I fully expect many of you can answer, ‘yes’, to that question and quickly list a reason or a number of reasons why. Some of you might have to think a little longer to come up with the answer. Some of you might not want to think about it at all.
Mankind is born with a natural tendency to be selfish. That aspect of our character is often either strengthened or weakened as we grow up from a variety of effects. Are you generous? Are you generous outside of your immediate family?
When you see a need do you respond, even when it costs you something in either time or money? Or do you ignore it?
500,000 Brazilian children are working in the sex trade. 100,000 in the Philippines, and another 100,000 in Indonesia. Most of them are forced into prostitution because of extreme poverty and very few opportunities to rise above it. (UNICEF puts the number in Brazil at 250,000, but the actual number of child sex workers in Brazil stood at around half a million in 2012, according to the National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor, a network of non-profit groups.)
People from wealthier countries spend a lot of money in countries like Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines. Unfortunately, much of it is spent in the sex tourism industry rather than in educating children and creating small businesses where children wouldn't have to sell themselves just to be able to eat, or because they are hooked on heroin.
Please watch this 5 minute report from BBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRwPNrnfejY
These are not the only 3 countries where sex trafficking of children is rampant. Many millions of children are involved either willingly or otherwise in the sex and/or pornography industry. You can’t save them all, but you can save one or maybe several through financial support. There are countless NGO’s out there that help support 3rd world children get the basics of life and an education.
I beg you to consider sponsoring at least one child so that you know that in 2014, you made a difference in someone’s life, and made the world a little bit better.
I also beg you to join me in my 3:15 PM prayer initiative to pray to release God to interfere with the evil plans of pedophiles; to keep the children safe, or to rescue the children who are being abused, and to reveal the identities of pedophiles and pornographers. If enough of us pray….