Oh, and I LOVE that angel craft! Adorable!

  8. So proud of ya'll.....your dedication to the work God has called you to do is so amazing -- I love you guys!!!! :D God, I'm sure, is very pleased and blessed by ya'll ;)) <3 So many wonderful ppl for me to meet one day in Heaven -- Can't wait!!! :D <3


Thank you for your encouraging comments! "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25