From Honduras to Haiti and Bolivia to Bangladesh, Christian ministries are working to bring help to children in need. Those needs take many forms. In the poorer countries millions of children are at risk from starvation and disease. Those children lack even the most basic amenities, like clean safe water or simple medicines.
In the richer countries, millions of children are at risk from the ills of modern society – the loss of stability caused by family and community breakdown.
Either way, these children are suffering from poverty. The message they all receive is, “You’re not worth anything. No one cares.”
Christian ministries exist to prove that ALL children matter, to God and to His people. Christian ministries help children in need by teaching them that they are all precious beings and an important part of God’s plan. As children learn more about Jesus, they feel – perhaps for the first time – a sense of worth and hope for the future.
Christian ministries are bringing help to children in need in undeveloped countries by working to provide food, clean water, medical care, and education programs. In Western countries, the needs may include tackling problems due to child abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse and juvenile crime.
In both cases, the Christian ministries will be based in local churches. It is only by working through local churches and communities that those children most in need can be identified and helped. Christian children’s ministries, wherever they are in the world, are dedicated to bringing help to children in need by providing long-term solutions to problems. They focus on equipping children with skills that will last a lifetime, built on a solid foundation of Christian faith. Children in need who are taught skills, self-esteem and to trust in God have a real chance to live a happy and worthwhile life.
All Christian ministries welcome support for their work of helping people in need, whether by prayer or in financial or practical terms. Churches throughout the United States will be glad of assistance in their outreach programs. Even the smallest donation or the offer of an hour or two of time will be useful in bringing help to those in need.
To help children in need in the world’s poorest countries, people are asked to consider sponsorship. Child sponsorship is a simple and effective way to help an individual child in countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Caribbean. By paying just a few dollars a month, the sponsor ensures that a child in need receives
*clean, safe water
*education leading to future job training
*the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ
The sponsors are also encouraged by the Christian ministry to build a warm friendship with the sponsored children by exchanging letters and photographs, offering prayer and encouragement, and perhaps even paying a visit.
The important message from Christian ministries the world over is that millions of children in need desperately require help. These children need to be helped with a new start and hope for the future. And each one of us can do something for these weak and vulnerable young ones. We can bring help by offering a donation, a helping hand, a sponsorship pledge, and a prayer. It all adds up.
The writer is a freelance journalist who supports the work of Christian ministries working for children in need worldwide.
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