Children of Courage – raising tomorrow's Church
When Christians are persecuted, it is often children who suffer most acutely ...
By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director, Barnabas Fund
When Christians are persecuted, it is often children who suffer most acutely. As the next generation of the Church, Christian children who are facing hostility and discrimination desperately need our prayers and support.
Will you join believers around the world to remember persecuted Christian children as part of a special week dedicated to the suffering Church? Suffering Church Action Week 2013 will run from 27 October to 3 November, including a worldwide Day of Prayer on Friday 1 November.
Christian children in Syria are suffering desperately in the bloody conflict that has engulfed their country. Because Christians are particularly targeted by the rebels, their children are greatly at risk. It is too dangerous for some even to travel to and from school. Teenage Christian girls are at particular risk of abduction and abuse.
These little ones are also growing up in great need. The price of essentials has been driven up beyond the reach of many. Shortages of food, water, baby milk, electricity and petrol are crippling communities. In the besieged city of Aleppo the price of a kilo of bread has reached US$8-10.
In the midst of this violence and deprivation, Barnabas Fund is providing needy Syrian Christians with food, clothes, medicines and other essentials. We are also helping to dig wells in Aleppo to ensure an adequate water supply.
Persecuted Christian children in other parts of the world also face many pressures, including hostility and violence at school, discrimination in exams, and pressure to convert to the majority religion.
Barnabas Fund’s school-place sponsorship programme funds places for impoverished Christian children at Christian schools, and children benefit greatly from the nutritious food packages we provide for needy Christian families. We also support refuges for Christian girls, and supply Christian magazines for children in the Middle East and Central Asia.
- Please prayerfully consider how you and your church could support courageous Christian children by getting involved in Suffering Church Action Week. For a free resource pack and prayer guide, please visit www.childrenofcourage.org.