We do offer children's activities from time to time. Just ask some of us that attend here or keep watch on our website. We have at times offered a Children's Church where children are learning many fundamentals of the faith. On Sunday Mornings a weekly Sunday School for the fall, winter and spring is our major ministry for our children. Rest assured, this is more than a babysitting endeavor. Our Children's Church is a very comprehensive learning opportunity for your young people.
Child abuse is rampant today. Few of us know just how huge child trafficking is or just how likely our children are to be seduced into it. We can, however, educate ourselves on methods that will help to prevent our children from becoming entangled in it.
The first thing we can to is to keep the lines of communication open with our children from the time they are able to talk until they are adults. This requires regular effort spent by both parents and probably a regular time, like at meal time. Have a consistent evening meal time where all of you sit together for a meal. Pray together, talk and eat together. Ask questions. Ask about what and who they are involved with. Listen! Build a relationship. Don't allow yourself to get so busy that you neglect your family or someone else could easily bridge that gap. So many children seek someone who cares when a family gets so busy they aren't available to nurture and be the loving parents they need to be. Be diligent and patient. A perpetrator often is giving, loving, kind, concerned and willing to fill in any gap that a child's family neglects.
Take your child out for a favorite activity, pizza or a game to become informed as to what your child is involved in. Enlist the help of others in your church or family that your child admires to help you determine if there is anything amiss. Check up on your child to see if they are where they say they are going to be. Let them know you are always concerned about them.
You are not being paranoid! Child sex trafficking is extremely prevalent. Be very careful about the internet in your home. Be even more careful about cell phone use. These are the two major ways predators attract children. You can get cell phones that are only to use for emergency situations. Maybe this isn't so popular for them but it is a whole lot safer. Parents need to stand up and do what is best for their family instead of being their friend. There are many parents today that wish they had done things differently than they did. Don't be one of them.
When you educate yourself on child trafficking you will realize that many of these children (teens) are murdered, tortured or introduced with heavy drugs to illicit their participation in whatever the perpetrators want from them.
Often when there is a possible perpetrator in a child's life they become secretive, they lie, and often are not where they say they are going to be. Beware of the signs. Raising a child in this culture today can be treacherous. There is so much corruption and the agencies that are suppose to help us are not able to go to other countries and find our children because of the laws that are in place.
We need to pray continuously (Colossi ans 1:9-11 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing bruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.) Ask God to guide you through this world that would ensnare your children. Be so very careful. They are so valuable to you and to God.
I Peter 5:8 says: Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, remain firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world.
You can find out more about child (teen) trafficking at: OURrescue.org.