P4WB: Pray For WAR Babies
At two weeks old, she was sold to human traffickers by her mother. Despite threats, the safe house was able to rescue her. Placed in a safe home, she is now valued for the precious child she is, instead of a product to be exploited. She has a name: Elliana. She has a future. But there are others like her who have not been rescued. The Chicken Farm in Cambodia is an entire “village” where young children are offered for sale. The law turns a blind eye toward this injustice and the crime of preying on children goes unpunished. In India, a mother wondered what to do with her 1 1/2 year old son, Mahesh. She was forced to work in prostitution, and “she did not have a safe place to leave him while she served her clients…. She tied one end of a rope to Mahesh’s ankle and the other end to the foot of the bed. On the bed above him, his mother earned money to feed him and herself” (J. Bundello, ’Rescuing Children of Sex Workers,” in P. Kilbourn and M. McDermid’s Sexually Exploited Children). Internationally, the age of entry into prostitution is 12 years of age (Int’l Justice Mission). There is a myth that the younger the child, the less likely they will have STDs or AIDS/HIV. In 2009, a Detroit, MI man was arrested for running a child prostitution ring—he was selling 89 children (Detroit Free Press, March 19, 2009). There are no statistics on the unborn, though the number must be unthinkably high. Prostitutes may be forced to have violent and unsafe abortions to continue to serve their clients. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mt. 19:14). Jesus loves the little children, and He has placed this burden on the heart of WAR Int’l. WAR Int’l seeks to rescue these young ones—and prayer is the first step. Our God is mightier than anything we can do, and He hears and responds to prayer. Through our prayers, He works.