Since the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, UNICEF reports more than 7,000 children have been smuggled into the Dominican by sex traffickers despite government vowing to protect these little ones. The number is far greater than pre-earthquake numbers.
Many other children are sick and dying of cholera and malaria as water conditions deteriorate.
Children are always the most vulnerable in these natural disasters. But it's not natural to take advantage of their vulnerability. And it's not acceptable!
This past weekend, the backlash of a major hurricane with winds and rain further complicates life, with even more contaminated water and tenuous housing conditions.
The good news is the involvement of ministry organizations and others--some of whom we have the privilege of serving--such as HCJB Global, Compassion International, and Mercy Ships®. These are ministries on the ground in places like Haiti. They're partnering with medical teams, with Samaritan's Purse, with local churches and schools to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. They were there before the earthquake and they are there now. And they plan to stay until they're no longer needed.
Interest and focus on places like Haiti, on children and their families is easily ignored once the "storm is over." But Proverbs 31: 8 and 9 makes it clear what we're to do. "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Thank you HCJB Global, Compassion International, Mercy Ships®, Samaritan's Purse, International Justice Mission-and so many others for doing just that!
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