Remember The Prisoners (Part 9)

In India alone, there are 11 million children who have been abandoned, and 90% of them are girls. Three million of these children end up living on the streets. (No Longer A Slumdogby K.P. Yohannan, 2011, pp. 31)

In India, there are 50 million children who work from age 4 on. They labor from morning until night for pennies, often making 10 – 15 cents per day. (No Longer A Slumdog, pp. 21)

Most of the unfortunate children who beg on the streets of South Asia’s cities, labor in its fields and factories or die a thousand deaths as child prostitutes are Dalits… In India today, there are about 250 million Dalits. (No Longer A Slumdog, pp. 55)

God is grieved over the plight of children in this generation – children who, this very moment, are suffering in circumstances we don’t even want to imagine. He is looking for individuals who say no to themselves and instead care for the things on His heart…  (No Longer A Slumdog, pp. 78)

I received a free copy of No Longer A Slumdog in the mail from Gospel For Asia. I looked at the cover and placed it on our coffee table. It sat there for a month before I picked it up. Then, I read it all in one sitting.

When I finished, I sat on the sofa, just staring off into space. My heart was crushed by Yohannan’s words. All I could think about were those abandoned children and how they were prisoners in a democratic nation, which Time Magazine called, “the next great economic superpower.”

Eventually, I had to look at myself and ask, “What is Larry going to do to help those children?”

If you are interested in checking out the free offer from Gospel For Asia, just click on No Longer A Slumdog.

The first question that the priest…and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan…reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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17 responses to “Remember The Prisoners (Part 9)

  1. Caddo Veil

    I’ve only had one of those revelation moments, where I said, “somebody ought to…”, and then heard God say, “you’re Somebody”–it was Powerful!!

  2. Caddo Veil,

    Thanks. I’ve had more than a few of those moments.

  3. the Bible Says to pray about prisoners as if it was us, we should all do something. it breaks my heart. i started an e-mail campaign for support, but what more can we do?

  4. Larry, thank you for sharing, in that impacting way you do. Praying now tonight. I have started a book . .but haven’t had much time to read . .but it was written with all proceeds going to help street children. The author is P. F. Cairns, from Scotland. She had visited a South American country and seen the same thing . .and it broke her heart. Now she raises awareness and writes books about it and gives the money from sales to help.
    I have a friend who has gone to India twice, adopting first a boy and then much later a girl, both from the same orphanage there.
    God bless you as you help us ask the harder questions . .Lord, what can I do?

  5. Yalandarose,

    Thanks for your input. I don’t have a great answer either, but I do fast and pray for prisoners on Fridays. I first started praying for North Koreans and have added other prisoners over time.

  6. Debbie,

    Thanks for your encouragement. I would love to do more than just pray and fast for the children. So, I’m seeking the Lord on what else I can do.

  7. Well, I told you about things OTHER people had done . . .not myself! I am praying with you, Larry. I know that fasting and praying is needed and is important!

  8. I read an article about an Indian billionaire who couldn’t invest in his country due to the widespread corruption. i sent him and a few other “bills” emails asking them to invest in child slaves and put their parents to work instead. if only they thought those children were worth more than sparrows and use a fraction of their wealth to help. fasting and praying is a good idea.

  9. Debbie,

    Thanks, I appreciate that.

  10. Yalandrarose,

    I agree, but I also know it’s hard to move people out of their comfort zones.

  11. I always appreciate your posts. We all could do more to help those in need. Blessings Darrell

  12. I’ve been thinking about what I can do to change the world.

    It seems to me that making a living in today’s world is tough. The game has changed. It’s a digital economy. That brings a lot of opportunities but only to those in the know One of the best things I could do is teach every underdog around the world, how to make a living where they thrive and use their best skills to flow value to the world.

    I really am a fan of personal empowerment and I think that entrepreneurial skills are among the best way to help lift others up and empower them to find their way forward in an ever-changing world.

  13. J.D. Meier,

    Thanks. We could certainly use more prosperity to help these youngsters.

  14. You’ve challenged me again, Larry. I admit that I get overwhelmed when confronted with the desperate need in every corner of the world, but that’s really no excuse for inaction.

  15. Judy,

    I know exactly how you feel because I am overwhelmed beyond any answers right now on this.

  16. hi is mornday word be blesset;;;DOT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8

    Thoughts on to day

    God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. The greatest thing we can do is to find that purpose and live it out. We can trust his purpose in us because it is based on his wisdom and love. As long as we seek his will, we’re not going to do anything that can ultimately spoil his purpose in us. Yes, we may at times stray from the perfect channel he wants us to travel, but we never get totally out of the main channel. As long he does not abandon us, (and he promised he never would forsake us he will use us) for his purposes.

    Prayer:

    O Sovereign God, help me discern today what my life is intended to fulfill. Thank you for loving me and promising to walk beside me every step of my life. I live trusting that you will never forsake me. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

  17. sisterdot56,

    Thanks and God bless you today.

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