“Everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by Love.” Martin Luther King Jnr.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa
As you lie in your comfy beds and your kids are all snug and warm in their rooms, take a moment to remember a little girl in another country called India. She is about your child’s age still a baby needing her mommy. Instead, because of her extreme poverty she was sold to become a slave in a stranger’s home where she is now physically and sexually abused. Her little heart is aching from sorrow and fright and her little body is weak and frail. She is so young she does not understand all this, she still hopes that one day her mommy will come to get her. Can you give a little to help rescue her?
Did you know:
Recent figures from the International Labor Organization (ILO) show that:
- Globally, 1 in 6 children work
218 million children aged 5 – 17 are involved in child labor world wide
126 million children work in hazardous conditions
The highest numbers of child laborers are in the Asia/Pacific region, where there are 122 million working children
- The highest proportion of child laborers is in Sub Saharan Africa, where 26% of children (49 million) are involved in work.
The extent of Human Trafficking :
There are an estimated two million children, ages between 5 and 15, forced into commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) around the world
Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years are most vulnerable
15 % of commercial sexual workers in India are believed to be below 15 years old and 25 % are estimated to be between the ages of 15 and 18.
500,000 children worldwide are forced into this profession every year.
UNICEF report of 2005 ‘Rescue and Rehabilitation of child victims trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation’
This writer personally challenges the readers of this blog to ask God what He would have you to do for these children and young women who are in bondage. One thing we all can do is PRAY. The bible tells us that the prayer of one righteous man will avail much. My 6 year old daughter has had a piggy bank since she was about 4 years old. In her own words she refers to the money saved here as ” the money to help the children who do not have food”. She prays for these children almost everyday. I am happy both my daughters are aware of and have hearts of compassion for the less fortunate, while living in such an affluent society as the U.S.