Published: 00:01 GMT Standard Time - Sunday 04 March 2012
Lent Prayer - Children
Project(s): 00-665, 00-794, 75-821, 80-664, XX-207, 21-967
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Children are among the most defenceless members of a family. They are vulnerable and can be easy targets, in particular for physical persecution. Children can also suffer in education, and may face hostility and discrimination at school because of their faith, or even be marked down or failed in exams.
Christian children get a Christian education in Sudan thanks to support from Barnabas Fund. We also pay for a daily nutritious meal for them
In some countries abject poverty, caused at least in part by discrimination, forces Christian families to choose between food and education for their children. Worse still, when anti-Christian violence forces families to flee, they become refugees and leave behind their homes and jobs; finding a new school for the children and paying for their books, uniform and fees is often out of the question.
In the Gospels, Jesus strongly affirms children when He says, “...whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Thus churches seek to nurture and teach their children, so that they may grow up to become lifelong disciples of Christ. Barnabas Fund partners with churches to support and encourage our Lord’s little ones. Where Christian children have witnessed horrific anti-Christian violence, we have helped to provide shelter and education facilities to support them, as in Burma (Myanmar) and trauma counselling, as in Orissa State, India.
A child sponsorship programme enables over 6,500 Christian children to attend Christian schools in eight different countries where Christians face pressure from other faiths, including Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and the Holy Land. We also help to provide Christian children’s magazines in the Arab world and Central Asia, to encourage Christian children where they are in the minority and help strengthen their faith.
Pray for those Christian children who are forced to deal with much more pain and suffering than many of us will ever experience in our lifetime, and to count the cost of following the Lord Jesus. They may experience isolation, discrimination, mockery, kidnap, rape, abuse and sometimes even murder because of their love for Christ.
Pray that He will keep them strong in their faith and that He will pour out His blessings on them. Give thanks to God for the work Barnabas Fund is able to do to support Christian children around the world, and pray that the children will continue to grow in their knowledge and faith.
Barnabas Fund projects include:
- Children’s Fund (Ref. 00-665)
- Christian Schools for Christian Children (Ref. 00-794)
- Christian orphans in Burma (Ref. 75-821)
- Children’s magazine in Central Asia (Ref. 80-664)
- Children’s magazine in Arabic (Ref. XX-207)
- Trauma care for children in Orissa, India (Ref. 21-967)
This article is taken from
“Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent 2012” -.