“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).
We believe that a child’s personality and character are developed during their early years.
During these formative years, the children are like little sponges, they absorb whatever comes into contact with them.
Sadly, much of what children come into contact with in this age is sinful, sensual, sexual and violent.
In the age in which we live, parents are too busy chasing the American dream and their own pleasures to be overly concerned with what their children are doing.
They trust the public school system and perhaps an hour’s lesson at church on Sunday to plant and develop righteousness, morality, faithfulness and courage in their child.
Apart from those influences, children are left largely unsupervised for most of the day. The TV, computer, internet, cellphones and peers are their babysitters.
God's wisdom tells us that a child left to himself brings shame (Prov. 29:15).
We see this manifested in multitudes who were left without adult supervision, and who have been corrupted; and they now live in shameful sin and rebellion.
In the areas in which we work, many homes don’t have TVs; and most of such homes don’t have computers; so the children just play in the streets and dirty yards day and night – watching violence, shootings, drug use and sexual deeds; while their parents work or drink.
Most of the children have watched numerous real-life stabbings and shootings – before they reach high school; and they have watched thousands of hours of sinful deeds in the media, which shaped their minds negatively and poisoned their souls. In poor areas, gangsters are looked up to as heroes; since some of the high-level ones have power, money and girls galore.
This is the children’s norm: Every day the same cycle of sin; and this stimulus powerfully impacts them. Cold, hard and brutal sin is their daily routine.
This, in turn, makes them cold, hard and brutal. This culture promotes and praises violence and vice.
The misuse of women is seen as acceptable and even noble. Girls grow up with a mindset that it is an accepted part of life to be mistreated – all because that’s what they have watched since they were small.
In these areas, we set up meeting places and gather these wandering children together.
We have children’s church services; and we give bible lessons to these children and youths.
We shine the light of the words of Jesus into their dark minds (Psa. 119:115); we teach them God's commandments (Deut. 6:7) and how to pray and lead those who live in hopelessness to believe that all things are possible to those who believe in Jesus (Mark 9:23).
We make them know that if they follow Him, He will lead them to the green pastures and still streams; and if they learn wisdom, it will show them how to have a blessed life and family (Psa. 23, Prov. 3:13).
There are naturally many attacks on these services and programs; wolves try to infiltrate; and the resident evil ones, as always, try to persecute, break and wreck; but our God is able; and He is with us; while we do His work and fight under His banner.
The book of Psalms says that children are to be arrows in the quiver of the Lord Jesus Christ's spiritual army (Psa. 127:4); and we train these little ones to be sharp arrows and to live by the pure ways of God, and how to build their lives on the unshakeable Rock of God’s words.
We believe that in the years to come, they will find their mark and bring spiritual change to the places in which they find themselves.
They live in hostile and difficult surroundings; but we teach them to remember their Creator in the days of their youth, before the difficult days come (Eccl. 12:1).
We take them on regular outings to instill in their minds that they will be rewarded for good behavior in this life and in the next. Also many of them never leave the location, ever.
They are born and raised in the concrete jungle, where there is no quietness, no serenity, no peace.
So, we take them on outings and use the opportunities to teach them.
When we go to places that are peaceful; we bring to their attention that there are no taverns there, when we see families together with children (where they grow up, it’s mainly single mothers); we explain to them – if they don’t have sex before marriage and get bad boyfriends – they can make it to a blessed life.
These outings and guidance, we hope and believe powerfully impacts their developing minds.
Due to their home circumstances, many drop out of school; because their drunk parents don't concern themselves whether the children go to school, or not; and also because they don’t have basic stationery or shoes.
To combat this, we help those we can with their stationery, books and if necessary, uniforms.
Through the mercy and grace of Jesus, we carry on; and we carry our children to Jesus in prayer, together with the needs they have.
The principles that control today’s children determine the state of our world’s future. We teach these children the word of God and believe He will make a way when there seems to be no way (Isa. 35:3-10).
These children’s churches run on volunteers and meet at various places and at certain times.