Prayers For the Children – Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB
Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Today’s Gospel urges us to rely on God to help us honor our commitment to love and care for each other. Jesus teaches that we should be like children before God, trusting God’s promise to care for us and asking for his help to keep our commitments to love and care for others. Sadly, many of the children we serve have been forced to grow up too fast, and to face circumstances that even adults would find hard to bear. They have long forgotten what it’s like to be a child, even though they may still be very young.
Like Hipai, who was born in 2013, the year civil war broke out in South Sudan. She has never known a day of peace. In place of childhood, she has experienced conflict, uncertainty, and struggle in her five short years of life. Hipai, like so many other children that have been robbed of their innocence in this conflict-ridden zone, are in need of peace.
In South Sudan, thousands of children have been abducted and forced to join the merciless conflict fighting as child soldiers.
These young girls and boys are being recruited, kidnapped, and made to fight and do horrendous things. They have suffered from systemic mistreatment, have had their childhoods stolen, and missed out on education. While more than 800 children have been recently released from armed groups, there are still 19,000 who remain in captivity. We expect more children to be released soon who will need extensive physical and mental support.
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.
CMMB plays an active role in the overall reintegration process of former child soldiers in South Sudan, including disarmament, demobilization, and reunification with families. The process is slow and challenging. The horrors that so many of these children have faced require specialized care, patience, and time. Our team of child protection officers uses play therapy, psycho-social care, and education to help them rebuild their lives.
Please join us in praying that every child is able to experience joy and peace, and that they are able to receive God’s blessings with an open heart, especially those like Hipai, who has lived through so much in her short life.
In grace and peace,
CMMB – Healthier Lives Worldwide
Stories of Children Living in Extreme Poverty
6-month old Technaida is starting to eat solid foods, but mom struggles to provide enough and worries about her baby.
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2-year old Dafka has a twin sister but is much smaller then her. Dafka in underweight. She often gets sick from diarrhea.