Kindergarten & Shelter in Odessa
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Kindergarten Class in Odessa
On four days each week pre-school children aged 3–6yrs attend. They are mainly from unbelievers' homes, and it is a wonderful opportunity to teach the Scriptures, to help the children learn the importance of prayer, and also help with reading and writing and other activities. It is also an opportunity to meet parents and build bridges into their lives.
Praise God some parents have started to attend church activities, either those organized for couples, or others organized separately for mums. Pastor Vlad Mirmir recently reported that six mothers had attended church on one occasion.
Today around forty-five children and teenagers are cared for, most of whom live in the Shelter. There is a mixture of boys and girls aged 3–18yrs. Some are brothers and sisters. They are all recommended by the local government, which speaks volumes for the trust placed in the Odessa church!
Igor describes a typical daily routine:
‘Small children go to kindergarten. Children with special needs go to a special centre for child development, and older children go to schools and colleges respectively. After their return they have lunch and rest; then they do homework, clean their rooms, and help with other duties. Most of them also get music lessons, go to art school, and learn to take care of themselves and prepare a meal’.