Bible lessons in orphanages

Teach Us to Pray

I work in an orphanage for the very smallest children, from 1 year to 3-4 years old. I teach Bible lessons there three times a week. Many Christians that I meet are not supportive of my ministry. They don’t believe that such little children are capable of believing in God. However, I know that they’re mistaken.

Just recently, I was entering the Agape office, which we rent in a large church here in Kherson. There are also two foster families that live in this church. As I was walking down the hall, I suddenly heard a familiar voice, a child’s voice calling “Mama! Mommy!” I instinctively turned to see who it was, and saw Dima. The very same Dima who I’d worked with 2 years ago in the orphanage, who’d been such a joy to me with his enthusiastic prayers.

 “Dima! Sweetie! Where are you living now? Are you still praying to God?” - I had so many questions for him, wiping tears of joy from eyes even as I spoke.

 “Mama Olga! I remember everything you taught us! If you want, I can tell you a Bible story - any of them - I remember them all!” Dima answered. My happiness knew no bounds. “O Lord, thank You! I Praise You, my Jesus!” my heart was simply bursting with joy.


 This is not the only such incident in our orphan ministry experience. We have seen many testimonies bearing witness to the fact that even the smallest children soak up the pure milk of God’s Word like a sponge. His Word is kept safe in their young hearts until the time He decides they are able to respond to it in full, to take it in, to believe fully, to be fed from and grow in it. It’s something like what we see in Ecclesiastes 11:1, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”

 Serving orphan children brings a special blessing for each of us who work with Agape Ministries - and I have been blessed, personally. I’ve seen the faith that these small children have in Jesus bring forth much fruit.

One morning recently, as I was hurrying to my lesson in the orphanage, I cut through the children’s playroom. The orphanage masseuse was sitting there by herself. She seemed very glad to see me, for some reason. She said, “Olga Pavlovna, teach me to pray, please!” I was a bit puzzled, and asked, “Has something happened? Are you ok?” She answered, “Oh, I’m fine, but I don’t know how to pray. The children who go to your Bible lessons don’t want to start their massage sessions, or any treatment whatsoever, if I don’t start with a prayer. They say that it’s wrong to do anything without praying first, and they won’t accept any excuses or arguments! Please teach me, too. I want to be able to pray like the children do.” She was pleading with me to teach her how to pray! My heart was filled to bursting with joy and gratefulness to our heavenly Father.


“Thank You, Lord, for giving me Christian parents who instilled faith in You in my heart from the time I was a small child. Thank You for parents who taught me to have a personal relationship with You through prayer. Lord, I thank You so much that through these small children, You are revealing Your truth, opening the hearts of the caretakers, nurses and staff in this orphanage to receive Your Word.”


May our Creator God be praised for the holy blood of His son, Jesus Christ, poured out for the salvation of each and every one who believes in Him.

Olga Pronina, Agape teacher