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April 29, 2009

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The Color of Jesus

By Jill Marshall-Work

She was given a picture of Jesus to color
        in her Sunday School classroom that day.
If she would have asked me the color of His face,
        I wouldn’t have known what to say.
Warm brown like her brother’s? Or peach like her parents’ ?
        Or tan like her own golden hue?
But she didn’t ask me the color of His face–
         she colored it blue.

Would his hair be in black flecked with gray like her Daddy’s?
          Or would it be copper like mine?
Or silver like Grandma’s? Or maize like her cousins,
           with a layer of gold for some shine?
Or gray like her Grandad? Or dark like her own,
           a cascade of silky black ink?
But she didn’t ask me the color of His hair–
           she colored it pink.

One ear was turquoise, the other was green.
His beard was the purplest purple that I’ve ever seen.
She made His lips yellow, His neck was in brown.
Then she looked at His eyes and she stopped with a frown.

Had she noticed His eyes were as round as a marble,
         with her Daddy’s and mine the same way?
The eyes in her picture were not like the eyes
         that she saw in the mirror each day.
But you’d think that by now I would realize
          how the world would be seen
          through my daughter’s sweet, 4-year-old, almond-shaped eyes.
For her whole box of crayons was used to portray
          the rainbow of love that she found in the eyes of her Jesus
          in the picture she colored that day.

She was given a picture of Jesus to color
        in her Sunday School class, but you see–
The Sunday School lesson in love that was learned
         was taught by my four-year-old daughter to me.

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Pequenopie “Little Feet” April 26, 2009

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pic221This is a little boy or girl in Nepal who is a orphan now or at one time. Our family is excited and ready to start this difficult journey on to adopting and fulfilling the things that God wants in our lives.

We are at the very begining of the process and we are inviting friends and family to partner with us on this great journey. Please stay tune for further information.

More to come later!

 

April 23, 2009

WHO WILL SAVE THE CHILDREN?



Cry for all the innocent ones
born into a world
that’s lost its heart
For those who never
learn to dream
because their hope is crushed
before they can start
And we shake our fists
at the air
and say, “If God is love,
how can this be fair?”

But we are His hands
We are His voice
We are the ones who must
make the choice
And if it isn’t now,
tell me when?
If it isn’t you, then tell me
who will save the children?
Who will save the children?

We count our blessings one by one
yet we have forgotten how to give
It seems that we don’t want to face
all the hungry and homeless
who struggle to live
But heaven is watching tonight
tugging at our hearts
to do what’s right

And we are His hands
We are His voice
We are the ones who must
make the choice
And if it isn’t you, then tell me
who will save the children?
Who will save the children?

As we observe them through our T.V. screens
they seem so distant and unreal
But they bleed like we bleed
And they feel what we feel
Oh, save the children
Save the children
Save the children

Now we decide that nothing can change
and throw up our hands in numb despair
And we lost a piece of our souls
by teaching ourselves just
how not to care
But Christ would have gone to the cross
just to save one child from being lost

And we are His hands
We are His voice
We are the ones who must
make the choice
And it must be now
There’s no time to waste
It must be you
No one can take your place
Can’t you see that only we
Can save the children
Save the children
Save the children
Please, save the children

Written By Randy Stonehill
© Copyright 1984 by Stonehillian Music &
Word Music (a division of Word, Inc.)

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” April 19, 2009

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baby-feet-1We are still moving in this adoption process, very  slowly. Anyone who is in this process or has adopted knows how long all this takes. Most countries it takes years and years. It’s amazing for me to think that there are millions of orphans all over the world and so many families waiting, waiting for years. It doesn’t make sense to me. I feel for those women who have infertility problems. Most women get pregnant very quickly and only have 9 mos to wait to have their child. These women who have infertility issues wait years and years.

 

  • An estimated 6 million couples per year — 10 percent of all married people, experience fertility challenges.
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  • Most states do not require health insurers to offer infertility coverage. Only 15 states require at least some fertility coverage (with many restrictions attached).
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    Pregnancy:

    There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States:

    • 4,058,000 live births
    • 1,995,840 pregnancy losses

    Pregnancy Loss:

    Every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss:

    • 600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage
    • 1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination
    • 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy
    • 6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies
    • 26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth

    Reproductive Health:

    Every year in the United States, there are 60,000,000 women in the childbearing years of 15-44 :

  • 6,000,000 women deal with infertility
  • 2,000,000 married couples are infertile
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    These statistics are frightening to me. Not only are families having infertility problems but then even if they do conceive a child they can still loose that baby in miscarriages and things like that. Meanwhile the costs of infertility treatments are very expensive and there is no guarantee that they will work or not. I guess there options could be to go through the fertility treatments, foster care, or adoption.

    Meanwhile in countries all over the world there are babies and children waiting to get a family. Some countries when the child gets to 14 they are unadoptable and then these children are taken out of the orphanage. They have no skills, no family, nothing, so most of them end up on the streets. No options for them. How sad, to be given up on. Our youngest has just turned 15, I can’t imagine her surviving without us, on the streets with no support, skills, food. The necessities that we all need to live.

    How can we as Christian people sit back and let this continue to happen. As for me and my family, we will go through this process of adoption, no matter how long it takes, no matter how much it costs. We know the end result will be glorious. Yes, it’s hard, difficult, the waiting is frustating, the cost is scary with this economy and all of that. But when God shows you what he wants of you, none of that stuff matters. God will orchestate this in his timing, his way.

    For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.   Mark 8:35

    More to come later!

     

    Pequenopie “Little Feet” April 8, 2009

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    CHINA MISSION

     

    In a country far away 

    children are abandoned everyday

    finding it hard to leave this place

    having looked upon each precious face

     

    Our mission was from God above

    the purpose was to show them love

    these orphan children are in his hand

    our hearts remain in this land

    Written by: Diana Douglas ( blonde goddess and roomie at PHF)

     

    Pequenopie “Little Feet” April 4, 2009

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    There are orphans all over the world but there are many issues in this world that children are suffering from. There is poverty, orphans, abuse, suicide, drugs, incest, and the sex slave trade plus I’m sure there are many more horrific issues for these children of this world.

     

     

    Prostitution is one of the fastest growing components of today’s world economy.

     

     

    “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a fundamental violation of children’s rights. It comprises sexual abuse by the adult and remuneration in cash or kind to the  child or a third person or persons. The child is treated as a sexual object and as a commercial object. The commercial sexual exploitation of children constitutes a form of coercion and violence against children, and ammonts to forced laour and contemporary form of slavery.”

     

    Prostitution, There are mainly five types of CSEC, including child child sex tourism, early marriage, child pornography and trafficking in children.

     

     

    1) Child Prostitution: The use of a child in sexual activities for remuneration or any other form of consideration, as stated by Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

     

    2) Child Sex Tourism: The commercial sexual exploitation of children by persons who travel from their own country to another usually less developed country to engage in sexual acts with children.

     

    3) Early Marriage: The marriage of the children and adolescents below the age of 18 years. There are some common examples of early age marriage, such as: forced marriages, temporary marriage, false marriage and marriage with the Hindu deity.

     

    4) Child Pornography: Any representation, by whatever means, of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes, as stated by Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

     

    5) Trafficking in Children: Trafficking consists of all acts involved in the recruitment or transportation of persons within or across borders, involving deception, coercion or force, debt bondage or fraud, for the purpose of placing persons in situations of abuse or exploitation, such as forced prostitution, slavery-like practices, battering or extreme cruelty, sweatshop labour or exploitative domestic services.

     

    Situation in South Asia

     

    Prostitution, which is also included in human trafficking, is an intolerant social reality and a major issue in South Asia.

    The countries making up the South Asia region support about one-quarter of the planet’s population, with a large number of people unemployed and living below the poverty line. This socio-economic situation has helped increase social crimes, especially human trafficking of women and children.  

     

     

    Each year more than one million children worldwide are reportedly forced into child prostitution, trafficking and sold for sexual purposes or used in child pornography. The children in the commercial sex industry are living like slaves and have no means to come out of this vicious cycle.

     

     

    India has more than 100,000 child prostitutes in the only six metropolitan cities: Mumbai, Calcutta, Channai, Dehli, Hyderabad and Banglore. These are one third of a total of 300,000 child prostitutes in the country according to the statistics presented in the Stockholm Conference, 1996

     

    With an untested estimate of 270,000 child prostitutes, the problem of child prostitution in India is widespread and quite visible.

     

     Some studies estimate that more than 6,000 girls are being sold to India each year, which adds to the huge number of 172,0000 girls, mostly from Nepal, working as prostitutes in India (Naqvi, 2005). According to a report (A World to Win News Service, 2005) there are 400,000 to 500,000 child prostitutes in India. Many are trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh.

     

     

     

    Pakistan has some of social taboos in which discussion on an issue like child sexual abuse is prohibited. Culture and traditions do not allow the exposure of such issues. But a study by ANLAAP Indian NGO said that Karachi is notorious for receiving a million Bangladeshi and more than 200,000 Burmese women.

     

     

     

    Bangladesh like some of other South Asian countries is having the custom of early marriage of the young girls. This custom is so deeply rooted in the minds and attitudes of the people that it has destroyed the whole social setup. It is so difficult to end this custom because generations after generations are so strictly attached to this custom.

     

    According to the estimates taken by the UNICEF, 51 percent girls in Bangladesh get married before the age of 18 years (ECPAT, 2005).

     

    In the decade from 1988 to 1998, 200,000 Bangladeshi girls were sold into the sex industry in nations including Pakistan, India and Middle East (Ibid, 2005).

     

     

     

    Sri Lanka is having the problem of child prostitution primarily among boys, which is highly visible in beach resort areas. The first scientific study on the scale of child sexual exploitation in Sri Lanka has concluded that 100 children are sexually exploited every day on the island (Ibid, 2005).

     

     

     

     

    Nepal is having the growing trade of child trafficking. Every year thousands of young women – some barely in their teens – are smuggled out of their homes in the mountains of Nepal to the plains of India.

     

    Nepali welfare agency says that there are about 200,000 Nepali girls in red light areas of Indian cities at any given time (Ibid, 2005).

     

    It is reported that child prostitution is a growing problem in Nepal. No clear numbers exist but approximations are very high. The NGO Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) alleges that 2000 brothels exist in Nepal and a high percentage of the prostitutes working were children (Ibid, 2005).

     

    The trafficking of children is a considerable problem. While accurate numbers are not available, it is estimated that 5000-7000 Nepalese girls are annually trafficked out of Nepal to India, and increasingly, to the Gulf States for prostitution purposes. As an illustration, it is believed that 200,000 of the prostitutes in India are Nepalese. Twenty percent are thought to be under 16 (Ibid, 2005).

     

    In 2000, Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) recorded 240 cases of girl trafficking – 30% of them were below 16 years of age. 66 girls returned home through various means, and in 97 cases the police were able to arrest traffickers (Ibid, 2005).

     

     

     

     

    REASONS

    What makes children vulnerable to sexual exploitation? We can declare poverty as the catalyst for the sexual exploitation of the children. But poverty is not alone the root cause of this heinous crime.

     

     

    Population Growth Rate and Poverty

    South Asia is having countries with the higher annual growth rates; India and Pakistan. Therefore, it is very hard for the developing countries with the limited resources to fulfill the needs of its population, especially the children. The economic deprivation of the children and their families is the biggest cause of CSEC.

     

     India has around 2.3 million prostitutes working in the region. Most of the girls are driven to this ‘profession’ due to poverty, marriage or adoption.

     

     

    Globalization

    Demand and supply, the most commonly used economic terms now in command socially. As human beings, human feelings are for sale like a trade show in the form of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

     

    There is a network of criminals involved in the CSEC; these criminal elements provide the services in the sex market on the demand of customers, mainly men, who seeks unlawful sexual gratification with children.

     

    There are several reasons for human degradation in the form of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, such as: demand by the adults (usually the economically well off or well to do men) to satisfy their sexual desires and the economic deprivation of the victims or poverty.

     

     

    These statistics sound insurmountable but there are people working in the slave trades to protect and get women, and children out of this life that they live.

     

     There are so many issues all over the world, and it is so easy to live our lifes in a little bubble, only seeing our cushy lives of security and having so much. Having clean drinking water and the chance to live a good life of wealth and security. Only turning to God when we loose our job or have sickness. We are so blessed and are constantly pleading with God to give us more.

     

    I personally can not do this anymore. Going to China and falling in love with the people, seeing their dignity, even in the face of those living in poverty and degradation. How small our issues seem, of always asking for more and never having enough.

     

    More to come later!

     

     

     

     

     

    Pequenopie “Little Feet” April 2, 2009

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    FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
    If while pursuing distant dreams
    Your bright hopes turn to gray,
    Don’t wait for reassuring words
    Or hands to lead the way.
    For seldom will you find a soul
    With dreams the same as yours,
    Not often will another help you
    Pass through untried doors.
    If inner forces urge you
    To take a course unknown,
    Be ready to go all the way,
    Yes, all the way alone.
    That’s not to say you shouldn’t
    Draw lessons from the best;
    Just don’t depend on lauding words
    To spur you on your quest.
    Find confidence within your heart
    And let it be your guide.
    Strive ever harder toward your dreams
    And they won’t be denied.
    –Bruce B. Wilmer