This whole fire/moving thing isn’t going so well. We have decided to put my daughter on a bus and hope someone at the other end claims her and gives her a better life.
Before you call CPS on me, I’m not really putting my daughter on a bus. That’s crazy, right? What kind of situation would force a parent to just abandon their child, or sell them to the highest bidder? It’s not something that any of us will ever have to face. Even during the worst trial of my life – going through a fire, being unsure of where we were going to live – I didn’t have to worry about feeding my child, or her getting an education. The situations that nearly brought me to my knees with worry would seem like a dream come true to many parents in Asia.
I just got done reading the book No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan and it has changed my life. I have worked with Compassion International for years, so I already KNOW what happens to kids in third-world countries, but the stories that this book shares rattled me to my core.
In the book Dr. Yohannan shares many stories of children and families in Asia who are victims of extreme poverty, and a discriminatory caste system that can seem inescapable. Stories of parents who had to choose between watching their children starve to death or selling them into slavery and prostitution. Children who rarely get one meal per day even though they perform hard labor in quarries and mines. A mother who abandoned her very young daughters on a train because she couldn’t afford to feed them.
One story that really got to me was that of a little boy who got lost on his way home. He was kidnapped and held for years before his family found him again. Many children who are sold or kidnapped end up in the sex industry. The life expectancy of these children is 15 years. FIFTEEN years.
There are over 2,000 verses in the Bible about the poor and oppressed. There is no question that God has a heart for these children, and has commanded us to do something about it. The author of this book is the founder and director of Gospel For Asia, and he talks about their Bridge of Hope project in the book that is not only meeting life-saving physical needs in Asia, it is also introducing these kids to Jesus, who loves and values them no matter what caste they happened to be born into.
What can you do? First of all, read this book. Gospel for Asia is giving everyone who wants to read it a FREE copy here! Secondly, pray! God doesn’t need your money, he wants your obedience, and remembering these children in prayer is the first step. If you feel led to contribute financially you can sponsor one of more children through Gospel For Asia.
Please go get your free copy of the book, and let me know that you did!