KIDS IN CRISIS! Helping stem the ocean of misery
It would be nice not to know. It would be easier if we didn’t see the images, if we didn’t read about human misery, especially when that misery involves children. However, World Outreach International (WOI) personnel face these truths every day: misery, helplessness, exploitation, destitution and poverty. Instead of ignoring this difficult reality, WOI individuals and teams are doing something about it.
It is not news to most that we live in a sick, depraved, and cruel world, as the following cold, hard facts reveal:
- 99% of babies abandoned on streets, in gutters, in rubbish bins, in the Indian sub-continent today, are girls, considered to be a burden to both families and society.
- 75-80% of the world’s refugees are women and children.
- Today there are over 200 million child labourers worldwide – with no protection.
- In East Africa, 9 out of 10 girls are abused by the people they trust the most.
- Child pornography generates US$3 billion annually.
- Every day, more than 16,000 children die of hunger. That’s one child every five seconds.
- Two million girls between 5 and 15 enter the commercial sex market each year.
- 89% of prostitutes want to escape.
We in WOI may not be able to stem the whole ocean of Kids in Crisis misery in the world today, but many, many hundreds of children are already being helped! We are making a difference! With the continued blessing of the Lord and your practical partnership, WOI teams can help rescue even more children from a life of hopelessness, abuse, and exploitation.
The promise of the Lord in Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future) does not just apply to the children of Israel, or to you and me, but also to every helpless and defenceless child.
For $45/£30 per month, WOI teams are able to love, care for, feed, and clothe kids, who were once in crisis, and in so doing, give them hope and a future.
Thank you for partnering with WOI to help make an even greater difference.
(Sources of statistic above include UNICEF, YWAM, Global Fund for Children and other organisations.)
John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.