I believe the epidemic of child servitude is a symptom of our unwillingness to serve children. Many of us want to have them around, like an agreeable pet, but we do not want to give of ourselves to serve them. Oh yes, we will give them things: toys, TV’s, cars, video games – anything that will keep them quiet and out of our hair. But to give of ourselves to them our time, our energy, our attention – those things that are truly precious to us – we would rather keep that for ourselves. Although we love to see their round, smiling faces, our society often regards children as a burden, not a blessing. From the womb to death row, children are seen as expendable when they inconvenience individuals or society.Viva Network's The Great Omission website lists troubling statistics like these: over half a billion children are struggling to survive on under $1 per day, 250,000 children and young people are infected with HIV/AIDS every month, 246 million children are child laborers, and 8.4 million children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities.
Overwhelming? Yes. The final word? Definitely not. Viva's worldwide day of prayer for children at risk takes place the first Saturday of June each year. This year it's scheduled for June 3-4, 2006. Why not participate with your kids, their youth group, and/or your church at large? Viva also provides great resources to help you pray with your kids for children at risk across the planet.