Discarded and abused—but not forgotten
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”
2 Timothy 4: 16 – 17 “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. ”
Countless children across the world have been abandoned because their parents have died, couldn’t afford to feed them, or simply did not want them anymore. These children often experience unimaginable suffering while living on their own. On our recent mission to Ethiopia and Kenya we met missionaries and local volunteers of children’s homes spending their lives to give rescued children an opportunity to know and love Jesus. Serving in an orphanage we saw first-hand babies and young children embraced by loving Christian caretakers. And yet, for many we still evidenced the lingering effects of malnutrition and abuse that had previously ravaged their innocent lives. Wrinkled skin and blackened marks were noticeable on many of their hands and feet. A few had larger heads disproportionate to their small bodies as their malnourished bodies drained nutrients from the hands and feet. The body naturally preserves the head as the last place affected, thus the enlarged heads. We also were able to pray and love on a set of 2-year-old twins who lived in a totally darkened place for 9 months. With no light at all, the mother hid them and rarely fed them. By God’s grace a neighbor lady rescued the twins and they were placed in the orphanage. They still have eye problems and difficulty focusing in light. The twins arrived 3 months prior to our arrival. Inseparable, we quickly noticed them following each other everywhere around the orphanage. One of them would cry while continuously squinting her eyes as if in pain. After we prayed and laid hands on her, the crying ceased for the rest of the day… Praise the Lord.
Hungry and vulnerable, many orphaned and abandoned children have no choice but to beg in busy streets or may eventually become trapped in a life of prostitution. Children left to survive alone on the streets face sickness, sexual and emotional abuse, and severe malnutrition. Across the world about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. For the millions of children still on the streets, the dangers of human trafficking, bonded labor, extreme weather and various diseases are all threats they must face daily. For those children who have found safety and placement in children’s homes, there is still a long road of recovery they must travel because of the pain and abuse they have endured.
Please join me in prayer …
Heavenly Father, please protect the children living on the streets from the harm that could easily befall them. May you miraculously save the many boys and girls trapped in lives of bonded labor, sexual abuse and homelessness. Please bring wholeness and healing to each of these boys and girls whose bodies and hearts have suffered immensely. May they become physically and spiritually strong by Your grace.
Almighty Father, We lift up the children of this world, the ones who live comfortably and the ones who have no roof above their heads. We lift up the children who have never heard of You. And today as we pray, we remember and lift up in Your tender loving hands, the abused and abandoned, living without love, without hope, and without the basic needs of life.
Lord Jesus, we call upon Your blessed name and pray for the children who are abused and suffering from wounds inflicted deep within them, and those led into sin at a young age, not knowing what they are doing. In Your blessed power, release them from these captives and may their hearts be reconciled in Your perfect love and healing.
Lord Jesus, we ask You to open their eyes and hearts to Your love. May they come to know You deeply, and experience Your love wholeheartedly,
We pray in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen!