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Doll Ministry

Often, the ministry a church does outside its walls is just as impactful as the worship that happens inside. For Ulyanovsk United Methodist Church, that meant creating a unique ministry inside the wall of a local state-run neurological hospital for children. Today, every child admitted to this hospital is given a doll and a marker; the doll’s face is purposefully left blank so the child or parent may draw their own. Doctors and staff then use the dolls to explain some of the medical procedures the child will face. In addition to providing the dolls, church members also offer Bible classes to parents and hospital staff, who have welcomed the United Methodist Church with open arms. During special occasions, members from the Ulyanovsk church also provide worship services. Ulyanovsk UMC even created and furnished a children’s playroom in that section of the hospital—a place where children and parents can perhaps forget their fears even for a short time. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4a)