23 Mar Children Across the Globe
Street children and homeless children are living in cities, towns and villages all over the globe, regardless of the social, economic, or political climate of the country.
The United Nations estimates there are up to 150 million street children in the world.
Half the global population is likely under fifteen years of age. Perhaps greater than two billion live in extreme poverty and live in extreme risk. No one knows the exact number because they are often unknown to social care and government organizations.
Street children exist in complex circumstances and are very vulnerable to exploitation and violence. It’s hard to reach them with vital services such as education, healthcare, or the gospel of Jesus Christ. The vast majority miss out on education and job training because they are trying to support themselves or their families. *theirworld.org – Street Children
The circumstances for street children can be very complex and there can be various reasons for their situation.
Many street children are still in contact with their families, who may be extremely poor, and will work on the streets to contribute to their family’s income.
Many other children have run away from home or an institution to escape psychological, physical or sexual abuse. They have no home except for the streets and may move from place to place, living in shelters and abandoned buildings.
Some children are homeless with their families. They may be displaced due to poverty or natural disasters or are refugees from areas of conflict. The family will move around frequently, taking their possessions with them. These children often work on the streets with other members of their families.
Others may be children with disabilities who have been abandoned by their families, children separated from their families for long periods of time, or children affected by or orphaned due to HIV/AIDs.
About 75% to 90% of children living on the streets in many countries are boys, according to the International Day for Street Children in 2016. This can be because girls are considered to be more “useful” in some cultures to be in the home, to cook and take care of younger siblings. But in other countries there can be an equal number of boys and girls who are street children.
The term “street children” can be problematic as it can be seen as a negative label. One of the problems for these children is they are often viewed by mainstream society as a threat and a source of criminal behaviour.
The desire to confront this growing need instead of shying away from it is a good sign the Spirit of God is working in us. For a few moments, please consider the interaction and thoughts of Jesus concerning children.
1 – Jesus was a child.
- Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
2 – Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them.
- Mar 10:14,16 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
3 – Jesus healed the child of a foreign woman and culture.
- Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
4 – Jesus cast a demon out of a child.
- Mat 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
5 – Jesus raised a child from the dead.
- Mar 5:41-42 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talithacumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
6 – Jesus used child’s loaves and fish to feed at least five thousand people.
- Joh 6:9-10 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
7 – Jesus said you should become like a child.
- Mat 18:3-4 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
8 – When Jesus came, children cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
- Mat 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
9 – Jesus predicted the terrible days when children would give their parents up to death.
- Mar 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
10 – Jesus said that if you receive a child in his name, you receive him and the one who sent him.
- Mar 9:36-37 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
When faced with the question of reaching the impoverished, oft times dirty faced children of the world, other questions arise. Will it be easy? Will it be safe? Will they respond? Will they appreciate our efforts? Will it cost? Will it be worth it? Will it eventually meet the financial cost?
Please Consider These Thoughts.
This was the EXAMPLE OF JESUS.
- His Care
- His Commitment
- His Compassion
ETERNITY is Found through Their Humility.
They are EFFECTIVELY USED to reach and feed a multitude.
In the EXALTATION OF JESUS, Children are an important part of worship and Jesus likes it.