The Holy Spirit moves in ways and through means that, to us, may seem
unusual. If everyone reading this posted their own personal salvation
experience, I suspect we would find a wide array of stories – from the
person who gave her life to Him as a young girl in her home church all
the way to the man whom He rescued as he scraped the dregs of skid
row. We all enter the Christian journey from different points, some
routine and some dramatic… but all covered in this miracle of grace.
Yesterday, many young boys and girls added their conversion story to
this great tapestry of our faith… and theirs certainly merits an
honorable mention among the most unique, because it involved a bunch
of adults dressed as honeybees.
At each orphanage, while most of the MPC crew hurried off the bus to
set up stations for face painting or recreation, a small group of us
stayed on the bus to change into our bee costumes for a short, cute
play geared to the younger half of the children to whom we minister.
The plot is simple – Pasha (Paul in English) will not eat, smile,
laugh, or do anything that the bees do (use your imagination) because
he has lost his joy. The bees call on the Queen Bee to help Pasha
Upon arrival, the Queen diagnoses the situation and prescribes the
cure – Pasha has lost his joy because he does not have Jesus in his
life as his savior. Through a series of songs, including “Jesus Loves
Me” in Russian, the Queen and the bees tell Pasha the plan for our
salvation. Using colors to explain the stages – black for our sin, red
for Christ’s blood, white for the purity it brings, etc. – the
children are interactively led through the only true way that our
iniquity may be cleansed.
Pasha wants to pray the sinner’s prayer and give his life to Jesus.
Then the Queen asks if any other children want to do the same.
Now, granted, with children that age and with the ephemeral nature of
our interaction with them, you never know if they fully understand
things or if they have even reached an age where they can comprehend
sin. However, you cannot doubt or question any child’s sincerity when
they want to pray. Just like the little kids that Jesus invited to
come to Him, the children at these orphanages did so after the
testimony of this short play.
And, yesterday, in an orphanage in Zaporozhie, when they did, it
framed one of the images that, for many of us, will define this trip.
When the Queen Bee asked if anyone else wanted to pray, little hands
rapidly flew in the air and little eyes sparkled. Before the Queen’s
helper bees could navigate their way into the audience, some of this
precious young souls stood up from their seats, fell on bended knees,
closed their eyes, and clasped their little hands in front of them.
Others waited on a prayer partner, either a bee or another choir
member, to join them. As we circulated among these children, you did
not need a PhD in childhood psychology to know that these children —
despite their lot in life and regardless of whether they fully
understood everything about Calvary — were sincere in their prayers
Matthew 18:2-3 reminds us, “He called a little child and had him stand
among them. And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and
become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of
Yesterday we saw firsthand the faith of little children and how they,
unknowingly, were providing us a great example to follow.