Children’s Ministry Prayer Challenge Week 3: Children experiencing homelessness and hunger

November 19, 2020 | by Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao,Ellen Dizon,Catherine Morris

Children’s Ministry Prayer Challenge Week 3: Children experiencing homelessness and hunger

We’ve heard and read very disturbing news about the increased number of families that have been lining up for several hours to pick up food from the food banks all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic that put many parents lost their jobs and are surviving with hardships. Our United Methodist local churches are doing the very best they could in addressing the many concerns and needs of families that have been affected by the pandemic. Children are suffering with their parents from homelessness and hunger in addition to school and health concerns. This is breaking our hearts as many of these families are ours. These families belong to our churches. These families belong to our communities. And we can never take this for granted. We are committed to serve with passion and courage even when we are faced with too many risks. Allow us to be reminded by these words, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”[1] When we give food to the hungry children, we are disciples of Jesus Christ who loves the little children.

We invite you this week to engage in our prayer challenge for all children . . .
             
WORD             Isaiah 43:6-7[2]
                        I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
                                    and to the south, “Do not withhold;
                        bring my sons from far away
                                    and my daughters from the end of the earth –
                        everyone who is called by my name,
                                    whom I created for my glory,
                                    whom I formed and made.”
 
WISDOM         How many Americans live in poverty? Over 38 million, or 12% of all Americans, according to 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 15 million of those were children. These are the most up-to-date figures, but we know that the coronavirus has had a devasting impact on the American economy and the reality is that far more Americans – including children – are facing hunger and poverty today.[3]
 
PRAYER           Pray for:

  •  For homeless children to find a shelter to stay and be provided with food 
  • For children living on the streets in the Third World countries. They need protection, education, a safe place to stay and be provided with food. Most children living in the streets become victims of rape and child trafficking
  • For 545 children[4] that are in cages that are homeless because of their forced separation from parents who were seeking refuge/asylum in the US but were deported back to their home countries in Central America
 
 
 
[1]  A quote from Brazilian Bishop, Dom Helder Camara
[2] New Revised Standard Version of the Bible
[3] Source: No Kid Hungry
[4] Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/lawyers-cant-find-immigrant-children-parents


Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao serves as the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry for the California-Nevada Conference and is staff resource for the Task Force on Children’s Ministry, Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry. 
Ellen Dizon serves on the Task Force on Children’s Ministry, Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry.
Catherine Morris serves on the Task Force on Children’s Ministry, Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry.
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