A Call to Child Advocacy
Children are our future. All children can reach their greatest potential when they are loved, respected, and nurtured. Today children represent one third of the world’s population. There are kids who are thriving in loving and supportive homes, but there are still many others who are vulnerable and need our attention, time, love, encouragement, and support.
Children Advocacy Impacts Global Issues
Globally, children are facing issues such as poverty, access to housing, medical care, education, abuse and more. According to Compassion International an estimated 1.2 million children (both boy and girls) are trafficked each year into exploitative work, including mining, factories, armed conflict and commercial sex work.
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13-14)
In the United Stated children are impacted by violence, poverty, broken family relationship, weak social support systems, peer pressure, and more. In 2011 – 2012 statics on a range of children issues show that:
- 16.7 million children lived in poverty with little access to food
- 7 million children had no health insurance
- 206,000 children between ages 12 -17 were victims of violent crimes
- 47% of high school students were involved in pre-martial sex
- between 19 – 25% of middle – high schools were involved in illicit drug use
- 2.7 million (1 in 28) children in the US have parents in prison
The Need for Child Advocacy
There is more we can do for children everywhere. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free. Become more aware of the issues kids are facing and make efforts to help them. Don’t wait for tomorrow; stand up, speak out, and take actions in your community to help children today. Click here to find ways to get involved.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)Please visit some trusted links Child Welfare Services