USA (MNN) — Remember the U.S. border crisis that was grabbing headlines over the summer? In Washington D.C., with other emergencies to handle on the world stage, it seems to have been “downgraded” from a crisis to a problem.
Politics aside, Biblica says we can’t forget about the unaccompanied children (kids between the ages of 0 and 17 years old with no guardian present) from Central America.
Where are the unaccompanied children now?
According to U.S. statistics, 66,127 unaccompanied children tried to cross into the U.S. between October 2013 and August 31, 2014. More than 30,000 unaccompanied children have been placed with sponsor families while their cases are processed in the court system. Others are still waiting in short-term shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border.
At the short-term shelters, the basic needs of unaccompanied children are met: food, shelter, clothing, education. However, there’s no one to care for their spiritual needs.
Through a partnership with AWANA and the Calvary Community Church in Oxnard, California, Biblica is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with unaccompanied children. Biblica has given out more than 4,000 Spanish Bibles and New Testaments.
Along with God’s Word, Biblica gives special “crisis booklets” to unaccompanied children from Central America. They’re specifically designed for at-risk kids: those who don’t have homes, who are separated from their parents, and who desperately need to experience Christ’s love.
Though the border crisis has largely faded from news headlines, please keep the situation in your prayers. Pray for the unaccompanied children who are waiting for U.S. courts to determine their fate. Pray that those waiting in shelters will experience Christ’s love in a tangible way. Pray that He will remove their fear.